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01-22-2013 03:44 AM  4 years agoPost 21
fla heli boy

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whoever stole it had the balls to leave the sawed off tongue for us to find....

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01-22-2013 03:48 AM  4 years agoPost 22
Tyler

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Subscribed. I'll be back with some content to add to this conversation...

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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01-22-2013 03:53 AM  4 years agoPost 23
Girard Ibanez

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Had a Wells Fargo 4'X6' that I pulled with a Honda Civic. The downsize was that the trailer was setup for max weight 2200lbs so the suspension was very stiff.

If you do decide to go that route, buy a trailer with leaf springs and not torsion. Change the springs for the amount of weight you desire to carry so that the delicate items don't get bounce around or take a beating.

On another note, I seen a double axle trailer that are smooth as hell. The reason being is that as one tire goes over or into a bump/hole, the other tire remains on level ground giving you that smooth ride.


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01-22-2013 04:00 AM  4 years agoPost 24
Girard Ibanez

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On another note, I seen others at the field purchase a cheap cargo van just for the hobby. They retired the trailer and installed a slider system so that they can drag a 4'x8' plywood out. When done flying, put every thing back on top of the plywood and slide it back in the van.

Downside is that you have to pay registration and insurance verses a trailer which is one time registration for life (Az) and covered under your vehicle insurance.


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01-22-2013 04:23 AM  4 years agoPost 25
Ace Dude

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Had a Wells Fargo 4'X6' that I pulled with a Honda Civic. The downsize was that the trailer was setup for max weight 2200lbs so the suspension was very stiff.
I recall your posts on your trailer. Did you get rid of the trailer? Are you using another trailer now?

  

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01-22-2013 04:31 AM  4 years agoPost 26
Tyler

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Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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01-22-2013 04:43 AM  4 years agoPost 27
Tyler

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Introductory information

-Apache campler trailer from mid 1960's
-All aluminum, about 400lbs in stock form
-4'x7' as measured inside of the top of stock trailer
-Original springs just replaced with custom made springs to increase load capacity when fully stuffed for a week at IRCHA
-Tires upgraded to high speed variety with appropriate load rating
-New wheel hubs/bearings/rims (galvanized)
-Linear actuators offer 30" of vertical lift
-Linear actuators operate off of a single 3cell 2200mah lipo battery. Yep, I have lots of batteries and simply plug them in after flying them in my 450 class helicopters.
-Linear actuators pull 3.5 amps and deliver 400lbs of lifting/holding/pulling force EACH. Combined can lift over 1600lbs @ 11 amps @ 11.1v.
-Once the top is closed it WILL NOT open without access to the remote
-Top fully lifts/closes in about 60 seconds
Total weight with gear for a week at IRCHA is about 1,100lbs
-Tows like a dream
-25mpg on the highway with airconditioning running
-Top of trailer is carpet lined and makes a perfect work table
-Raised side on trailer prevents parts from falling/rolling into grass
-Trailer tongue removable to improve storage and prevent theft
-Four support legs adjust to uneven ground and allow trailer to free stand with tongue removed
-Can fit my 2Meter pattern plane or a 50cc plank if desired

-I can pull it with my golf cart at speeds of up to 20mph, too!!

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01-22-2013 04:47 AM  4 years agoPost 28
Tyler

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Agenda

I am still working on the following:

Solar charger for the batteries

New weather seals for doors (much more difficult job than I ever imagined)

Wing rack for top of lid that is universal, secure, and road worthy

permanent onboard charging station

possible onboard charging system powered by tow vehicle while driving

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01-22-2013 04:49 AM  4 years agoPost 29
fla heli boy

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THAT'S PRETTY SWEET...

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01-22-2013 05:06 AM  4 years agoPost 30
Girard Ibanez

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I recall your posts on your trailer. Did you get rid of the trailer? Are you using another trailer now?
I got rid of it just recently (last month). I don't think I'll be getting another trailer. I needed to clear out my garage and make space. I couldn't park the trailer outside (home owners regs).


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01-22-2013 05:16 AM  4 years agoPost 31
Tyler

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Sometimes smaller trailers provide more parking options that help with those neighborhood regulations. This one is 4 feet wide, total. It fits where most trailers will not, all while providing great cargo capacity and a work surface in one package, which was a serious personal goal.

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01-22-2013 05:27 AM  4 years agoPost 32
spacecopter

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From all three options I prefer my old Minivan

like the "Aerostar" I used to have (comfy for my dog and big enough

for my heli stuff)

Next time I would choose a Campervan.

Cheers Marc

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01-22-2013 07:49 AM  4 years agoPost 33
Kiba

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Was the trailer secured? I've never owned a trailer before and am no expert on trailer security, but I thought there are locks you can buy to prevent someone from connecting to the hitch. Was wondering if he was using some sort of theft deterrent?
Yep, had a chain & lock through the wheels, had a lock through the latch for the hitch, and had one of the lock ball/plate arrangements that goes in the socket.

They cut them all off and left them on his driveway. They used a smoking wrench and it probably took them less than 5 minutes to torch through everything.

If they want it, they'll get it. His biggest regret was leaving the trailer loaded with the planes and gear-- he decided it was easier to leave everything in the trailer so it was ready to go at a moments notice rather than unload it every time he got home from the field and then have to reload it every time he wanted to go fly.

What's convenient for you (leaving everything ready to go in the trailer) is also convenient for thieves (everything is ready for them to grab and go!)

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01-22-2013 12:44 PM  4 years agoPost 34
fla heli boy

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God I hate thieves!!!!

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01-22-2013 01:22 PM  4 years agoPost 35
Tyler

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Dad always said thieves will get what they want if they believe the must have it, no matter how and where we protect our valuables.

Just do a search for how many guys on here have had someone break into their homes for helicopters. Carrying everything inside may not make a difference.

I had someone break into my truck and steal the rc gear. More importantly they also stole my garage door opener. They returned within the week to try to get in through the garage. I had the garage door locked and opener unplugged. They still used a prybar under the door to force it open unsuccessfully.

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01-22-2013 01:53 PM  4 years agoPost 36
BladeStrikes

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Check out Harbor Freight,they have some really nice trailers.Go to the "automotive & trailer" section.

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01-22-2013 02:36 PM  4 years agoPost 37
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01-22-2013 02:58 PM  4 years agoPost 38
Ace Dude

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Tyler, Your trailer is awesome! I love the linear actuators, very cool!

Did you have the camper/trailer or did you purchase it specifically to convert for R/C use?

  

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01-22-2013 04:04 PM  4 years agoPost 39
Girard Ibanez

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I like that camper van ... adds for a sleeping arrangement ...


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01-22-2013 04:52 PM  4 years agoPost 40
coptercptn

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I have been using my trailer for about 4 years now and I consider it my "man Cave" on wheels.. Normally during the season I leave it loaded and ready to go 24/7... This way if time/weather permits, all I have to do is hook up and go fly.. Chargers,Gen set, work stations, heli mounts are all set to go.
I do though, on occasion, throw a radio/heli in the Acadia and just go fly...

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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