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Old 12-09-2020, 11:25 AM
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Anyone installing a step on the RV-14 taildragger? If not any problems getting in?
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Old 12-09-2020, 11:31 AM
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Most the 14's I've seen have the step .. it's a bit taller than a 7
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Old 12-09-2020, 01:08 PM
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Thanks, Are they standard in the taildragger kit?
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Old 12-09-2020, 02:30 PM
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They are not standard but I am putting them in my 14. I am 6'-1" and my wife is 5'-11" and would not want to get in one regularly without the step especially as we get older.
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Old 12-09-2020, 04:12 PM
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They are expensive and I started out flying without them. I donít think thereís a graceful way to climb in/out without a step. And I spent way too much time getting my flap TE right to risk someone damaging it. I also have short wife so there was going to be at least one...I installed both and Iím glad I did. FYI adding them to a flying -14 was not too difficult.
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Old 12-09-2020, 04:18 PM
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Old 12-09-2020, 04:47 PM
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This comes up once a year it seems. Im 6í4Ē and yes I have and use the step EVERY time. Also I should mention that the factory -14 has a step installed. Better to install it while building and remove it than not.
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Old 12-09-2020, 07:16 PM
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Five foot eight on a good day, and I did not install the steps. It is a bit of a stretch but something I got used to it.
Consider a small folding stool for even shorter passengers.
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Old 12-09-2020, 07:43 PM
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Had same debate with myself and ended up installing steps and very glad I did
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:24 PM
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I'm 6'4" and did not install steps. After 20 hours, I installed steps. Not too difficult, but tedious getting the rivets set in the bracket. Definitely install them while building.
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