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Old 02-18-2021, 11:14 AM
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Default Is that an L-39

Looks like a L-39, very fun airplane to fly Handles like my RV
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Old 02-20-2021, 06:00 AM
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PAW wheelbarrow adapted for a taildragger: https://www.electricpaw.com/customdesigns.html
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Old 02-20-2021, 06:57 AM
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PAW wheelbarrow adapted for a taildragger: https://www.electricpaw.com/customdesigns.html
So it does work, added to my future project list Looks like he has moved the battery box to the top of the frame and installed smaller wheels to slow it down as Dan suggested.
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Old 02-20-2021, 08:15 AM
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I built something very similar to the PAW wheelbarrow. It would move the plane around on concrete ok but grass not so well. Any uphill or wet grass and the wheels would slip. Could have modified it with bigger wheels and more weight but decided to buy a used JD grass cutter and that works very well as a tug.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:27 AM
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I've found that pushing a 2500 lb Stearman around with main wheel A-frame style towbar is the easiest way to position it, especially into a T Hangar. Works well on lumpy grass or gravel too as long as the tug is geared for it.




Might be overkill on a 1100lb RV though?
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:38 AM
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I've found that pushing a 2500 lb Stearman around with main wheel A-frame style towbar is the easiest way to position it, especially into a T Hangar. Works well on lumpy grass or gravel to add long as the tug is geared for it.

Might be overkill on a 1100lb RV though?
Not overkill, it would work fine, but the problem for most RVs is the lack of attach points at the axle. For an RV-8 with the flat steel gear legs, tow bar attach rings could be fabricated and attached at the axles, but they’d have to protrude through the wheel pants and might cost 1/4 knot on airspeed. For a 6 or 7 with tubular gear, I don’t think it would work.

For taildraggers RVs the best towbar attach point is at the tailwheel, IMHO.
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:22 AM
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Default Or a Golf Cart!

There are lots of golf carts here at the home drome. Easy to add a hitch, and an extra hitch on the front is sometimes useful, too. Also useful for moving just people around the airport.
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Not overkill, it would work fine, but the problem for most RVs is the lack of attach points at the axle. For an RV-8 with the flat steel gear legs, tow bar attach rings could be fabricated and attached at the axles, but they’d have to protrude through the wheel pants and might cost 1/4 knot on airspeed. For a 6 or 7 with tubular gear, I don’t think it would work.

For taildraggers RVs the best towbar attach point is at the tailwheel, IMHO.
I used to push my -8 using a similar/longer yoke attached to the tie down points. Worked well.
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