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Best way to make a removable spot in my Vinyl Fence for truck access?

I have a split rail looking vinyl fence and want to make a section that can be removed when needed. With 5x5 post I was thinking to cut a post at ground level a put some sort of inside sleeve with bolts to hold it together. Are there prefab parts for this or maybe someone has a better idea?

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How about a gate?
I thought about that but decided not to. My driveway is center lot with the fence along the front. The right side of the lot is for sump access and left side of the is for truck access to back yard. Too many gates needed and driveway cant handle heavy trucks.

Thanks for the thought!
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First post left of corner is a 7ft post with 3ft in the sand, no concrete. Rails go though this post and connect in the corner and second left post.

I'd like to make the one post and rails simple to remove when needed. My thought was to cut the post at ground level and bolt in a sleeve. May have to put some concrete in to hold bottom section in place. Thoughts?
 

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I see the concrete needing poured for the portable post anchoring system. And I see that bolts cannot be left sticking up out of the concrete to thread a post metal angle nut on to, as they may get run over with equipment tires whenever the post is removed for equipment passing through.

The post may down for 5 minutes or 4 hours while equipment needs to pass back and forth. I see no way in my old head, to make this portable post project a "quickie" project. All while ending up with a stable post when in place, yet portable and then not overwhelming to remove. . Stainless steel bolts and screws should be used to fight corrosion. Any exposed metal needs metal primer/finish painted ( Rustoleum)

So in my opinion, Red Head concrete anchors would have to be used where the anchor is in the concrete and the bolts are then threaded down through a metal angle in to the anchor. Being done this way though, the anchors threads will get full of muck eventually and the bolts will not thread in to them. So all the time the post is in place or removed, the bolts will have to be left in the anchors and tightened down.

I have made up two goofy sketches to get some ideas to get started from, and neither are quickie fixes. Maybe some others will come along now to help out hopefully, with some easier ideas. As said already, a gate would be best but, I see now is not an option for the OP. JMO
 

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Not sure if you can see my FB page and the pics or see attached photos.
https://www.facebook.com/remorgan001

First post left of corner is a 7ft post with 3ft in the sand, no concrete. Rails go though this post and connect in the corner and second left post.

I'd like to make the one post and rails simple to remove when needed. My thought was to cut the post at ground level and bolt in a sleeve. May have to put some concrete in to hold bottom section in place. Thoughts?
Just my opinion from living on horse and cow farms when young,

Eliminate the post making a section about 8 - 10 feet long,
The boards don't go into the post but have brackets that they rest in.
This allows the section to be removed easily to let whatever in or out without touching the post.
 

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Just my opinion from living on horse and cow farms when young,

Eliminate the post making a section about 8 - 10 feet long,
The boards don't go into the post but have brackets that they rest in.
This allows the section to be removed easily to let whatever in or out without touching the post.
Thanks for the reply!

Post to post is about 8ft on center. Too small for a concrete truck to go though so I need to remove one post and let the truck straddle a post hole. The rails are 16ft long and go though the center post. Rails just clip in each post so pulling them out shouldn't be too hard. Just didn't want to shovel the post out then back in every time.
 

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sewer pipe, that's a good idea too because don't need to cut the post. Does it fill up with water/mud and freeze?

--Rob
We made sure the bottom was below frost depth, it is the ice below it that would lift it. We didn't let the concrete seal the bottom so the water level should be the same as the surrounding water table. You could cut a tight fitting rubber over the bottom of the posts to keep rain water out of the pipe.
 

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Try this one more time.

You can space the post up to 19' apart.

You can get the U shape brackets so that rails rest inside them and can be lifted out with no problem.

The brackets can be used on any three sides of the post

That will give you 19 feet of open space to drive any truck you wish through.

Here's the old way of doing it, but like I said, they make the brackets for it now.

 

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If it is only going to be removed occasionally and temporarily, why not pour a concrete post to ground level and embed a saddle bracket to screw the fence post to. If it is a hollow post, mount a block of PT wood to the base and screw the fence post to it. If it is in the middle of the gap, a truck should be able to avoid it with a little bit of care.
 
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