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Old 11-07-2018, 01:21 PM
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Default Tips for trailering RV8 needed

I'm going to be trailering my RV8 to the paint shop and then to the airport, and would appreciate any tips or hints. I've got a 7 ft (2.2m) wide, 16 ft (5m) long totally flat trailer with a very small lip around the edges. I need to bring everything of course, and prefer to make one trip since the paint shop is quite far from my house (about 350 miles/560 km of highway)

I've built wooden protection around the ends of the wings, and I've bought every known protection method for the rest of the parts - shipping blankets, bubble wrap, pallet wrap plastic, and styrofoam boards for example.

I've also ordered about a dozen or so long tiedown straps.

Any tips would be most welcome, since I obviously want everything to arrive safely. My wife thinks I'm crazy for doing it myself, and tells me I should have paid the 4000 USD that the shippers wanted - but I guess if I was a rational thinker I would not be building an airplane!
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:31 PM
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Default For 4k, I would do it myself...

However, I would strongly consider renting, borrowing or stealing an enclosed trailer for the duty. The load would be much safer and out of any potential IMC events.
Good Luck and Take your Time.
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:09 PM
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However, I would strongly consider renting, borrowing or stealing an enclosed trailer for the duty. The load would be much safer and out of any potential IMC events.
Good Luck and Take your Time.
Ian
+1 even a large box truck from penske/uhaul/etc would only be a couple hundred dollars. I know from motorcycle experience what even a loose strap or corner of a blanket can do to a paint job out in the wind.

I used a Penske truck to move my project about 1000 miles, rumor has it their trucks have wood floors that someone may or may not have screwed extra tie downs for more support. removed before returning obviously.
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:16 PM
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+1 for a box truck. Although I found that the Penske trucks had much harder suspension. I think maybe the ones with round wheels were extra.

Uhaul truck rode smoother. Still a lot more dynamics than you might think. I had restrained my fuselage by the plywood dummy spars bolted into the center section. One broke. So use solid wood, not plywood.
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:46 PM
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+1 even a large box truck from penske/uhaul/etc would only be a couple hundred dollars. I know from motorcycle experience what even a loose strap or corner of a blanket can do to a paint job out in the wind.

I used a Penske truck to move my project about 1000 miles, rumor has it their trucks have wood floors that someone may or may not have screwed extra tie downs for more support. removed before returning obviously.
I also used a Penske 26' truck. The extended tail gate was long and wide enough to allow me to roll the wheels onto the gate and then while it was raised I raised the tail and rolled the fuse in. I then screwed straps to the floor at the wheels and tail using 2x4s and strapped the fuse in. Solid and never moved for either trip. The wings were locked in the cradle and strapped to the side of the truck with lots of room. The other parts were wrapped and in the fuse or strapped to the forward wall of the truck. Easy loading and unloading for 2 people.

Not sure how the 8 dimensions compare but I would do it this way again. No worries about weather, rocks flung up from tires etc. FWIW.

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Old 11-07-2018, 03:17 PM
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All good tips on using a truck, the challenge is that where I live they don't rent trucks big enough for an RV8 to normal people, only folks with a truck driving license. Consequently, there is almost no market for trucks like that, thus the huge cost to get a company to do it. Also, big trailers that are enclosed are also very hard to get, which is why I bought a flatbed. Renting them is really hard - plenty of people rent the flatbeds. Buying an enclosed trailer is about 10k, so I also dropped that idea.

Looks like I'll just continue with my plan to plastic wrap the aircraft to protect it from the elements during the drive on the trailer. Any other hints or tips?
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:43 PM
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Build a cradle to lift and hold the tail of the airplane. Placement is at the intersection of the tail spring socket and forward 12". This will serve a a mount to hold the airframe laterally and vertically. Line the cradle with carpet etc. This must suspend the tail spring and wheel off the deck. If you do not do this, you will be replacing the aft bulkhead. The trailer and the tail of the airplane will bounce out of phase and wreck havoc on your airframe. I would go for an open trailer IMHO.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:08 PM
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If the vertical is on your OK. If not, be sure and install bolts through the rear bulkhead and tail spring weldment. You will likely bend the rear bulkhead when being shipped if left unsecured.

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Old 11-07-2018, 04:30 PM
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How far are you towing?

I once towed a Cessna 172 on a 7 x 16 flatbed after it made an emergency landing in a field. The FBO sent over a couple mechanics to remove the wings while I went to go get my trailer. Fuselage sat on its gear with the wings underneath on some foam rubber under and in between.

Main landing gear is over 7' in width, so the mains were on a 2x12 that cantilevered over the edges. Lost of tie-down straps were used.
Horizontal tail is wider than legal. FBO owner followed me while towing back to the airport so he could prevent other cars from getting close. I took up both lanes when crossing a bridge to prevent the tail from hitting side supports.

Worked fine to get the airplane out of the field and back to the airport quickly before any news cameras showed up about the airplane "crash". Wouldn't want to travel far with a horizontal tail made of thin aluminum sticking out that wide.

Open trailer isn't a problem for a short ride.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:36 PM
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A close look at Mickey's info in his first post will show he lives in Switzerland and needs to transport his plane 350 miles. Unfortunately he doesn't have the options we have in the USA.

Best wishes, Mickey, anyone who has built an airplane will figure out a solution!
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