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Old 01-08-2021, 09:43 PM
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Default Putting the RV10 in the parking spot

I’m finding the RV10 to be a real <deleted>/pig to move around. It’s so heavy! Any tips or tricks to get this <deleted> in her parking spot without running her into anything? Do guys use a electric tow bar of some variety?


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Old 01-08-2021, 09:48 PM
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Wow...

Anyhow. Tow bar? Tug?

http://besttugs.com certainly do the trick.
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:57 PM
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Wow...

Anyhow. Tow bar? Tug?

http://besttugs.com certainly do the trick.

Thanks. Iím trying not to buy a tug because I spent so much money on this airplane that my account is pretty low. Should improve here in a few months. I find it easier to pull than push. Another idea, I am wondering if I could use the winch on my truck to pull the airplane into the spot from the tail tie down hook. Does the lack of nose wheel steering make this impossible?
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Old 01-08-2021, 10:14 PM
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Thanks. Iím trying not to buy a tug because I spent so much money on this airplane that my account is pretty low. Should improve here in a few months. I find it easier to pull than push. Another idea, I am wondering if I could use the winch on my truck to pull the airplane into the spot from the tail tie down hook. Does the lack of nose wheel steering make this impossible?
The tail tie down isn't going to hold up if you use it as a hard point for towing. It is designed for vertical, not horizontal loads.

If you could pull the airplane into the parking spot, you could use a winch for that, but if you're having to "reverse" into a spot, a tug, practice, and a little bodybuilding would each help in some way.
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My 12 year olds have no problem pushing and pulling our -10 around, here moving the bird across the airport to another hangar. You might check tire air pressure.
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Old 01-09-2021, 12:34 AM
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Air up the tires and see how it moves.
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Air up the tires and see how it moves.
And make sure the brakes are not dragging...
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And make sure the brakes are not dragging...
This happened to me.... Brake pedal was not fully releasing making it VERY hard to move plane. Wheels not totally locked, but certainly made it hard to roll.
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Old 01-09-2021, 09:12 AM
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The "I just spent a wad of money feeling" you are have goes away quickly after the -10 purchase. The prescription for it is lots of flying. Avgas is the cheapest part of owning an airplane.

There are others that have remote winchs mounted in the back of their hangar that steer the nose wheel with a tow bar while operating the winch. You cannot drag the 10 backwards without steering the nose simultaneously. Bogert makes a really nice collapsible towbar that works fantastic. https://bogertaviation.com/collectio...wheel-aircraft
I travel with it always because while it is possible to push the airplane and steer it with pressure left and right, the towbar makes it so much easier.

One thing to note is that pulling the airplane by hand/towbar is a great time to "feel" the air pressure in the tires. You will get accustomed to how proper tire pressure rolls.

I bought a good used EZ-40 gas tug for $600 off Craigslist and haven't looked back. They require either a purchased adapter for the -10 or a little modification on your part.
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