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Old 12-03-2018, 09:51 AM
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It's interesting to read these comments and techniques for doing long hauls in a cramped RV-3.

Just for comparison, on the opposite end of the spectrum for cockpit space is the T-28... coming up at the end of December I'll be ferrying a T-28F Fennec from Ramona, CA back to Houston; the cockpit is so roomy, it's like a wide open racquetball court! I could run laps in that thing. Plus, it has a relief tube under each seat. Bonus! The downside though is, the tubing is old and we probably won't have time to replace it, so we're better off just calling the pee tubes inop for now. But, since it's a new to us airplane and the fuel burns are an unknown (other than "a lot!"), we'll fly short, 2+ hour legs just in case. Will carry the usual Gatorade bottles as a back up.

And to keep it RV related, in my RV-8, the Gatorade bottle and autopilot is pretty handy for this type operation...
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:52 PM
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>I'll be ferrying a T-28F Fennec from Ramona, CA back to Houston

Might be a bit north of your intended route but avoiding the White River Indian Reservation area East of Phoenix would be a good plan. It didn't work out so well for the guys in the TBM Avenger back in May. (Actually they managed OK but as far as I know the airplane is still missing.) You're probably familiar with the story but if not, PM me and I'll send a link. Better yet, stop by my parachute loft at Ramona and I'll share my copy with you. It's something I'd want to be aware of before making a trip like that in a WWII era plane just coming out of heavy MX.
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Old 12-04-2018, 12:44 AM
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Firstly thank you all for the replies and the information. I have obviously heard of catheters but never condom ones. I know of piddle pack from my time in the services. I will have to investigate the condom catheters.

I do love my coffee in the morning and as much as that might help reduce the likelihood of needing to use a bottle, I could not give it up.

The vest situation is a great idea, and the might just be where I end up for snacks. Certainly will be using long sleeved shirt and either a wide brimmed or “Arafat” type hat. That combined with the sun shades should do ok.

The problem we have when heading west in Aus is the prevailing wind, as well as at most airfields there is lucky to be amenities. And there are no such thing as FBO’s. You might be lucky to find a soft drink machine in a terminal. Some more forward thinking places do have coffee available... Thus in a 6-8 hour day I need to be self sufficient for everything bar fuel (generally self service credit card pumps or carnet card pumps at a lot of airfields).

Once again that you all for the advice. Lots of good ideas and some investigating for me to do.

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Old 12-04-2018, 06:29 AM
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I avoid controlled airports so that sounds like what I see. I have some light weight camping gear. Tent, bag and pad weight 6 lbs combined. I also carry a light weight cook kit, Wisperlite stove that nests in a titanium cooking pot, spork, etc. I carry Ziplocs with coffee/sugar pre-measured so I can make cowboy coffee in the morning. That and a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter and I can go for a few day with just gas and water, doubles as survival equipment.
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:57 AM
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I flew my -3B coast to coast with camping gear a few years back. There's plenty of room for food and drinks in my opinion - way more than on my road and mountain bikes which I routinely ride continuously for 4+ hours. My food of choice is jerky, coconut water or Gatorade, and almonds. The same food I eat on long hikes or bike tours. For high altitude safety I strapped an O2 bottle to the back of the seat and routed the air line through the small gap between the lower seatback and bulkhead. Good luck and have fun!
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:10 PM
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Might be a bit north of your intended route but avoiding the White River Indian Reservation area East of Phoenix would be a good plan. It didn't work out so well for the guys in the TBM Avenger back in May. (Actually they managed OK but as far as I know the airplane is still missing.) You're probably familiar with the story but if not, PM me and I'll send a link. Better yet, stop by my parachute loft at Ramona and I'll share my copy with you. It's something I'd want to be aware of before making a trip like that in a WWII era plane just coming out of heavy MX.
Oh yeah, I've read the report on that missing TBM several times... it's pretty eye opening. We'll be flying IFR, as in, I Follow Roads along I-10 coming home. Plus, we have 2 newly packed Strong 304 chutes to sit on as well. You took a look at our old Butler chutes and decided they were a wee bit old to get repacked... fingers crossed that we won't need any of that!
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:34 PM
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Sorry to all for the thread drift, but it seems like this thread has run it's course anyway.

>We'll be flying IFR, as in, I Follow Roads

Smart man.


>Plus, we have 2 newly packed Strong 304 chutes

Very nice! Same rigs those guys rode down into the trees. Just don't eat any frogs

Have fun! And stay safe.
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