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Hangar Flying => Hangar Flying => Topic started by: alleycat on September 03, 2009, 06:11:07 AM

Title: VE long distance trailering
Post by: alleycat on September 03, 2009, 06:11:07 AM
Greetings, I will be trailering a VE 1800 miles, and would welcome suggestions as to the best way to "package" the project. Nose gear up or down?   I assume the engine towards the front of trailer to increase tongue weight.  Thanks
Title: Re: VE long distance trailering
Post by: miketdrew on September 03, 2009, 11:18:48 AM
I used a enclosed 16' trailer for the first couple of years I had my VariEze.  Made dozens  of trips to back and forth to the  airport. On my web site  http://michaeltdrew.com/photo.html are some photos of how I set up the trailer.  My solution was nose retracted for better clearance between the strakes and wings. 

Mike Drew
LyCon 235
460 Hrs.
Title: Re: VE long distance trailering
Post by: Bill James on September 06, 2009, 02:46:08 PM
I was hoping to hear some "don'ts" related to your question. I will offer a couple.
While not related to trailering, some have reported the softer VariEze foam crushing where most of us rest the plane on our thigh while cranking the nose wheel up or down, at the bottom fuselage area there under the instrument panel. I heard of one trailer experience where the fuselage was set on two inch bed foam resulting in belly foam crushing aft of the speedbrake.
As for the lessers of evil, straps to the engine mount and struts, and a 4 or 6 foot board strapped securely atop the attach bulkhead for the canard would provide a good front tiedown anchor point without danger to fuselage foam. Hope you get more good info.