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Old 02-25-2014, 09:31 AM
DBone DBone is offline
 
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Default if you need a hand...

Colin - if you need a hand when you do this, let me know and I can try to be there. PM me your contact info and we can talk more.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:37 AM
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Everyone is thinking it, so I'm just going to say it:

Self Tapping metal screws, D-Rings, and a prepared "It was like that when I rented it" statement.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:58 PM
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Everyone is thinking it, so I'm just going to say it:

Self Tapping metal screws, D-Rings, and a prepared "It was like that when I rented it" statement.
I was thinking nutserts and eyebolts, but same excuse....hahaha
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:03 PM
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Colin - if you need a hand when you do this, let me know and I can try to be there. PM me your contact info and we can talk more.
Dave,

I appriciate the offer. I have to make the move next Monday which doesn't work well for most folks schedule. My father-in-law will be here to help. He is a career A&P so he will be of great use and knows where not to push. I already picked up a hand winch to help get the plane up the ramps. The Uhaul has a pretty low deck (33"), that along with 10' ramps should make it pretty easy to get in the truck (famous last words).
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:59 PM
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Default Exact same scenario.....

I recently delivered an RV-12 from Texas all the way up to the middle of Iowa. This was a LONG LONG trip, and totaled about 14-hours of drive-time one-way in a 26' U-Haul. This was less than a week ago, so I can offer first-hand advice: it is NO big deal!

I was real worried when I saw the aluminum floor. I had envisioned a wood floor, and had thought I could easily screw down strapping points to the floor. But with the aluminum floor that of course wasn't an option. I also thought about self-tapping screws into the floor but it was NOT needed!

Use the wooded slats on the walls to secure your straps. And use a ton of blankets! U-Haul rented me moving blankets for $6 per dozen. I rented 8-dozen blankets (cheap insurance!) and used every single one of them. I secured the fuselage into the U-Haul, with the nosewheel all the way to the front. The vertical on the RV-12 is VERY tall and wouldn't clear the roof of the truck. So using a bag of the moving blankets for the nosewheel, I secured the fuselage with the nosewheel about a foot in the air. This allowed plenty of clearance for the vertical. Secure the fuselage to the front bulkhead of the truck, using the horizontal wooden slats. Works great!

When I tell you this, I am not joking: the haul from Texas to Iowa was long, but getting across Oklahoma was brutal. Oklahoma has some of the worst highways in the country, as far as being smooth. No joke, at one point it was so violent that I thought I had a flat. I pulled over to check, and sure enough, it was simply the dismal road construction in Oklahoma. No flats! Rest assured, that the plane never moved an inch during these rough road conditions, nor did it move at all during the entire 14-hour drive. The cheap rental of the moving blankets was also worth its weight in gold! I am attaching a photo. Don't worry at all about tying anything to the floor. Get creative and use the wooden side slats in the walls of the U-Haul. I secured nothing to the floor. I ONLY used straps (about 16 of them) to the side slats and got zero movement. Use an 'X' pattern to hold the aft fuselage as seen in my photo. Wrap a blanket around the fuselage first, at the location of a bulkhead. No problems! Hope this helps, but again, don't worry about not being able to secure anything to the floor itself. It is not necessary!

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Old 02-25-2014, 06:54 PM
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I moved my RV8 project on the gears in a Budget 26'. It will fit. I transported over 700 miles. If you are going 10 miles I would use a trailer. MUCH easier and cheaper.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:31 PM
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I moved my RV8 project on the gears in a Budget 26'. It will fit. I transported over 700 miles. If you are going 10 miles I would use a trailer. MUCH easier and cheaper.
True, but if he already has the U-Haul rented for moving the house stuff, it will be a big piece of cake moving it only a few miles!
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:44 PM
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True, but if he already has the U-Haul rented for moving the house stuff, it will be a big piece of cake moving it only a few miles!

Looks like the Uhaul will work great for my purposes, floor tie-downs or not. I was just over thinking things.

The Uhaul is actually cheaper than the trailer for a short distance. The uhaul is $39.95 a day plus $0.79/mile, so about $60 for two trims between houses and the return (plus gas or course). The only trailer rental I found for one wide enough was $65 a day and almost an hour away. Just better to keep things simple I guess.

I plan to take the fuselage on one trip with a few boxes and lightweight items. A second trip will bring the wings and all my shop equipment.

I really appreciate all the great tips members have provided. I'm not very worried about this haul at all anymore.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:25 PM
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When I tell you this, I am not joking: the haul from Texas to Iowa was long, but getting across Oklahoma was brutal. Oklahoma has some of the worst highways in the country, as far as being smooth.
No kidding. I'll never plan a route through Oklahoma again. There were times I looked in the rearview at my RV-10 on the trailer and swore it was taking off the trailer was bouncing so bad.


One piece of advice for the wings: Either lay them down or make sure your wing stands are solid and strapped/blocked really good. I had a set of wing stands come apart on me during one move and the wings fell over in the truck. Cost me building a new flap.

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Old 03-05-2014, 06:18 AM
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Just wanted to say thanks for all the advice. I made the move on Monday and it went fine. In all reality, the RV was the easiest part of the entire move. The door of the 26' Uhaul is about 3" narrower than the axle nuts on the -6A gear. However, we were able to just twist the plane to the side a bit, get one leg through and then drag it over and put the oter leg through. The two of use got it done with the help of a small trailer-type hand winch.

Thanks,
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