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Made my own tow bar for Otter

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.


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