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How do you transport your planes?

Old 12-12-2006, 06:57 PM
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Default How do you transport your planes?

Hey all,

I'm still working on ideas on how to transport a 27% plane. I only have a F150 single cab truck with standard bed and don't have a box trailer. How do you guys transport your planes who have the setup I have? Thanks for the help.
Old 12-12-2006, 07:08 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Have an Excursion now. Had a Dodge truck and I used to haul it in the bed. Had wing bags too.
Old 12-13-2006, 12:05 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

GhostRider32
I had a Ford Ranger, standard cab, and had the planes in the bed with a blanket over them then a tarp tied down.
I could haul both my Edge @ 28% and the Extra @ 36 % at the same time this way.
All wings and tails in bags, radio, fuel, tools, ect to one side or end to fit it all = )


Old 12-13-2006, 12:17 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

How far are you going?

Reason I ask is because I put my plane in the bed of my truck with no camper or cover or anything.

I have 2x4 notches that come stamped into the wheel wells in the bed so I cut a 2x4 to go in them. I set the tail of the plane over the 2x4 (which I put some padding on) and the main gear go in the notch between the lowered tailgate and the bed. I then use a bungie cord over the fuse, (I remove the hatch so the top is flat and provide a little padding) to the sides of the bed, which have anchors at the corner where the side of the bed meets the floor.

I've driven it up to about 50mph on surface streets with no signs of it going anywhere. I don't know if I would take this setup on the freeway though.

If you need a pic I can take one next time I go to the field.

Old 12-13-2006, 05:21 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Before i got a shell for my Nissan pickup i simply put the plane in the bed of the truck tied down one front wheel and the tail wheel so they couldn't move spinner to the front and then tied the wing baggs to one of the tie down straps and drove up to and over 75 mph to the air field. There were no incidences of the plane or the wing bags moving. I got the shell because I hated not being able to go fly when there was a hint of rain in the forecast and because I found one ridiculously cheap.
Old 12-13-2006, 05:55 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

I have a fullsize 01 ram extra cab,the plane and fuel ride in the back on my pvc carry rack i made, the wings and radio i store in the cab.I drive down the interstate at about 65 with now problems, I just tape the rudder on long hauls. the carrying rack i made dosent have to be tied down at all just set the plane in and slide it in the back works great. I do have a rubber mat in the back to keep it from sliding around and it does stay put.....dont mind the mess boys im working on my 2nd wildhare build so im excused! ....... heres some pics of my rack.
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:11 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Thanks guys for all of the answers.

Senza, that's kind of what I have in mind, some kind of rack to transport my plane.
Old 12-13-2006, 05:33 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

SENZA,

I have the same WH Extra 300LX I'm working on and that rack looks pretty cool. I have a 2003 Ford Ranger Edge I'll be putting mine in. What size dia. pvc did you use?
Old 12-13-2006, 06:35 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Thanks for the compliments guys i hope this helps out. I made it so the tires are off the ground and they dont develop flat spots as well,and is low enough so it doesn't tip easy. I do recommend tying the front legs to the back because its flimsy and i need to do it....
but i havent got around to it yet its been to much fun flying!. and i just cant find the time...
it comes in handy and like i said with a bed matt it simply stays put...for my next project i have to figure out how to hang it from my garage ceiling?

zippi i used 3/4inch Good luck with it
Old 12-13-2006, 06:58 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

I just simply put the fuse in my Dodge Dakota and use a cargo bar..I put a piece of velcro around the gear and the bar and that hols everything tight..simple...Oh yea..I have a small piece of pipe insulation between the gear and the bar.
Old 12-14-2006, 07:40 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Josey Wales,

Those "Cargo Bars" look like a pretty good idea also. My problem is that the plane is longer than the bed is with the tailgate up. I really hate the idea of leaving the tailgate down when I haul it. The only other optionis is to raise it higher in the bed and now I'll have trouble with the wind. I need some idea's on how to haul this plane in a short bed pickup truck.
Old 12-14-2006, 08:58 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Have you thouhgt about a bed extender used in conjunction with the ideas mentioned above. My Toyota Tundra has a standard bed which is not long enough to haul a 35% plane but after I added a bed extender the bigger plane fits fine. I purchased a model that fits on the tail gate and is removable so I only put it on when I need to haul the bigger planes.
Old 12-14-2006, 12:10 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Zippi try putting it in on an angle..my planes are also too long but if I angle it it fits fine.
Old 12-15-2006, 05:51 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Get 2 extendable shower curtin rods (you can adjust the length by screwing them in or out). You can put pipe insulation on them. Put the planes in the back of the truck. One rod in front of the main gear and one behind the main gear. Tighten the rods aginst the bed sides and snug them against the gear. I've had no problems even with big planes and the tailgate down.
Old 12-18-2006, 04:48 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Here's mine.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:40 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

Geez Zippi. Are you sure you have a truck? [:@] My WH 28% Extra (new design) fits in the back of my jeep cherokee with the tailgate down. I always thought the cherokee was pretty short.
Old 12-23-2006, 07:37 AM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

cstevec,

My 28% Extra 300LX will sit in the bed of my truck on it's wheels but the cowl sticks out over the tailgate when it's down. I really like the looks of the cargo bars. May have to look into that.
Old 01-06-2007, 12:17 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

I have a 35% Yak 54 that I can fit into my 2007 Avalanche with the midgate down and tailgate up.
Old 01-06-2007, 12:47 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

I have a Ford Ranger SuperCab shortbed and up until I put a cap on it I used one of the cargo nets you can get from Auto Zone, Pepe boys and such for 25 bucks. I could haul my 30% Ultimate and 27% Cap at the same time if I left the gate down and used bungee cords around the gear and into the tie down holes in the bed, then I'd toss the net over them and go down the road. Oh yea all wings were in wingbags and even with both planes I could toss in the tool box and gas can. It would be snug but it works well

An F150 should have no problem at all with a 27% plane
Old 01-06-2007, 08:52 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

This is how I transport mine.
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Old 01-23-2007, 04:20 PM
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Default RE: How do you transport your planes?

sometimes ya gota do what ya gota do
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:26 PM
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What is that? Looks electric.

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ORIGINAL: gravlrd

This is how I transport mine.
Old 01-28-2007, 09:53 PM
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Electric GEM, Global Electric Motors, a Chrysler product. Actually a Low Speed Vechicle governed to 25 mph. Gets me to the field 4 miles away in 8 minutes or so, 4 round trips on a battery charge. Drool away you 4x4 owners.
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This is how I transport my 27% and all my planes about 1km...cheapest way
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