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Old 05-23-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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Flag pole mount ideas needed

Hello everybody. Yesterday my good friend passed away. Very heart braking. A great guy and a great Marine. Now I'm interested in getting a mount to hold a big USMC flag while I ride to his funeral. If anybody has any suggestions, please let me know. Pictures would be great on what I can do since I am a better visual learner. I was also curious as if a flag could go into my cb antenna mount?

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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Hello everybody. Yesterday my good friend passed away. Very heart braking. A great guy and a great Marine. Now I'm interested in getting a mount to hold a big USMC flag while I ride to his funeral. If anybody has any suggestions, please let me know. Pictures would be great on what I can do since I am a better visual learner. I was also curious as if a flag could go into my cb antenna mount?
I haven't done it yet, but you could use something to secure the flagpole to the stock tire carrier? Take the tire off, and use something strong to secure the flag? Then put the tire back on. I've been wanting to do this for a while but never got around to it.

You also can secure the pole somehow to a hitch if you took the ball out? Seen it done before with a huge PVC pole and huge flag.

Also, i'm very sorry for our loss. (I say OUR loss because he was a Marine and this country owes everything to someone like that)

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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Sorry for your loss brother. Here's a nice idea, this guy used a bracket and hose quick connects



I know they sell a bunch of specialty mounts for flags etc. but I think this is the cheapest and easiest approach. I might fly a flag this weekend in honor of your buddy and other brave men and women that serve.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Sorry for your loss man.. Not sure about the mount, but I would pay special attention to proper flag protocol. I'm not sure what restricitons the USMC has regarding display of their flag.

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Old 05-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #5
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Sad to hear.

A full size service flag, even at low speed, will put a significant amount of pressure on the point where it is mounted.

(Edit) Our issue service flags are also affixed to a wood staff that is two piece. A potential weak spot at speed is that screw in connector. I don't know the material of the staff either, another consideration at speed (/Edit)

Keeping that in mind, I would suggest considering mounting something like that to an aftermarket bumper or even quickly welding a flag mount to something that would fit in the receiver hitch.

If speeds will be very low on a calm day, you'll have a lot more options.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #6
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Sorry for your loss man.. Not sure about the mount, but I would pay special attention to proper flag protocol. I'm not sure what restricitons the USMC has regarding display of their flag.

Wish you the best man
I wear a hat with the marines logo and I've never been or known a marine. So far no one has tackled me yet. The OP is probably ok.
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Here are a few thoughts. The mount really isn't the problem it's finding or making a pole that will hold up. You have height limits to watch out for, else you bring on the ire of the local John E. Law or worse you hit something. I'd use something like a steel pole for a fence, and mount it to a hitch pole mouth, that should be plenty rugged to handle in town speeds.

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I wear a hat with the marines logo and I've never been or known a marine. So far no one has tackled me yet. The OP is probably ok.
I believe he was talking about placement of the flag not whether or not he should display it.

I know the American Flag on a vehicle is suppose to be placed up front not hanging off the back or side. Maybe the same for the Marine flag?

I'm no expert on the placement but I remember it coming up once with the old Military guys on the Willy's Jeep website.
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Sorry about your friend man, sincerely.

I run a white/green Jeep flag on the back in the parades. I use skinny aluminum pole like a tent post, actually came from a pop up table umbrella. I put it behind my tire and down into the middle area by the tire carrier and bungie strap it to the tire and across from my brake light protectors side to side. Couple bungie cords is all, bring 'em even if you don't use 'em right away as you might need them as the wind picks up driving.
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Just found this..perhaps it'll help you...


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Old 05-23-2013, 04:41 PM   #12
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Just found this..perhaps it'll help you...

http://youtu.be/jS3bYrHEz9Y
Great video! Thanks a lot. This should do the trick.

Thank you all for the suggestions. I did read flag protocol but didn't find anything telling me not to mount them to the back of a car. I will continue to look but for now it's a green light to do it.
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I used my cb antenna mount on my spare tire mount. fiberglass pole and a 4x2 flag. I Here's a pic on my old rig
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Flag regulations are specific to each branch, and apply only to those who serve (most regs/AFI's apply to ALL branches regardless of which authored them). The US Flag code is the best guide for civilians, but it isn't law, and you can't be prosecuted for not following it (if you could, there'd be a LOT of folks getting tickets for bad displays...).

Placement in certain places in a certain manner is intended to apply to Government vehicles and not POV's. There's no law or reg mandating "display rules" for civilians, and if there were, I doubt anyone would give you a hard time given the circumstances
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Sorry for your loss.

Depending upon the size of the flag and the pole, you could just lash it to the seat mount and the soundbar, or at the rear to a mounting loop and the roll cage. I've seen that done with sports team flags doing victory drives.
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Flag regulations are specific to each branch, and apply only to those who serve (most regs/AFI's apply to ALL branches regardless of which authored them). The US Flag code is the best guide for civilians, but it isn't law, and you can't be prosecuted for not following it (if you could, there'd be a LOT of folks getting tickets for bad displays...).

Placement in certain places in a certain manner is intended to apply to Government vehicles and not POV's. There's no law or reg mandating "display rules" for civilians, and if there were, I doubt anyone would give you a hard time given the circumstances
Yeah, i didn't mean it as a law thing, just was saying to be mindful of proper etiquette for those who are serving or have served.
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Sorry for your loss

I have been thinking about mounting a piece of PVC, about 12 inches, to the rear roll bar (as it comes down to the tub) and then you would be able to slide a pole in to this, and ride. I have not tried this, and it might need some jury riggin once you look at it in place. Hope that makes since.
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Yeah, i didn't mean it as a law thing, just was saying to be mindful of proper etiquette for those who are serving or have served.
any "etiquette" someone gives you is basically their opinion...

Nothing wrong with those opinions, or following etiquette advice, but the fact is that servicemembers serve so that you can put a flag up in whatever manner you feel is appropriate

there isn't really a "right" answer... you could have it up in the most respectful way possible and some asshat might still complain...
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If the top is going to be down, just zip tie a flag pole to the roll bar uprights. I have done this at a few Marine funerals, and there is a local guy with an M151 that will drive in percessions for Vietnam vets doing the same.
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get a piece of angle iron, a u bolt (like the ones on an exhaust or a chain link fence) and a drill. drill out two holes to fit the u bolt and slide it over the stock tow hook on the front of your bumper. then drill out on hole for your flag at the opposite end and youre good to go
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I just made one using the galvanized pipe and ball mount, only issue I came across was making contact with the spare. If the weather holds out for July 4th I'll post some pics.

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