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Old 03-25-2023, 09:47 PM
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Default RV-8 rear baggage compartment dimensions

Hi:
Anyone here happen to have the rear baggage compartment dimensions for an RV-8? The Vans plans don't seem to have the dimensions.
I am attempting to find an e-scooter that would fit in the rear baggage area.
Thank you in advance!
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Old 05-14-2023, 05:08 PM
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Hi - I had exactly the same question two years ago when I was shopping for Rv-8s. I never found the exact answer, and when I saw this question pop up, I told myself I would measure and answer it. But, I kept forgetting until last week.

Anyway, I've measured my baggage area and attached an annotated version of the schematic that Van's has on their site.

In short, the entry way into the baggage area is 27.75 inches tall, and 21.5 inches wide at the bulkhead. There's a little more width right behind the bulkhead, but e-bikes and scooters are a tight fit.

There is a structural member from 19.5 - 20.1 inches above the floor that protrudes in, and reduces width at that location to 19.75 inches.

I got a used Brompton folding e-bike that folds down to about 25.3' H' x 23'' W x 10.6'' D. It DOES just barely fit in there, I have to wedge it in at an angle. Its actually easier to take out the back seat, toss in the bike, and then reinstall the back seat, than try to angle it in perfectly in 3 dimensions while fighting with the seat back.

Plenty of room *behind* the bike for clothes and helmets and things, whatever will fit on that back shelf.

Also, bear in mind that the back seat protrudes about 2 inches into the compartment.

If you want photos of the actual measurements, I can send via PM.
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Old 05-15-2023, 12:15 PM
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Once I saw a RV-8 with a modified baggage compartment, the pilot put two Brompton bikes in there. I dont have pictures or dimensions - just want to share the idea of modifying things in case you are building.
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Old 05-15-2023, 10:45 PM
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Hi - I had exactly the same question two years ago when I was shopping for Rv-8s. I never found the exact answer, and when I saw this question pop up, I told myself I would measure and answer it. But, I kept forgetting until last week.

Anyway, I've measured my baggage area and attached an annotated version of the schematic that Van's has on their site.

In short, the entry way into the baggage area is 27.75 inches tall, and 21.5 inches wide at the bulkhead. There's a little more width right behind the bulkhead, but e-bikes and scooters are a tight fit.

There is a structural member from 19.5 - 20.1 inches above the floor that protrudes in, and reduces width at that location to 19.75 inches.

I got a used Brompton folding e-bike that folds down to about 25.3' H' x 23'' W x 10.6'' D. It DOES just barely fit in there, I have to wedge it in at an angle. Its actually easier to take out the back seat, toss in the bike, and then reinstall the back seat, than try to angle it in perfectly in 3 dimensions while fighting with the seat back.

Plenty of room *behind* the bike for clothes and helmets and things, whatever will fit on that back shelf.

Also, bear in mind that the back seat protrudes about 2 inches into the compartment.

If you want photos of the actual measurements, I can send via PM.
Thank you for your help. Unfortunately, seems like most e-scooters wont fit back there. They are all about 41-44 inches long. Im reluctant to haul the Brompton in the back because I need room for a maintenance tool kit and a backpack for those cross country trips.
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