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Old 03-16-2008, 09:07 AM
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This thread is a bit old, but I just picked up a 5x10 trailer and it came with the cheap paper thin walls. How do you guys suggest in beefing this up for airplane use and "every day" use.

Can I scew in some thicker ply into the walls?
Or should I just screw some vertical studs so I do not need to remove all the door hardware.

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I guess it depends on what you're trying to do.

I absolutely did not want anything on the walls...this way nothing can somehow fall upon and squish my planes below. (Check-out post #60) I'd prefer everything (that can move) to be on the floor, or really close to it...but that's just me, I guess.

I built a shelf by using 2x4's screwed into the steel studs behind the lightweight "cheap paper-thin walls" you describe.

If you want more substantial walls to screw things into, then you might use self-tapping screws right through the thin walls into the studs themselves. You might just install a couple of these panels to screw stuff onto, instead of lining the whole trailer with the stuff. Saves weight, saves $$$, saves hassle. Just a thought...I'd mount any plywood you're adding from the floor up...this way, the floor is supporting the weight of the plywood (which is heavy) and the self-tapping screws aren't fighting shear, just some tension.

Good luck with your project!
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Old 03-16-2008, 10:25 AM
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Everyone I've seen is either using a bigass trailer with wall room to put wings, or is flying smaller stuff without big wings to deal with. Anyone flying multiple 40% and 35% planes in a midsize trailer with limited wall space? I need a good solution as to where to put my wings in my trailer.
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Old 03-16-2008, 10:33 AM
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heres a pic of my trailer. i use it for mx bikes and planes.
i do strap alot of things to the walls using the fat strap bungee cords that you can find at walmart.
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Old 03-16-2008, 10:41 AM
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Everyone I've seen is either using a bigass trailer with wall room to put wings, or is flying smaller stuff without big wings to deal with. Anyone flying multiple 40% and 35% planes in a midsize trailer with limited wall space? I need a good solution as to where to put my wings in my trailer.
I use wingbags...
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:44 AM
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If you put them in wingbags you can put them whereever you want. Im currently setting up my 12x6 trailer right now so im glad I got to see how everyone else is doing it. Im planning on just mounting hooks to the walls for my wing bags to hang on to. I need an idea for 120 volts. Inverter or small gen? I cant decide if I want to get a small honda gen ( the little one thats like the size of a suitcase) or a 1200 watt inverter. I like the inverter because its cleaner and quiter but not sure how many batteries I will need to run all day at the field. Im just going to have a small refrigerator for refreshments after flying of course. A 4 foot flouresecent light, a charger or two and my laptop. Any ideas on how much power? or how many batteries?
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:35 PM
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If you put them in wingbags you can put them whereever you want. Im currently setting up my 12x6 trailer right now so im glad I got to see how everyone else is doing it. Im planning on just mounting hooks to the walls for my wing bags to hang on to. I need an idea for 120 volts. Inverter or small gen? I cant decide if I want to get a small honda gen ( the little one thats like the size of a suitcase) or a 1200 watt inverter. I like the inverter because its cleaner and quiter but not sure how many batteries I will need to run all day at the field. Im just going to have a small refrigerator for refreshments after flying of course. A 4 foot flouresecent light, a charger or two and my laptop. Any ideas on how much power? or how many batteries?
here is a PDF file to help calculate the battery and inverter you may need
http://www.majorpower.com/inverters/...sizing_faq.pdf

with what you are saying about a frig and light for say 6 to 8 hours you would probably need a half a trailer full of beep cycle batterys.

about the inverter, a frig, light and chargers would not need a truesine type of inverter, so you could get away with the cheeper type of inverters.

another option would be the inverter batterys and say a 500 watt soler panel you can get from RV dealers but they are pricey.
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:01 PM
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I use wing bags as well... at least for the planes i have them for. I am more interested in a way to get them out of the way. I was originally going to put them on the roof somehow, but I'm now thinking that isn't going to work...

I like your setup kolarshooter but I'm afraid that doing that I won't be able to get two 40%ers and two 30-35%ers in at the same time which is what I'm shooting to be able to do with this trailer.
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:27 PM
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I guess it depends on what you're trying to do.

I absolutely did not want anything on the walls...this way nothing can somehow fall upon and squish my planes below. (Check-out post #60) I'd prefer everything (that can move) to be on the floor, or really close to it...but that's just me, I guess.

I built a shelf by using 2x4's screwed into the steel studs behind the lightweight "cheap paper-thin walls" you describe.

If you want more substantial walls to screw things into, then you might use self-tapping screws right through the thin walls into the studs themselves. You might just install a couple of these panels to screw stuff onto, instead of lining the whole trailer with the stuff. Saves weight, saves $$$, saves hassle. Just a thought...I'd mount any plywood you're adding from the floor up...this way, the floor is supporting the weight of the plywood (which is heavy) and the self-tapping screws aren't fighting shear, just some tension.

Good luck with your project!

Awsome Idea with only installing a few panels. It will save weight, $$$ and time. Never thought of that.
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Good Luck! Don't forget to post some pics when you're done.

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Everyone I've seen is either using a bigass trailer with wall room to put wings, or is flying smaller stuff without big wings to deal with. Anyone flying multiple 40% and 35% planes in a midsize trailer with limited wall space? I need a good solution as to where to put my wings in my trailer.
I have a small trailer too. the wings are sandwiched in a cargo net which is strung across about 6-8 inches from the ceiling. The net is fairly tight, and acts like a shock absorber. Make sure the wings can't flap up & down too much or they will hit the roof or a plane.

(2nd photo shows the angle aluminium that the cargo net is attached to, sorry I don't have any from that angle with the net in, but I hope you get the idea.)
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:16 AM
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It's great having a trailer, a hesitant investment at first but now I can't see myself not having one!
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:01 AM
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Has anyone tried the GearLeg products?, if so, how do they work?

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http://gearlegs.com/index.php
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:53 AM
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Has anyone tried the GearLeg products?, if so, how do they work?

Thanks.

http://gearlegs.com/index.php

They work great - I have three sets of them! I had a lot of trouble keeping my planes from bouncing around in the trailer during the trips. Now I don't have to worry. You can't go wrong with them.

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Old 03-22-2008, 09:48 AM
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Anyone know where to get the black and white panels to make a checkerboard floor? I love that look and went to lowes and home depot with no luck, unless of course I wanted to do it in granite or marble
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:57 AM
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Anyone know where to get the black and white panels to make a checkerboard floor? I love that look and went to lowes and home depot with no luck, unless of course I wanted to do it in granite or marble

Yep www.kiwitile.com they have many colores.

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