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Old 05-28-2016, 05:08 AM
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So after 8 years of using my 4 foot by 8 foot trusty Silverado pickup truck bed for transport, I have come to the conclusion that my latest jet has made me out grow my pick up. I have jumped onto to the trailer band wagon as it were for transport and storage. What I would like to know, has any one had any issues storing your jets and planes in a trailer with the heat and humidity.
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Old 05-28-2016, 06:43 AM
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There are some things worth attending to. I have a 5x8.. and the first thing I noticed was how much it would hop when crossing railways, no matter how slow you drive. I then removed the middle spring and the trailer is so much nicer now.

As far as heat effects? I couldnt have it worse as my trailer is black. I bought a couple of vents and installed them at the top on the walls, kitty corner so as to let it breath. Equaly important.. I insulated the roof with 1" aluminum foil backed insulation board. This I felt was very important because the roof is nothing more than a shinny 1/8 peice of aluminum shaped like a radar dish and focusing the radiant heat inward.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:24 PM
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Be careful storing LiPo batteries in the trailer during hot months.
They don't take well to elevated temperatures...
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You will ask yourself why you waited so long to get a trailer, I could not imagine being without one. I have stored planes for months at a time for years with no issues to date. Not during winter other than foamies. A tandem axle does ride much better.
Old 05-28-2016, 09:33 PM
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This should help solar power fan from eBay $49 and problem solved have two of them on my garage the work good and make the area much cooler.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:23 AM
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Make sure to get a torsion axle instead of a leaf spring. It will not be quite as bouncy. However since we typically aren't loading the trailer with much weight you will still need to be careful around bumps and railroad tracks.
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Mine has a white roof & sides which keeps the heat down to reasonable levels, not much more than ambient in the sun.
It has vents up high to let the heat out.

Spring rates depend on what you want to do with your trailer, if it's just models keep them soft, if it has to double up
for a mower/snowmobile/motorcycle you will have to go stiffer which will be bouncy with a light load.

Dual axles are used for heavy loads, not models. They tow nice & stable because they don't steer with two rigid axles
(you will find this out when you find it's next to impossible to move them by hand in anything other than a straight line)
but a properly set up single axle trailer will tow fine. As well as lighter & cheaper.

Trailers can become a bigger is better pi$$ing contest with multiple batteries, workshops, generators, solar panels,
cupboards etc but remember you have to drag it round, store it, maintain it & pay for it. Sometimes less is better.

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Theft: If your trailer is stolen so is everything inside.
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Originally Posted by Crazy4Flight View Post
Theft: If your trailer is stolen so is everything inside.
Same goes for models in a truck...
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This should help solar power fan from eBay $49 and problem solved have two of them on my garage the work good and make the area much cooler.
This is great! Just what I need for several applications. Thanks for posting

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