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08-09-2012 04:09 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Scott1115

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How do you folks secure your helicopters for a long trip so they do not slide around or tip over? I know KJS makes heli mounts, but at $13.00 for two, that would be $78.00 for the helicopters. I know the argument that several thousand dollars worth of helicopters is worth $78.00, but I am looking for alternatives before buying these.

Will be in back of SUV.

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08-09-2012 04:51 AM  5 years agoPost 2
honda411

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I made a box like thing out of wood (thin wood) and made some cross braces to place skids on. Then used metal strips(like scrap metal strips from home depot) and drilled holes in those and wood cross braces. The metal strips go perpendicular to the skids and straps over them with wing nuts. Hope this helps

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08-09-2012 04:57 AM  5 years agoPost 3
RyanW

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I have the KSJ mounts and have had SUVs for years hauling helicopters. I only used the KSJ mounts one time. I don't care for them.

If they are on the floor with the rest of your items, pack your other r/c gear so it keep the helis from tipping over or hitting each other. If you only have the helis back there with no equipment to pack around them, then you can use velcro over the landing gear and attached to the carpet. This isn't the best, but it will do in a pinch.

Personally, I have always built a heli hauler for my SUVs. It is a box that has room for transmitter and tool cases below (and sometimes a subwoofer) and the helis go on top. In that instance I use a solid hardwood block that has channels cut out of each side. I position them so you have to slightly squeeze the landing gear together, pop it in between the blocks and it is super secure! It doesn't make the gear sag and I have used it on many 12hr+ trips!

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08-09-2012 05:19 AM  5 years agoPost 4
marc8090

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Don't know if they are KSJ or not, but I use those type clips every time I go fly. I think they work great. Have driven to IRCHA and you don't have to think twice about the helis.

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08-09-2012 06:07 AM  5 years agoPost 5
MANCHA

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I drive long distances to fun flys and mexico nationals, since I live in Baja and my SUV has to take the ferry boat to Mazatlan.
What i do is:

.- I measured and cut a plank of wood 1/2 or 5/8 inches tick by a foot, exactly the wide of back part of the SUV, in my case a Ford expedition then;

.- I present the helis I am traveling with in the way I want them put together on top of the plank, make lines with a pencil where the landing gears are to be placed and then;

.- I drill holes, 8 per heli where I will later secure heli with nylon straps going over the heli skis( two front, two back, this per side )

.- I take a lot of straps and a cutter so at the event I cut straps and then I put everything together again before going back home.

This arrangement is bullet proof.

I hope the language barrier does not kill this idea !!

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08-09-2012 07:44 AM  5 years agoPost 6
jbiter

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I do something similar to Manchas suggestion but instead of zip ties I use bungee cord available at your local hardware store.

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08-09-2012 10:43 AM  5 years agoPost 7
wrongler

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I have laid mine in the trunk of the car (tail rotor up) and wrap them in a thick, soft quilt. No problem at all.

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08-09-2012 12:00 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Scott1115

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Thanks Mancha.

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08-09-2012 01:47 PM  5 years agoPost 9
doorman

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Same Process..
Seems like Wrongler and I are on the same page...

Set the helis in the way you want them in the SUV... then ask your better half if it is OK for you to barrow a few towels... put a towel between each heli and one of the outside of the outer two also... then take a heavy quilt or bed spread and lay over the entire bunch... tucking it down a bit in between each heli...
They will not move, and also a big plus is they will be out of site...
Good Luck and have a safe trip... Stan

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08-09-2012 02:23 PM  5 years agoPost 10
rcnut

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Bob made a 2 part shelf in his van, due to the opening is much smaller than the shelf. Then I cut a board the same width as the shelf. Mounted it with 3" bolts & wing nuts on 1/2" stand offs.

The back of the landing gear slides under the board. Then I cut strips long enough for two helis across the front landing gear. I also used some self adhesive weather stripping on the strips for the front of the landing gear. It prevents the helis from moving around.

The 450's are placed in-between the bigger helis (by the boom) and strapped down with one long board...and foam weather stripping.

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08-09-2012 02:41 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Mike Fortin

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I just made a shelf for the back of my Xterra, using some MDF board as well as some scrap wood for legs and a 2 packs of plastic U-Clips to slide the skids in.

It's very sturdy and pretty light and will have 5 Whiplash models on it.

Lifting them up off the floor gives you lots of extra room for all of your other essentials.

The entire project cost about $20 bucks.

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08-09-2012 05:23 PM  5 years agoPost 12
kris L

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Well, Here's what I did with some scrap wood for my trip to IRCHA. transporting 5 helis - Kris

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08-09-2012 05:37 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Scott1115

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Nice woodworking Kris

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08-09-2012 05:44 PM  5 years agoPost 14
rilopez825

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I got a hold of aluminum sign board. Cut it up to shape and drilled holes for zip ties the smaller heli's get Velcro. Then put speaker carpet $15 for the role and covered it. I do not remove it anymore from the Jeep. The board fits just underneath the back window, so when I close the gate it locks it all in so it doesn't bounce.

Richard

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08-09-2012 05:51 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Mark Dean

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I used peg board, D rings, and bungies to make my hauler. This setup fits in the Jeep JK very well.

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08-09-2012 05:54 PM  5 years agoPost 16
MANCHA

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Richard
........ what about the chiken ????

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08-09-2012 06:04 PM  5 years agoPost 17
rilopez825

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Thank you for the concern for the rubber chicken.
He goes in the back seat with the seat belt on. He has managed to make it to every fun fly Thanks to my buddy Esmoglo.

Richard

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08-09-2012 06:22 PM  5 years agoPost 18
MANCHA

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hahahahaha !!!!

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08-09-2012 06:37 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Mike Fortin

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Here's mine in an Xterra.

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08-09-2012 06:56 PM  5 years agoPost 20
RyanW

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Here is the one I am building for the new SUV...

-Ryan
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