Hence, this project! I followed another blogger's instructions but found them... lacking. They were not specific into the length of the poles they used and upon further inquiry, their numbers were way off.
I'll have a breakdown of everything I did, including cost. It did come out cheaper than purchasing a kit or buying panels from an online store. It's still not cheap however, so be prepared to spend a couple hundred dollars. But you can get this project done in a weekend, even with kids ;) Additionally, it would definitely be cheaper to do an electric pen. So keep that in mind if you are pondering which containment method to pick. My highline kit was only $40, but I can't use it this trip.
The nitty gritty!
So, to cost compare to these portable pens:
Apple Picker Portable Travel Corral $429 plus $50 shipping fee
Metal pens from Travelncorrals starting at $599 not including shipping
Carrilite Portable Corral $869
If we want to compare PVC to PVC, if you buy a kit with everything already measured and you still have to put it together, you go here
For a two rail (mine is three rail) with custom color, it's $319 and does include bungees. It's $399 to get 8 panels of 3 rail and only comes as a fully assembled package.
I think it's worthwhile, and remember, I didn't spend that total this weekend as I already had the spray paint and tposts.
|When you need 48 connectors, you just ask the Home Depot employees to get you the boxes of pvc fittings|
|First step is spray paint your fittings because color coordination is key|
|Totally think that you have enough spray paint left over from making poles|
|Realize that in fact you do not have enough and curse that you have two different purples and then not even enough to make everything purple. Begrudgingly use pink.|
|Start cutting pvc.|
|Definitely NOT to scale, lol|
Also, each panel is 4ft high by 5ft long, so you'd get a 10x10 enclosure with 8 panels.
You need 3 poles to complete one panel. A part of the third pole is used for the next panel. It all ends up working out with the 21 poles and the you end up with about 5ft leftover. If I had enough leftover 16inch pieces I didn't cut the next pole and just went back to doing the 13-16-30-30-30 cuts.
|Very easy to cut with one of these|
|I assembled without glue as I went so that I could keep track of which pieces I needed. This worked for my brain.|
|There were thieves who tried to 'help' me|
|Gwyn supervised and yelled at me when it got to be dinner time and I was still cutting things.|
|Those blue spots are where I knocked over the can of pvc cement.|
|Once everything was glued together I loaded them into the truck and drove them around to the trailer|
|They fit with room to spare in the other stall of the trailer but in a pinch I could fit them in front of Gwyn.|
|I even had room to keep the divider nice and wide for loading Gwyn.|
|They are strapped down both to each other and to the trailer to minimize movement|
|I have four of those orange things. They are velcro straps with a carabiner (linked above)|
I'm pretty proud I got this all done in a weekend. Now it's less things to think about for the endurance ride in less than two weeks!