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Old 01-27-2020, 06:20 PM
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Location: NSW, Australia
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I cheated a bit, and got my good mate John Deere and his offsiders "Rusty" Shackles and "Ropey" Slings to do the unloading.

Having said that, the boxes aren't that heavy and once on a smooth concrete surface they can be pushed around single handed fairly easily.
RV-9, Empennage and Wings about done, Fuselage started.
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Old 01-27-2020, 07:34 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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Boxes? My kit came in one box:

(2020 dues paid)
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Old 01-27-2020, 08:38 PM
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Location: Mount Vernon, Wa
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Boxes? My kit came in one box:

Dang! The Bee Gees helped you unload your kit? That's awsome!
Ken W.
Mount Vernon, WA
2020 VAF Supporter
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Old 01-28-2020, 05:39 AM
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Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Belleville, MI
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When my RV-10 empennage was shipped, I had to rent a U-haul and go pick it up from the ODFL terminal. I was a little miffed at that.

My RV-12 empennage (much smaller box), was delivered to my home by ODFL with a liftgate and lowered onto Hazzard Frought dollies like others have used. The driver seemed surprised that they would ask him to deliver such a large box to a residence, and was skeptical he could get it off the truck, but I assured him, "dude, we got this." And it was no big deal.

Why couldn't they deliver my RV-10 emp? Too big for the liftgate I assumed?
Bobby Steinmetz
Van Buren TWP, MI
Student Pilot, Mechanical Engineer
RV-12iS Empennage, Fuse, & Finish Kits #121228
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Donated 2020 (twice)
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Old 01-28-2020, 06:41 AM
WingsOnWheels WingsOnWheels is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Plano, TX
Posts: 2,104

I picked up all of my kits at the depot with my pickup truck. I have a full-width ATV ramp, so I just slid them down the ramp. Due to timing, I moved all of the kits by myself, it was never a problem.
Colin P.
RV-6A #20603
Complete 5/10/19
I donate every year on my B-Day (in Dec), but donated early in Sep'19.
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Old 01-28-2020, 07:37 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 273

Let Vans know when you order (or when it's being crated) that you need a lift gate service and to send you the shipping info once they have it. I called the shipping company once I had a tracking number to verify that they would send it out with lift gate service so the driver would have to get it off the truck with a pallet jack.

Some areas may not have the ability to provide lift-gate service or it may not have been coordinated properly. If that is the case, talking to the shipper to make sure you understand options. Rent a trailer, borrow a pick-up, or get a u-haul and pick it up at the depot if necessary.

Guess I was lucky that for each of my slow-build kits so far I was able to get a lift-gate and the driver was able to easily get the box in my garage for me with his pallet jack.
Brian Lester
Dues Paid - 2020
RV10 Slow Build - #41778
Finish Kit - in progress
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Old 01-31-2020, 05:01 PM
bksboiler bksboiler is offline
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Marion, IN
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I have a 4X8 work table on casters, I rolled it up to the end of the truck, the driver used the pallet jack to bring the empennage to the back of the truck and we just slid it onto the table and rolled it right back into the shop. it was just a drop of a few inches due to the elevation of my shop versus the drive and worked well.

It was my first delivery, but went well, much better than I expected. I'll likely need a little bit more help for the heavier crates, but I was pleased with how easy it went on the first one.
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Old 01-31-2020, 05:48 PM
PilotjohnS PilotjohnS is offline
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Southwest
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Default Hinges

When i get the crate in the garage, i pit hinges on the lid. That way i can open the lid and get to stuff in the crate as i need it.
John S

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RV9A- Status:
Tail 98% done
Wings 98% done
Fuselage Kit 98% done
Finishing Kit 35% canopy done for now
Electrical 35% in work
Firewall Forward 5% in work
Fiberglass 0%, thought i was building in metal?
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