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Old 02-09-2007, 12:57 AM
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I need to move a longeze.I bought a project and I need to trailer it home. A long distance, The project is fuselage and wings that are complete.
The wings are without the winglets.The fuselage is on the gear with canopy.What size trailer do I need and do I have to sit the fuselage at an angle to transport it? I had a longeze builder that said to stand the fuselage upright.Any help would be appreaciated.

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Old 02-09-2007, 02:07 AM
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I transported my LongEz project at the same stage 1600 miles with the fuselage parked on its nose/tied down on a car hauler trailer, towed behind a Ryder truck containing the wings/canard. While too wide to legally tow and arguably unsafe for others, I had no problem (all but 4 miles on the interstate). I attached flags through the outboard wing attach points on the centersection.

Alternatively, you can construct a complicated jig to set the fuselage on an angle to meet the width requirement. If not done securely, probably more unsafe than simply towing the thing tied down. Frankly, you're probably more likely to cause an accident from all the rubber-necking that will occur than from a collision.

For ideas, shrink-wrap pallet plastic and thin styro (both from Home Depot) can provide a nice barrier of security for the structure/canopy from rocks etc.
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:43 AM
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do I have to sit the fuselage at an angle to transport it?
If the centerspar is installed, I would recommend it.

I traveled 60 miles with mine (San Jose to Hollister for first flight). The Centerspar sticks out a lot. On the two lane road, I was nervous wreck. I only hoped that I didn't cross over a bridge at the same time there was a semi truck coming from the opposite direction.

(There may also be a legal issue with wide load)

Anyway, I made a set of jigs for the wings to rest in. 2x4 plywood and a lot of carpet pieces, reminds me -

WHO HAS MY WING TRANSPORT JIGS??????

As for the fuselage, If I were doing this today, I would make a fuselage cradle that the fuselage could rest in, tilted at an angle. bolt/screw the cradle to the trailer bed, then secure the fuselage into the cradle.

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Old 02-09-2007, 10:20 AM
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Interstingly, I just got a picture from a Velocity builder moving back from Alaska, here's his rig.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:17 PM
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Good idea, This takes the cradle idea all the way around a full 90 Degrees. This looks like a good idea.

BUT, Why does the main gear look funny in the photo ?? Are they spread out with a cable or something that we can't see in the photo?


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Old 02-09-2007, 02:34 PM
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Good idea, This takes the cradle idea all the way around a full 90 Degrees. This looks like a good idea.

BUT, Why does the main gear look funny in the photo ?? Are they spread out with a cable or something that we can't see in the photo?


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Old 02-09-2007, 02:37 PM
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BUT, Why does the main gear look funny in the photo ?? Are they spread out with a cable or something that we can't see in the photo?
They are retracts.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:39 PM
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As others mentioned already, the center spar and strakes make all the difference. Fortunately, in my Cozy III project, the spar had not been fitted yet. I was able to tow the project with my little Renault Twingo something like two thousand miles from France to Greece on a stripped boat trailer. For a picture of the project on the trailer, see my "Honey I'm home!" post on the "Cozy III project pictures" thread.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:39 PM
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This is a picture of Afif Saybees plane in the Honduras. He had to move it quite a distance after a gear up landing. I used a similar trailer to take mine to the airport but I was only going a short distance. I don't think I would have a problem using this setup for long distance.

As you can see the overlap of the strakes sticking out is not that bad. Simpy pull over to the right side if your on a two lane.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:19 PM
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OOHHH, I see.

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Old 02-09-2007, 03:25 PM
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Trip to Hollister;

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As you can see the overlap of the strakes sticking out is not that bad.
here, if you are over legal width the cops will pink-sticker you and you will be going NOWHERE. So watch out.

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Old 02-10-2007, 12:35 PM
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Waiter- Hollister airport is my backyard digs! Some canardians there..some guyz building there...Isnt that a great little airport. Just inland enuf to not get the fog, more VFR...quiet. good folks.
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:18 AM
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~ 135"
The length of the trailer isn't critical. The wings are supposed to be able to carry their own weight and then some ...
Good padding IS essential.
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:43 PM
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Moved the Longeze from Fl to WA. Used a 16ft utility Trailer. Used 2 X 6 s and padded fuselage and and made a cradle (s) for wings using carpet strips.Got the idea from a EZE builder in Anacortes. The only problem was tarp kept tearing. Used bungee cords and ratcheting straps. PLENTY of bungee cords. And of course DUCT TAPE! Looked like Grapes Of Wrath. Anyone know who makes cowling for the EZE for a O-360 Lyc?
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