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Captain Ken

Made my own tow bar for Otter

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Captain Ken

Bought the Otter Small Den and decided that I would try and save a few dollars since the fish house, sled and (necessary) cover add up to about tree-fity (that's $350 if you aren't from Chicago). Tow bar is about $45 to buy. So, I got 3/4 thinwall conduit and decided to try and bend my own. Bought a couple of small hitch pins from Menard's. Cut the thin wall in half (5 ft sections now) and bent it into a tow bar. Tried to do it all mathematical and scientific, but finally said the heck with it cause the directions for complicated conduit bending are incomprehensible to me. I eye balled it and did it a little at a time to get the angles just right. About 2 45 degree angles opposite one another. For the tow eye I will screw some cold rolled steel about 2 inches wide to each side of my tow bar and drill a hole through it for attachment to the hitch on the sled.

I think it will be sturdy enough to withstand some good pulls across the lake. Will get to try it out at the Burntside Bash soon. Total cost about $10 plus the satisfaction of doing it myself, assuming it works. If it doesn't, the tow bar I made myself will cost $55 and my self esteem will be shattered.

Thought you might be able to save a couple bucks by doing it yourself too.

Capt

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Surface Tension

Captain Ken, Reading the directions for the conduit bender is something I too shy away from and go about like you. I have lots of scraps in the garage from mistakes too laugh.gif

See you Jan 29th at the Ice Leaders Burntside Bash.

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Captain Ken

I tried a few practice runs on some old conduit I had. They write the directions in the most nonintuitive manner. I even looked on the internet for a better set and found little. shocked.gif

Can't wait to find some lakers!

Capt

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Kylersk

cross post to my hitch. Now I'd like to make it so it can stay attached to my sled, but fold back up over the top of the sled. It gets to be a pain having to remove it from the sled.

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