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01-22-2013 02:27 AM  4 years agoPost 1
Mike Fortin

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Can you guys share what your doing in your pickups to carry your heli gear.

Just got a new ride and it's my first pickup so looking for some good ideas/inspiration.

Thanks in advance!

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01-22-2013 02:38 AM  4 years agoPost 2
WJackson

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Fishing rod holders mounted to a board.

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01-22-2013 02:53 AM  4 years agoPost 3
Crashr30

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Indoor/outdoor carpet glued to thinn plywood. Velcro over the tubes and on the carpet. Works great. Been all over the country.

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01-22-2013 03:22 AM  4 years agoPost 4
Mike Fortin

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Pics are great!

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01-22-2013 03:24 AM  4 years agoPost 5
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Smart move Mike. Cars are useless.

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01-22-2013 03:35 AM  4 years agoPost 6
Chief_USN

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Well my truck is a beater with no warranty so I just drilled holes in the bed and use small bungees around the skids to hold the heli down. I have the roll-on DIY liner and haven't had any issues with rust. I can take some pics tomorrow in the daylight if need be.

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01-22-2013 03:55 AM  4 years agoPost 7
Funky Trex

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Drive really slow

I ran a single 2x4 through the skids of all the big helis to keep them from tipping. Luckilly it wasn't too far of a drive.

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01-22-2013 04:03 AM  4 years agoPost 8
Girard Ibanez

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Don't have any pics Mike, but a fellow planker used a 4'x8' plywood mounted to a rail slider made from parts of the garage door. Slides out the plywood, load his gear then slide the plywood in. Easy loading and off loading. Also makes for a good work bench.

For support when the plywood is extended, he used a folding table legs that locks.


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01-22-2013 04:09 AM  4 years agoPost 9
RyanW

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Edmond, Oklahoma

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I made skid mounts on the bottom of my table. Mount the helis, slide the table in.

Get a good bed cover! I went with the roll back type that is some synthetic vinyl type material. Very nice and never leaked.

Packing for IRCHA was easier because you pack all of your soft items around the helis and they don't move!

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01-22-2013 04:11 AM  4 years agoPost 10
RyanW

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01-22-2013 04:21 AM  4 years agoPost 11
BobOD

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01-22-2013 05:17 AM  4 years agoPost 12
Mike Fortin

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LOL

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01-22-2013 05:24 AM  4 years agoPost 13
Tyler

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A spring loaded curtain rod across the back of the bed is a great way to anchor helicopter landing gear.

Make a surface that is flat for the helis to sit on. Cover it with carpet to reduce sliding around.

Stick velcro on the spring loaded rod to create an anchor start/stop point.

Tip heli on nose to feed front of skids under the rod and set helis onto carpeted surface.

Attach velcro straps to the spring loaded rod, wrap around the landing strut, and return to the starting point. Repeat for second strut.

Two tugs on the velcro and the helicopter is free. Tilt forward onto the nose. Pull skids under the rod. Good to go.

Using this method, I carry 6 helis at a time in my trailer found here...

https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/...2/?p=5968044#RR

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01-22-2013 09:31 AM  4 years agoPost 14
heli-cuzz

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Nice truck, Bob.

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01-22-2013 05:07 PM  4 years agoPost 15
Mike Fortin

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Love to see more pics.

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01-22-2013 05:18 PM  4 years agoPost 16
cdrking

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Up here in the rain soaked Pacific NW one must have a cover. I have a canopy on my Ford Ranger and then I put in a plywood shelf. I have a anti slip/skid mat that's used under household rugs. I lay the mat on the plywood and set the helis on top. Even with my short 20 minute drive to the field I have to basically peel the heli's skids off of the mat. They don't move at all even with long bumpy rides. Actually the longer the drive the more they stick to the mat.

I have done it this way for 12 years and I have never had a heli mishap. I've had no need to use straps or clips with this method.

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01-22-2013 06:24 PM  4 years agoPost 17
d_wheel

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There is a bed liner available called the Bedrug. Velcro sticks to this stuff great and when you take your helicopters out, it looks great!

You can see them at:

http://www.realtruck.com/bedrug-bed-mat/

I like mine VERY much.

Later;

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01-22-2013 06:43 PM  4 years agoPost 18
daniel9314

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I just sprung for a cargo slide, pricey yes, but no more climbing in and out of the bed ever again. Only regret is not getting one sooner.

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01-22-2013 06:50 PM  4 years agoPost 19
MartyH

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I don't do anything other than sit the helis in the bed. It's less than 15 minutes to either of the flying clubs I belong to.

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01-22-2013 06:59 PM  4 years agoPost 20
bmapope

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TN

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same here, the skids on all of my helis fit into the grooves of by plastic bed liner. it is almost like they were made for it.

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