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mcoyne34 06-30-2018 01:32 AM

8 vs. 8A
 
Iím sure itís been asked thousand times already, is there a noticeable difference between the two? Is it true that the 8A has a weak nose gear, and something I should be concerned about?

I was leaning towards the -8 until I got insurance quotes. At $1200/yr more for the tailwheel, it got me thinking about the 8A.

N661DJ 06-30-2018 04:32 AM

Insurance
 
Get some other quotes, an additional $1200. because of the tail wheel sounds excessive. My tailwheel 8 policy is slightly higher than what I paid for coverage on a previously owned 8A, everything else being equal.
Dick

RV6_flyer 06-30-2018 06:01 AM

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Originally Posted by mcoyne34 (Post 1270316)
Iím sure itís been asked thousand times already, is there a noticeable difference between the two? Is it true that the 8A has a weak nose gear, and something I should be concerned about?

I was leaning towards the -8 until I got insurance quotes. At $1200/yr more for the tailwheel, it got me thinking about the 8A.

All the A model RVs have a front TAXI wheel that I would not call a nose gear. Fly the airplane correctly where the front wheel is only used as a taxi wheel and there is no problem.

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Originally Posted by N661DJ (Post 1270319)
Get some other quotes, an additional $1200. because of the tail wheel sounds excessive. My tailwheel 8 policy is slightly higher than what I paid for coverage on a previously owned 8A, everything else being equal.
Dick

My tailwheel RV policy is less than $300 for $1-Million liability only policy. Not sure my over 3,000 hours in tailwheel aircraft has to do with that.

tracy 06-30-2018 08:44 AM

$80,000 hull full coverage for my 8 tailwheel is $1000/yr. if you ever plan on grass strips, go with 8.

rv8guy 06-30-2018 08:47 AM

Is it time related. Mine went way down once I reached 500 hours tailwheel time. That was a while back

acam37 06-30-2018 09:20 AM

Low time tailwheel, expect around $1,800 year. That is what I paid on my 8 and 4 through Falcon.

dwranda 06-30-2018 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by tracy (Post 1270340)
if you ever plan on grass strips, go with 8.

Nobody ever told Vlad that I guess:D

mcoyne34 06-30-2018 10:07 AM

Low time, around 170TT IR pilot with zero tail time. All quotes wereassuming $80k hull. For tail dragger AVEMCO was $5900/yr, another insurance was $3600/yr and AOPA was $2600/yr. the -8A through AOPA was $1400/yr. So, itís definitely time related and high due to lack of tailwheel.

Mark Albery 06-30-2018 10:31 AM

Try talking to Gallagher or Falcon agencies. They are both popular in the experimental community and could find you a better quote.

An initial high quote may come down a lot after the first year once you've gained some time on type.

mcoyne34 06-30-2018 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Albery (Post 1270352)
Try talking to Gallagher or Falcon agencies. They are both popular in the experimental community and could find you a better quote.

An initial high quote may come down a lot after the first year once you've gained some time on type.

Gallagher was the $3600 quote. Couldnít think of their name. Iím still a bit out, but Iíll see what Falcon says. Thanks


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