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Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:39 pm
by Ewalk02
Guys, I'm looking to get a trailer for my Highlander but I'd like to build it myself. Does anyone know where I can find plans or a kit for an enclosed trailer large enough for the Highlander? If not, does anyone want to sell a trailer?

Brian

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:50 pm
by marl59
Brian,
I bought a boat trailer from a guy that upgraded to a heavier duty trailer for his fishing boat. I took the boat running gear off and built a pressure treated deck on the trailer and skinned the deck with diamond aluminum plate. I bought a 3500 lb remote operated ATV winch. The deck size is 8' wide x 16' long. My taildragger Highlander fits on it very well. The whole project cost me about $2,500. The boat trailer has tandem wheels and disc surge brakes. Its not covered though. If I would have wanted that I would have made the deck 8'-6" wide to have a little more room to get it in without scuffing things up. Don't have any pics but I'll work on it.

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:11 am
by Tralika
There's a video on youtube called "Trailering a Highlander Airplane" posted by Frank Caruso. The video was posted in 2009. There is a member of this forum who identifies himself as ftcaruso. If you look at his profile he has a link to a web page about his airplane, etc.

http://www.haveplanewilltravel.info/Main.htm.

His profile page indicates his last submission on the forum was in April 2015. He lists his email on his forum profile page. You might try contacting him.

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:04 pm
by AV8R Paul
Here are some photos of a homage trailer.

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:41 pm
by Ewalk02
Thats a sweet trailer but I really would like to build an enclosed trailer so that it can be a hanger as well.

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:30 pm
by moving2time
I believe there was someone advertising highlander trailers on the forum. The admin might be able to find his posts. He seems to be very good at that. Joe B

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:58 pm
by Av8r3400
Aerotrek markets a trailer for their planes that is large enough and in the long run cheaper to buy than build.

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:02 pm
by donRNO
If you end up with an enclosed trailer, be sure to take into account that the wing's leading edges are subject to rubbing on the trailer walls. There's not a lot of clearance, and tiedowns usually allow movement. If you'd like I could send a pic of such damage.
Don in Reno

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:17 pm
by kenryan
Is tail first (like in the picture) really the best way to tow the airplane?

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:07 am
by alan
If you tow it nose first the open wing roots and turtle deck areas scoop air into the structure causing covering detachment. Tail first is much better. Put some kind of cover over your instrument panel.

Alan

Re: Trailer Plans / Kits

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:37 pm
by AV8R Paul
Here is an Enclosed Trailer that looks nice. There is a man that travels the US with his plane and he said he uses a trailer like this. I personally like the Tent addition he has so when you park on a long trip you have a nice place to camp.