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I have a "Bentolin Durable Hitch Mount Flagpole Holder with Anti-Wobble Screws Universal for Standard 2-Inch Hitch Receivers" and a "DIIG 6FT Flag Pole Kit, Stainless Steel Heavy Duty American US Flagpole, Rustproof for Outdoor Garden Roof Walls Yard Truck" (see below).

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This set-up is fine when driving around town. However, the flagpole (it has a 1" diameter) wobbles around and is a safety hazard at highway speeds.

I went on Amazon and "every" trailer hitch flag pole had a 1" inch diameter. One company sells a square pole/hitch combo for around $140.00. See below.

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Does anyone have any suggestions which will not cost $140.00 plus the amount I spent for the prior flag pole holder.
 

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Find a piece of pvc pipe - or a couple pieces the right size to slide in the existing pipe - and use them as collet / sleeve to shim the hole to the size you want. Mark where the tightening bolts would hit the PVC and drill holes a fair bit larger than the tightening bolts - so your tightener still tightens down directly against the flag not the sleeve. Should hold everything together nicely.
 

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Go to hardware store. Buy a foot of 3/4" rubber hose. Cut 3" sections and slice down the middle. Use as many sections as needed.
 

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Oooo... I was wondering about this too.. what I could use to put a flag.. but I dont even have a hitch in the back yet...
 

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Find a piece of pvc pipe - or a couple pieces the right size to slide in the existing pipe - and use them as collet / sleeve to shim the hole to the size you want. Mark where the tightening bolts would hit the PVC and drill holes a fair bit larger than the tightening bolts - so your tightener still tightens down directly against the flag not the sleeve. Should hold everything together nicely.

This is what I did so far. I took a 1" x 2' piece of PVC pipe and inserted it into a 1 1/4" x 2' piece of PVC. The 1" diameter flag pole fits snuggly into the inner PVC pipe. The flag hitch grip is much tighter on the external 1 1/4" PVC pipe. However, I will probably insert the two PVC pipes into a 1 1/2" pipe for an even tighter fit.

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Some Macgyver stuff right there ! )))
how dose it stays in there pretty solid ?
wonder why they made that flag pole holder so huge ...
 

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Some Macgyver stuff right there ! )))
how dose it stays in there pretty solid ?
wonder why they made that flag pole holder so huge ...
Great question. The diameter is so large you can fit a commercial metal fence pole in it.
 

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Because our trucks are so square, unless you brace the top of the pole, it'll wobble around due to wind buffetting.

Go pick up some 550 chord, tie one length of it to the roof bar on the right and another to the roof bar on the left, then cut them to length and tie them off to the top of the flag pole so that it is braced.
 

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This is what I did so far. I took a 1" x 2' piece of PVC pipe and inserted it into a 1 1/4" x 2' piece of PVC. The 1" diameter flag pole fits snuggly into the inner PVC pipe. The flag hitch grip is much tighter on the external 1 1/4" PVC pipe. However, I will probably insert the two PVC pipes into a 1 1/2" pipe for an even tighter fit.

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Looks good. If you want to clean up the appearance you can obviously cut the PVC shorter, or bedliner the pvc black - bedliner sticks to pvc pretty well.
 

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This is what I did so far. I took a 1" x 2' piece of PVC pipe and inserted it into a 1 1/4" x 2' piece of PVC. The 1" diameter flag pole fits snuggly into the inner PVC pipe. The flag hitch grip is much tighter on the external 1 1/4" PVC pipe. However, I will probably insert the two PVC pipes into a 1 1/2" pipe for an even tighter fit.

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Turns out that a 1 1/4" PVC pipe will not fit into a 1 1/2" PVC pipe. I tried to find a 1 1/4 PVC repair coupling but none of the big box stores carry it.
 

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Looks good. If you want to clean up the appearance you can obviously cut the PVC shorter, or bedliner the pvc black - bedliner sticks to pvc pretty well.
Yes - I will definitely paint it black because I like the support the longer PVC provides.
 

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Post some more photos later one to keep us updated with this project )
 

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Post some more photos later one to keep us updated with this project )
I love the comparison between my posts and your posts. My posts involve minor inconveniences, and your posts involve major upgrades. I guess we all can't be "A" students.
 

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I love the comparison between my posts and your posts. My posts involve minor inconveniences, and your posts involve major upgrades. I guess we all can't be "A" students.
most of the time I dont know what I am about to get into before starting doing some repairs and figuring it out as it goes.. some times it works some times it doesn't lol
but I would like to see more of the photos of your suspension
 

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most of the time I dont know what I am about to get into before starting doing some repairs and figuring it out as it goes.. some times it works some times it doesn't lol
but I would like to see more of the photos of your suspension
Posting lift pics now.
 

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Turns out that a 1 1/4" PVC pipe will not fit into a 1 1/2" PVC pipe. I tried to find a 1 1/4 PVC repair coupling but none of the big box stores carry it.
If you have access to a table saw and now how to use it - you can cut a slit the full length of the smaller pipe - essentially splitting one size lengthwise - then hammer it in the thicker pipe. Make sure your using a guide and blade cover to do this safely because cutting pvc is much more difficult than cutting lumber.

If you don't have a table saw you can do it with a hand saw and a vice if you have the patience. You will then need to run something like dremmel down the slit to widen it - or your 1.25 pipe won't fit into the 1.5 inch pipe.

If your wondering how on earth I know all this - there is a whole group of people online that build all kinds of crap out of PVC pipe. Its one of the most versatile and cheapest building materials available. I have built a bike stand, a kayak rack, and a english style lonbow out of the stuff. Check out youtube to find more ideas - there are plenty.
 
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