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    Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    I want to build one of these as a TIG project. Looks the materials will be expensive.

    My FIL gave me a piece of quarter inch 2x2 that fits right into my receiver that is certainly not what i will fab this thing with entirely but the piece going into the receiver will be just fine.

    I think I am looking at hot rolled A500 2x2 but I dont know what is an optimal thickness for the tubing can be.

    Also need a short section of 2.5 x2.5 square for under the “T”.

    The tubing i am thinking of is SQUARE but with rounded corners.

    The bulk of the canoe weight will rest on the factory rack And Yakima rack on our Sienna, with an end resting on this contraption.

    I want the ability to remove the T-bar when stored.

    Here are some pictures. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    HAUL-MASTER
    Class III 18 In. X 2 In. Standard Receiver Tube

    HF $15.99

    For the short section you need attached to the Top T
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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    If you can find telescoping tube like this , you could use it as well.



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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    If you can find telescoping tube like this , you could use it as well.



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    where would. Find rhis stuff. How strong would it be?

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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    I made something similar. I use it to carry 12' stock on my VW wagon. It works great and spreads out the load and the stock doesn't flex as much when I'm driving at 65mph.

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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    Quote Originally Posted by vdotmatrix View Post
    where would. Find rhis stuff. How strong would it be?
    My metal supplier has it but they have a pretty extensive inventory.


    I guess ya just need to call around in your area.
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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    Quote Originally Posted by dmcnally View Post
    I made something similar. I use it to carry 12' stock on my VW wagon. It works great and spreads out the load and the stock doesn't flex as much when I'm driving at 65mph.

    Dave
    Very nice. I found some material in my father in law’s shop . From left to right: 2x2x 0.25 receiver tube base; upper receiver 2x2x 0.125; top bar and bar upright is 1.75 x 1.75 x .188. I cut everything to length or at least rough cut and fine tune once assembly begins.
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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    Assembly and drilling time....ohoh.


    That short section of 2”x2”X .1875 square tubing to slide over 1.75” x 1.75” x .125” long upright fits too tight.

    I only have what I have and I am home now. Doh.

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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    Quote Originally Posted by vdotmatrix View Post
    Assembly and drilling time....ohoh.


    That short section of 2”x2”X .1875 square tubing to slide over 1.75” x 1.75” x .125” long upright fits too tight.

    I only have what I have and I am home now. Doh.
    Is it too tight because of the inner weld seam? it that's the case you could probably get after it with a good hand file since it is so short... unless you have a long nose die grinder or some extended length shank bits...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    Is it too tight because of the inner weld seam? it that's the case you could probably get after it with a good hand file since it is so short... unless you have a long nose die grinder or some extended length shank bits...
    Difference in thicknesses in the tubes , one is 1;8th and the other is 3/16”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdotmatrix View Post
    Difference in thicknesses in the tubes , one is 1;8th and the other is 3/16”.
    I fell asleep in the middle of this post. Anyway, the 2x2 is 3/16” , i think had it been 1/8” thick wall it would have telescoped. It is weird that this 2x2 does not have a seam. Heading to metal super market for the piece today.

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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    here's a way around the inner weld seam



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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    Quote Originally Posted by jniolon View Post
    here's a way around the inner weld seam

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    Thank you...i think this will be great! I will nee to not get carried away because the wall thickness is only .120....but it is just about the same size in length, as the piece in this video...pretty cool...

    Did you also come across a video called seam impossible, where the guy made a tool for removing the seam?

    I will try and find it.

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    Re: Trailer hitch t-bar extention for canoe

    Quote Originally Posted by jniolon View Post
    here's a way around the inner weld seam



    john
    I think I like the angle grinder method...

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