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Old 02-24-2014, 10:05 PM
WingsOnWheels WingsOnWheels is offline
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Default Transport in a Uhaul - Need Advice

Unfortunately, this post is not about my move to the airport. Still moving the RV, but to a new home instead. We are renting a large Uhaul truck to move the household goods. I'm planning to move the RV with the same truck. Today I went down to Uhaul to take a look inside and see what sort of tie-downs are on the floor. I had expected some D-rings or E-Track. There is nothing at all. And the floor is metal.

My RV is on the gear with the engine mounted. Has anyone moved a similar project in a box truck? How did you secure the aircraft? Pictures maybe? The upside, the move is only 10 miles and except for the train tracks, the roads are decent.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:36 PM
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Be sure to measure the width of the gear legs, that they will fit into the truck.
I started to put my 7A into a car trailer and found out the gear was too wide. Did not measure first. i could not believe it would not fit. I never have checked a box truck. I eventually used an implement trailer and tied down the gear legs(wheels) and that was it. I strapped around the hub of the prop to the floor and hauled it 25 miles.
Just thought of a possible solution. Use 2x4 across each main gear to the side of the truck, tie it together with other 2x4's and the front gear.
Thus making a type triangle attach straps to the side of the truck to the fuselage and prop in front. Use some of that building brains and you will find a solution.

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:39 PM
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I used Ryder trucks, they have a wood floor from which you can screw in some eyelets and secure the plane.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:55 PM
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Former VAFer, Chris Hand, had moved his project across the country a few times because he was in the military. He also was a member of my EAA chapter so I had the pleasure of knowing him. Sadly, Chris passed away last year. However, his website is still up and he has some good pictures of at least one of his moves. He said that he got pretty good at moving his project. Here is the link:

I hope this helps.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:15 AM
PJSeipel PJSeipel is offline
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I'm military, so my RV-10 has moved across the country several times. I moved my RV-10 in a 26 foot Penske truck once, Norfolk to Quantico (sorry, no pictures). I chose the Penske because it has a wooden deck (so you can screw in tie-downs) and because it has no wheel wells, so once inside, I could roll it where I wanted it. The disadvantages were: 1) The Penske is really, really high in the air. It took 6 people pushing to get it up the ramps I made, and we were lucky that the ramps held up; 2) I had to squeeze the main gear with a strap and angle the plane to get the gear through the door; 3) I scraped the cabin top on the truck's door because although the opening is big enough, the door hangs down several inches unless you push up on it; and 4) it was still ridiculously hard to tie down well.

The advantages were: It didn't get wet when it rained. Seriously, that was the only one.

After that experience, and knowing I would move several more times before I finished, I bought a flatbed trailer for a few thousand dollars. It has paid for itself a few times over.

Since you're not moving far, I'd try to rent/borrow something like this. I would highly recommend a flat-bed as opposed to the Uhaul, although it can be done in a Uhaul. If you do move it in a truck, remember to go slow and take it easy on the turns, especially if you're using anchors that are screwed in. I use a ton of straps, and I've broken a number straps moving my project when I've hit a bump on the interstate at 65mph. Those bumps at the start/end of a bridge don't seem like much, but they'll make an RV on the gear dance something fierce. Those wooden rails inside the truck won't take much abuse either, FYI. I cracked the ones on the Penske in a couple places.

I know you're out of the area, but I'm currently stationed in Albany, GA and anyone in the area is welcome to borrow my trailer for semi-local moves.

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Old 02-25-2014, 06:17 AM
WingsOnWheels WingsOnWheels is offline
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Thanks for the replies. The last moving truck I rented before was a Penske. I had planned to run some bolts into the floor until I saw the metal floor on the Uhaul.

My initial plan was to rent a trailer, but I was having a hard time finding one. On top of that, the forecast is for rain during the two-day window I have to move the entire household.

Uhaul lists the door opening as 87", so at least the plane will roll in fine. Of course there are 4-5" wheel wells inside to get over. I made a winch setup and 10' ramps to get the plane in the truck. Sounds like I need to have some more 2x4s ready to go so I can build up some supports. I already have a large collection of tie-down straps.

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Old 02-25-2014, 06:36 AM
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I used 4'x8' sheets of plywood just laying on the floor of an enclosed trailer. I bolted stop blocks to the plywood that would capture the wheels of the aircraft and tied down the wheels to the blocks. The plywood is sized to "just fit" side to side and 2x4s ran parallel front to back attached to the plywood.

All of this kept the aircraft on the plywood, which could not move side to side or front to back. Nothing stopped the possibility of the aircraft from "jumping" up and down, but without the vs attached, it just was not a concern.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:00 AM
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Before I finally finished it. For the Uhaul, isn't there a wooden railing around the inside of the truck about 3 foot off the floor? If so, use ratchet straps and attach them to the landin gear. Also chock it with aluminum angle with a bungee on the inside and outside of the tire. That should hold her.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:20 AM
WingsOnWheels WingsOnWheels is offline
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I guess I was looking for something to keep the plane from taking flight in the back of the truck. I guess that as long as it is kept from moving laterally it can hop around a little without causing a problem.

I think straps for and aft + to the sides will do the job with chocks for good measure. I'll just take it slow to keep the hopping to a minimum.

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Old 02-25-2014, 08:49 AM
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I transported my RV9A project a few hundred mile in a 26' U-haul truck.
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