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Old 01-10-2018, 08:46 PM
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If someone would send me some pictures of the Tail mate I would make them .
Here you go, stolen from the Internet:







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Old 01-11-2018, 06:34 AM
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Use the wayback machine and check out tail-mate.com

They started out at $179 and stopped production at $350 plus shipping.

From those who have a tail-mate, dimensions of the tall pieces and wall thickness would be most appreciated.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:41 AM
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If someone would send me some pictures of the Tail mate I would make them .
I took a simpier path. I used the same long ram HF jack and homemade stand that I use to jack up the wings and a buddy welded a tail wheel box that fits on top of the jack ram. The box come on and off with a bolt. I take the extra step to lash the tailwheel into the box just in case.

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Old 01-11-2018, 05:30 PM
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Thanks for the pictures. If anyone has some basic dimensions Height and angle of the stand. That is all I will need.

I intend to make a copy of the Tail Mate this weekend It will be to lousy to fly my just completed RV8. Raising the tail for various reasons, Fuel tank calibration , AHRS alignment on the G3X etc. something is needed that will be easy to use.

I have everything I need in the shop to make the frame. My wife is picking up the winch from Harbor Freight $23. and some wheels/casters $30.


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Old 01-11-2018, 06:32 PM
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I have plans for the Tail-Mate, tail jack, tail lift, whatever you call it.
I cant/wont post pictures. (is there a place on VAF to download/post files ???)

Email me if you want the PDF file of the plans at
rv18r (at) comcast.net

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Old 01-11-2018, 06:59 PM
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I bought one of these from Harbor Freight and cut the bottom of the angle iron legs off even with the bottom horizontal flat stock support. The height works out good to level my -7 fuselage. The tail spring sits on the top which I padded. Not on wheels or mobile, but works good for the money.

https://m.harborfreight.com/2-ton-ca...and-61600.html
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:23 PM
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I have plans for the Tail-Mate, tail jack, tail lift, whatever you call it.
I cant/wont post pictures. (is there a place on VAF to download/post files ???)

Email me if you want the PDF file of the plans at
rv18r (at) comcast.net

Bruce W.
I put Bruce's Tail-Mate PDF on my server, it can be downloaded here:

Tail-Mate PDF


Thank you, Bruce! Think I'll have to build one of these things.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:18 PM
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I have plans for the Tail-Mate, tail jack, tail lift, whatever you call it.
I cant/wont post pictures. (is there a place on VAF to download/post files ???)

Email me if you want the PDF file of the plans at
rv18r (at) comcast.net

Bruce W.
Thank you Bruce!! I used your emailed copy of the plans and love the outcome.
I did modify to accept the fairing as you can see.

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Old 01-12-2018, 06:21 AM
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Thanks Sam,

You saved me a lot of guessing.

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Old 01-12-2018, 06:59 AM
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A fine lift, but can't be stiff enough to confidently allow crawling around back in the tail. Remember, there is a big difference between stiffness and strength.

Structurally, the upright members have no significant base width, so they can flex on the base structure. The base structure itself has the wheels out on the ends of horizontal members...wavy wands in the stiffness context. And lateral stiffness of the carriage depends on the bending stiffness of the long rails.

Remember, the original product was designed with shipping in mind. If you're going to build your own, a simple redesign could improve its utility. At a minimum, substitute 1" x 2" 16ga for the 1x1 base members and carriage rails. I'd use 3 x 1-1/2 if I could get it in a light gauge, with the forward wheels between tabs on the 1-1/2 centerline. The single 1x1 rear upright (the one with the winch) would become two 1x1 uprights, pyramid fashion, extending to a point near the rear wheels. They're only loaded in tension/compression, so they only need a wider base. Space the carriage rails farther apart, so the arm with the rollers can be a length of rectangular tube rather than the 1/4 x 1-1/4 bar.
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