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"Pipe Rack" Fits Into Front And Back Receiver Hitches
My home-built irrigation pipe rack fits into receiver hitches on front and back of my 1-ton pickup. Its really handy to use and didnt cost much to build, says Dan Ambrose, Grand View, Idaho.
  Ambrose gets a lot of mileage out of home-built receiver hitch brackets that he uses for everything from welding trailers to shop welding tables and 3-pt. hitches (Vol. 36, No. 5). The L-shaped metal brackets are designed to accept a standard receiver hitch. The height of each bracket can be adjusted by changing the position of a bolt.
  Ambrose uses the pipe rack to haul 40-ft. long, 3-in. dia. irrigation pipes, which extend out over the pickup cab.   
  The pipe rack consists of 2 brackets. One fits into the front hitch and the other into the back. Each rack extends out 3 ft. and then up 5 ft., with a 7-ft. long horizontal telescoping frame on top.
  The top sections telescope out to either side. Hinged uprights at each end can be flipped up or down.
  To load pipe I flip the uprights down on one side of the pickup. Once the rack is full I loosen a bolt and flip the uprights up to keep the pipe in place, says Ambrose. A lot of farmers build 2-wheeled pipe-hauling trailers, but I didnt want to tie up an axle for something that I would only use twice a year.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dan Ambrose, 22219 River Road, Grand View, Idaho 83624 (ph 208 834-2388 or cell 208 598-3498; pdugger@earthlink.net).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #1