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Old 07-17-2019, 09:11 PM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
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I've been buying lighter and lighter stuff over the years. My stuff and most of the airplane stuff is already packed, so here are the weights for all of the airplane stuff, camping stuff, and my personal stuff. I don't (yet) have weights for my friend's stuff, but I've budgeted 25 lbs.


Tool bag and tie-downs: 12 lbs.
Tent, 2 air mattresses, 2 sets of sheets & blankets: 21 lbs.
Folding Chairs (2): 4.5 lbs
Rudder Lock: 2 lbs.
My stuff (clothes, toiletries, recharging gear, kindle, ponchos, hats, etc): 17 lbs.

Total: 56.5 lbs. + Pax personal gear.

The tool bag and tie-downs will go in front of the main spar, and the CG should be good down to slightly under 1 hour of fuel. After that, I'll have the passenger move a light bag to the front floorboards for landing. Fuel? 34 gallons is loaded. That should get us to the Chicago area for a fuel and bio stop.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:52 AM
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My beautiful wife bought me a Claw tiedown set and I picked it up and said, "Heck NO!".

I've been using these Orange Screws ever since. Very light, don't take up much room, and won't pull out.

It is a little late to order them, but if you can find some, grab 'em!
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:53 AM
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Default Tent weight

Originally Posted by Steve Melton View Post
that's my next project. I wanted to upgrade my tent for my wife, it's a solid 35 lbs, may have been a mistake. I need a crane to load it. we will be heavy for takeoff.
Steve, I upgraded my tent a few years ago and have a tent I can stand in that will accomodate 2 adults and air mattreses easily, weighs 18 lbs (and has withstood the recent years Oshkosh storms without problems.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by bkervaski View Post
This is our first year!

Would love to see some pics of ya'lls planes packed for the trip

At this rate Phoenix is going to have to fly commercial just so I can get everything in there
Please don?t do that to Phoenix! Pack light. You would be surprised what you can do without. Also, the higher end stuff is usually lighter and packs more compact. Over the years, I?ve been able to reduce the volume by a third.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:36 AM
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Pack light, are you kidding? You guys must not be bringing your wife/life partner
I ship a 50# box via FEx and fill up the airplane!
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Pack light, are you kidding? You guys must not be bringing your wife/life partner
I ship a 50# box via FEx and fill up the airplane!

Second that!
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:30 AM
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Here's where the SBS taildraggers shine, especially non FI. You can pack a LOT of heavy and/or dense stuff under your knees with some longer things spanning the floor ahead of the fuel control box. Also, there's the floor from the fuel box to the firewall (except the 14, one reason I don't like the -14). I made hard points for lashing down the load. Nothing more than slotted brackets attached by the center two screws retaining the center section covers, and to the screws retaining the center floor cover. This doesn't so much move your CG forward on the shorter moment arm as it keeps the heavies out of the baggage area.

Keep your tie down paraphernalia on top for the first thing out after you park.

There's always room for a few more hankies and loose sand even in the densest loads. Just watch the CG and consider fuel burn.

John Siebold

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Old 07-18-2019, 02:19 PM
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Our huge Coleman tent weighs 14 lbs but its a luxury to stand up and put my pants on! My homemade EAA tiedowns go on the firewall secured behind the passenger brakes. My 6 lb soft tool pouch goes under my calves and I never notice it there. My wife places a small soft cooler with our "Inflight Meal" and snacks behind her calves. The tent and heavy stuff goes as far front as we can get them. The 6pack of bottled beer (it better be good) I'm bringing for the party weighs 7lbs and 5ozs! I just weighed her bag and it was 20 lbs and mine was 10. We are blasting off at first light Friday morning and should arrive early afternoon. The weather looks better for Friday than I've ever seen it for our arrival!
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:37 PM
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:16 PM
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Question Fig

When are you leaving Tulsa, Judie and I will stop there on Sunday?
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