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Old 09-16-2019, 10:37 AM
N605RV N605RV is offline
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Default tow bars for RV4

where do I get a control stick boot for the rear seat of my RV4 (it's open and dangerous)

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Old 09-16-2019, 01:14 PM
JimRice JimRice is offline
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Default Bogert Towbar

I have a Bogert towbar I use on my RV-4. Just checked and it is $156. It has a handle which manually spreads the bar and then clamps the tailwheel. The t-handle is easily removable allowing a longer end to be installed with will accept a tow hitch pin. I just bought the end and cut a piece of tubing to the length I wanted and bolted it together. My old hangar was uphill going in and I used a winch to pull it in tail first. Worked great. I've also towed it around using this and a 4 wheeler, but am careful to always keep it slow and mindful when pushing with it.
Jim Rice
Collierville, TN

1994 RV-4 N4WJ (Purchased/Flying)
1946 J-3 Cub N7155H (Restored/Flying)
1946 Globe Swift N3368K (Purchased Restored/Flying SOLD)
1987 Starduster Too SA-300 (Purchased/Flying/SOLD)
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:46 PM
alpinelakespilot2000 alpinelakespilot2000 is offline
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The "Regular" Cessna towbar, for $62, works great too, and is light. Good for traveling or around hangar.

For any of the above you will probably need to get a longer tailwheel axle bolt as well as some bushing spacers. This gives the towbar more to grab onto.
Steve M.
Ellensburg WA
RV-9 Flying, 0-320, Catto

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Old 09-17-2019, 09:03 AM
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:15 PM
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Default TOW BARS

Extended the axle bolt and made a tow bar from scrap 4130. Uses the spring tension in the 4130 to keep it on the extended bolt. Good welding practice. Working well for 30 plus years.
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by N605RV View Post
can anyone recommend a good towbar design and source?
I had a Bogert tow bar for my -4 but quit using it. It always slipped off the tailwheel and, after a while, I found out it was much easier just to push the airplane around by the horizontal stabilizer. I do the same thing with my -8 but the four was easier as it's lighter.
Randy King
Tampa (Wimauma), Florida
RV-4 N212CS (sold)
RV-8 N184RK (flying)
Flying an A320 to pay the bills
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:42 AM
riobison riobison is offline
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a rope with 2 red hooks from Home Depot that hooks onto the vertical shaft on the tail wheel fork works perfect for dragging the plane around.
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Old 09-26-2019, 09:21 PM
N605RV N605RV is offline
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Default tow ba solved

Thanks everyone, I did as suggested and bought a simple 72 dollar taildragger tow bar out of Sportys, shortened the spring an inch or so and it works beautifully.
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