Hi all, 

My family and I are moving 31 miles.  I need to transport my 601xlb.  The fuselage is on the gear.  I seem to remember seeing a picture of someone transporting a 601 on a uHaul trailer.  Looking at the trailers they have, I conclude that it must have been a wheels up car hauler I saw used.  As the main is over 7ft wide, none of the other trailers are wide enought.  

Any ideas?  Picture would be great.

thanks

Ernest Jessee

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Comment by Mack P. Kreizenbeck on July 29, 2018 at 4:56pm

This is the way I transported my 601XLb from Idaho to California

Comment by Mack P. Kreizenbeck on July 29, 2018 at 4:54pm

Comment by Martin Pohl on July 20, 2018 at 5:03pm

I have a rather small trailer, that is only 4.2 feet wide. To transport the fuselage (we moved twice) I just added a wider support to the trailer, see picture attached. Works great.

Comment by Mark Stevens on July 19, 2018 at 7:48am

I modified the trailer in the picture by putting some 4 x 4’s and plywood to transport my fuselage for engine install.  Once engine was installed I brought it back in a 26 foot U Haul.

Comment by Mark Stevens on July 19, 2018 at 7:46am

Comment by Gary Nelson on July 18, 2018 at 1:10pm

I used a Penske rental truck to bring two 701s home to Jacksonville FL, one from Maine and one from Minneapolis. I used a 22' for one and a 16' on the second.  I found their 16' truck works fine and is much easier to drive.  The only thing I disliked about the Penske trucks is the lack of floor tie-downs.  I had to use the side-rails for tie-off points, which is not their design function, but I didn't note any signs of excess load strain on the rails or stand-offs after either 1500+ mi trip.

The first 701 had already had the landing gear, tail and wings removed.  Having the wings off was critical, the tail was optional, but not having landing gear attached made transporting the fuselage a pain.  And loading the engine even more of a pain.

On the second trip, I brought home a fully RTF fuselage, sans the wings and struts, and used a 16' truck.  The tricky part here was rolling it into the truck.  If I had it to do over, I would have bought two 12' 2x8 planks at the same Home Depot I rented the truck, and used 5 people (one one a strap tied off to the nose gear strut pulling, one on each main wheel to push and keep alignment, one at the head of each main wheel "ramp", as our ramps tend to shift a bit during the haul).  Also, I would have put something under the nose gear before I tied everything down, to keep the tail down further.  The only damage I sustained in the move was on the ventral fin forward of the rudder.  It was about 6" below the top edge of the truck's rear door, but despite being tied down at the tail, bounced on the road enough to dent the top edge of the fin.

For what it's worth.


Gary

Comment by Michael Gross on July 16, 2018 at 4:04pm

I don’t know if a uhaul trailer has “holes” or mesh grate...one thought would be to use some 1x6s (enough for width of tire)...and then use through bolts (through 1x6 and mesh) in several places.  I used this method for moving the 701 from home to airport.  It was an extension to one side of the trailer just bid enough to strap the wheel too.  This method worked for a 40 minute trip.  I chose the right side so that I could use median when needed for the “wide” load.

Of note...I owned the trailer I used so I just drilled through the wood floor boards.

Mike Gross

Comment by Bob McDonald on July 16, 2018 at 6:27am

Is it on gear yet?

Simple to load tilt & load tow truck. Get driver to run the charges through your AAA / CAA card.

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