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Old 02-14-2020, 10:09 AM
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Default Tug?

Any suggestions on a tug for the RV10? I'm getting a little tired of struggling up the slope in front of my hangar.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:16 AM
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Default this thread has some nice ideas

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=156723
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:18 AM
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Default Tug

48volt golf cart. And you can use it too run around the airport. I picked up a great condition one with new batteries for $1800, just needed a good cleaning. Welded a hitch on the front for hangar use and bought one for the back for the long tugs over to the pumps.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:24 AM
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In the commercially-available options department: We use Best Tugs in our fleet hangar at Van's. Ours are an A3 and a B5. They're quite awesome.

https://www.besttugs.com/
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:15 AM
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Anyone know where to get a tow bar that can be used with a quad.
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:22 AM
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Default +1 for Best Tugs

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In the commercially-available options department: We use Best Tugs in our fleet hangar at Van's. Ours are an A3 and a B5. They're quite awesome.

https://www.besttugs.com/
Spouse bought me a B5 at SNF last year. A bit overkill for the RV-7A, but will be perfect for when the RV-10 is done. Really nice piece of engineering and manufacturing.

Prepare for sticker shock, though.
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Old 02-15-2020, 12:05 PM
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There are a number of threads on this subject— just search on “tugs” . I plan on building a version of David’s tug that uses a cheap snow blower. http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...now+blower+tug

I love the Best Tugs but I can buy a new snowblower and a new welder for less than half of what a typical tug goes for new. YMMV......
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Old 02-15-2020, 12:37 PM
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I would love a best tugs, but for the cost I can't justify it for a single use pc of equipment.
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:13 AM
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Anyone know where to get a tow bar that can be used with a quad.
Easy to build a good one. I use this with my truck mostly, but it will do fine on anything with a ball:

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...59&postcount=1
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Old 02-19-2020, 06:38 PM
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Default A different Approach

I had the same issue pushing my RV up the slope into my T hangar.

My solution seems to be the norm at my local field - I pull the A/C in using a winch attached to the back wall of the hangar. After a little discussion board research and some thought I decided to attach to the A/C use a towing strap with two loops - one on each step. i have been using this method for 2 years and it seems to be working - no impact on the steps

I also added another 30 feet of wire to the controller so I can hold the controller and tow bar at the same time.

The tug could be fun as well but with ice and snow up here in VT not having to worry about traction during the winter made the winch an easy winner.
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