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Old 09-10-2017, 05:46 PM
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Default Pushing the airplane back in the hangar

We did some high speed taxiing today, and as I was trying to get the plane back in the hangar I found it nearly impossible for one person to push it all the way in with a standard tow bar (it's an uphill climb all the way). We have an MT composite prop, so no pushing on that. Does anyone have any tips on this? I thought about a powered tug, but MY GOD are those things expensive (around $2k).
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:12 PM
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Pulley or winch?
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:14 PM
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I have in the past used an old tractor lawn mower with a toe bar for my RV7A. You can often buy a good used one for under $500 and remove the mower deck. I also recommend welding a front pin holder on so you can "push" the airplane in there by allowing you to see the direction your pushing.
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:48 PM
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Cleverest idea I've seen (I guess since I've never seen one, living in MS) was to buy a small snow blower at a big box store & remove the blower. What's left becomes a walking tug.

I think the pics were posted here a few years ago, so sorry; you probably won't get to see them....

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Old 09-10-2017, 06:56 PM
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http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...=108484&page=2
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:40 PM
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That's it; good to see most of the pics still show up.

In reference to that thread about rolling your own, a former hangar tenant abandoned a factory built 'taildragger dragger' that uses a generic automotive starter motor with a chain drive to the drive axle. 12V car battery, relay, & a SPDT Center Off switch completes it.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:47 PM
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I'm afraid that the RV10 hates going backwards. The tow bar is purely for steering and/or pulling. If you try and push on it you will come to grief. The only way is to get help with a couple of people pushing on the wings while you steer - and avoid the temptation to "help" with the pushing.......
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Old 09-10-2017, 11:13 PM
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I use a 110V winch bolted to the floor (from Harbor Freight. Forgot price but it was somewhere around $100) works very well. All you have to do is steer. Only trick is that the control cord that comes with the winch has a 6 ft cord so you have to extend the cord, or remote control, or, what I did, was leave the control as it was and just add another cord that just activates the "pull it in" direction on the winch.
An added benefit of the winch is that it still works when there is ice on the taxiway.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:39 AM
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Cleverest idea I've seen (I guess since I've never seen one, living in MS) was to buy a small snow blower at a big box store & remove the blower. What's left becomes a walking tug.

I think the pics were posted here a few years ago, so sorry; you probably won't get to see them....

Charlie
I followed the lead of this thread and bought a Craftsman snow blower used on Craigslist for a couple hundred bucks. A bit of welding and voila! It has been working fine ever since (4 years). The idea is seen here:

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ght=Snowblower
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:10 AM
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I use a Harbor Freight Electric Hoist...https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DZN2FQA...a-308033213690

Mount it to back wall of hanger and extend switch wire to nose of airplane. Works like a charm. $159
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