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peterbelden



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:01 pm    Post subject: dimensions? for temporary board rack in van? Reply with quote

We plan to rent a van for a week to transport 5 boards other gear and 4 people. I'm looking for tips/plans on how to quick build racks to go in the rental van to hold the boards. At Al West's Maui Vans in Maui the Ford E-150 vans come with a great PVC pipe collapsible rack that holds 3-4 boards. So something like that would be ideal. I thought that on the forum there might be someone who has already written up dimensions for something like this.
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dllee



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1" PVC
As wide as the widest board.
7" vertical spacing.
Placed 35" from closed rear doors.
Add 12" for full width rack for sails.
Front to rear spacing, 48".
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peterbelden



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!!!
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peterbelden



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there an alternative to PVC? I'm a true treehugger and thus have been scared off by the chlorine in PVC and so try to find alternatives. PEX seems to be a recommended alternative but it looks too flexible to hold up boards. Is there something else that is similarly available and cheap like PVC?
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isobars



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, ya don't have to EAT it, ya know. Smile
Take along some rubber gloves if it bothers you that much, but we're exposed day in and day out to much greater amounts of much more egregious stuff than PVC. Besides, a LOT of our WSing gear ... and our shower curtains ... and much of our clothing ... our vinyl seat upholstery ... and MUCH more are mainly PVC.
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windward1



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless you are completely off the grid with your own unregulated water supply, the water from your tap has chlorine in it. A little eensy, teensy bit. One of the best bacteria killers there is. Saving lives by the millions every day....
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peterbelden



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed much chlorine is inescapable and in some cases beneficial as you note. But for more trivial things like shower curtains I've found cheap alternatives to vinyl and so thought there might also be an emerging market for cheap alternatives to PVC pipe too. It's too bad PEX isn't stiffer. Oh well.
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rswabsin



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not use smaller sized lumber - like 2"x3"s from Home Depot and screw together. You can buy 2"x3" for less than $2 per 8' length.
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peterbelden



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wood is a nice option but the convenient thing about the PVC option is that it can fold easily.
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cgoudie1



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So your Treehuggery (or lack thereof) is somewhat based on convenience.
You sir are an intelligent conservationist, and I salute you!

I've used galvanized pipe if that feels less offensive or dangerous to you.
It's heavy and unwieldy but it can be built to fold. and will need pads(which might also be toxic).

My current van rack is PVC.


-Craig

peterbelden wrote:
Wood is a nice option but the convenient thing about the PVC option is that it can fold easily.
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