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Old 01-23-2009, 02:56 PM
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Default Biggest plane and smallest car

Hey guys,
I am thinking of getting a small hatcback like a Toyota Matrix or Jetta wagon.
Anyone have any experience with big planes in these cars. Can a 75/85cc class plane like the H9 SU-26MM fit without major surgery every time or should I stick to 50cc planes.

Thanks.
Old 01-23-2009, 06:44 PM
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2008 Honda CRV and a 35% AW Extra 260.
Old 01-23-2009, 10:44 PM
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

Did you have to remove the horizontal stabilizers and stick the tail all the way through between the front seats ?
Old 01-23-2009, 11:03 PM
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

My car is a 2002 Pontiac Grand AM. It's not all that small, but I can fit a TOC Aviation 33% Yak 54 in the car along with 2 40 size profile planes and a couple of small electric models.

My rudder and stabs need to come off, but the rest can be laid on top with some towels or blankets. Here are some shots of the Yak giong into the car first:

I probably should also say I don't think this would be possible with a 4 Door cause the middle post would get in the way of putting the fuse into the back.

Your hatchback probably wouldn't have that problem though.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:39 PM
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

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Did you have to remove the horizontal stabilizers and stick the tail all the way through between the front seats ?
I did, putting a 2.6M Compy Extra in a CRV. I can fit my 50cc Sukhoi in my Subaru WRX hatchback along with my field gear, 3D foamy, and park jet, but it does take a little care in packing everything.
Old 01-23-2009, 11:42 PM
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

I owned a Pontiac Vibe which is a brother to the Matrix. The front passenger seat folds flat and so does the back seat. You can carry an amazing amount of stuff in that car. With everything folded, you can carry a stepladder with the rear hatch closed.
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Did you have to remove the horizontal stabilizers and stick the tail all the way through between the front seats ?
Yes, stabs off but leave the spinner on. Kinda hard to see to the right due to the rudder being so big. My 2.6m Comp Arf Yak is much smaller and is not so much a pain. However, I can still fit 3 people in relative comfort when carrying the Extra!
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

I just confirmed that the front passenger seat folds in the Matrix too. I will go and measure the length but this car seems like a great giant scale carrier


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I owned a Pontiac Vibe which is a brother to the Matrix. The front passenger seat folds flat and so does the back seat. You can carry an amazing amount of stuff in that car. With everything folded, you can carry a stepladder with the rear hatch closed.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:29 PM
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

My son drives an xB and currently easily fits the GP Gene Soucy Extra in it. He has bought the Lanier 94" Extra and Yak too, after measuring his box many times and knowing the length of those planes. He hasn't built those planes so I can't say if they really fit, but he says they will. He folds the back seat flat and lays the front passenger seat back as far as it will go. Works for him. Kind of amazing that it will hold bigger planes than my Nissan hardbody which is limited by the bed size.
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One of the guys at our field has been carrying 30% and 33% planes in his Acura Integra for years.

Seems to be working fine.
Old 01-26-2009, 03:11 PM
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

I used to hang out with a guy who used to have a Dogde Shadow hatchback and had a 84" WH Edge hanging out the back.

He just used some visegripes so the hatch couldn't close the ruder and tied it down. Looked funny but worked haha
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Ive seen a 40% carden in a ford explorer
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Who would ever consider an Explorer small [sm=confused.gif]
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Who would ever consider an Explorer small [sm=confused.gif]
oh well
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:37 PM
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Who would ever consider an Explorer small [sm=confused.gif]
Guess Im the only one, thats still putting 10lbs of %^& into a 5lb bag..
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Getting a Carden into a Ford Explorer is no small feat.
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I have a Ford Explorer Sport Trac and heck my 50cc Suk barely fits heck a 35 would be hanging way out the back LOL Now I have just aqquired a 91 Suburban and I think I can fit just about anything in that BOAT
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

Buddy of mine has the Toyota Matrix. He hauls his Hangar 9 Su-26 85cc without issue. Doesn't even have to remove the rudder.
I can fit the Hangar9 Carden yak in my Yaris with the spinner and rudder on and close the rear hatch.
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

Thanks for all the replies. I currently have a V8 Explorer but the 13MPG mileage is hurting and will hurt even more when the gas prices move back up to where they were before.
I am considering the Matix because it gives a good mileage and can carry large planes and looks cool too.


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Buddy of mine has the Toyota Matrix. He hauls his Hangar 9 Su-26 85cc without issue. Doesn't even have to remove the rudder.
I can fit the Hangar9 Carden yak in my Yaris with the spinner and rudder on and close the rear hatch.
Old 01-27-2009, 11:29 AM
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I have been able to fit a 30% extra 300 along with 1 raptor 90 and a logo 10 plus all the flight line gear in my 4 door KIA rio. With the passenger seat pushed all the way back and laid all the way down the fuse would just barley fit. After too many trips to the field with an over packed car I just bought a stow and go mini van (had togo the minivan route so I could justify it to the wife) and havent had any issues with space since then.

Harry
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Default RE: Biggest plane and smallest car

I've got a Matrix and love it!! I have 2 74" yaks and can take both with gear. You could put a 30% in there easily.
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Who would ever consider an Explorer small [sm=confused.gif]
Anyone trying to get a 40% Carden in it.

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