I had the same or similar problem. I wanted the down tube to the TS removeable so I could pull my van in the shop if it was threatening hail (too tall to fit in the garage). I made my joint double as the blast gate. Hung the top portion on solid mounts, then put in some t-nuts so that the bottom half bolts up to it. unbolt, take the sliding section out, and it's apart. Even built rollers on the part that sits on the floor! Tilt and roll away. Now there is so much junk in the way, the storm would be over before I could get the van inside!
I like your fix. Tell Rube he dun good! Jim.
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