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164. Trailer Day

06/05/2015

Yesterday and today we spent getting the trailer fitted out. The wings racks have to be fitted to the side doors, the tail support and chocks fitted to the floor. The chocks are the most important load-carrying bit and’ we’re proud of those. They are permanently braced against the break in the floor structure in front, and the rear door at the back. Closing the rear door just presses the chocks against the tyre, providing a little gentle compression. Then tie-down straps to between the axle and U-bolts in the floor hold the fuselage down and stop it vibrating sideways.

Wings on racks on side doors. It's easy to lift them off for fitting to the aircraft.

Wings on racks on side doors. It’s easy to lift them off for fitting to the aircraft.

The side doors fold up

The side doors fold up

Then the other side. Now you see it...

Then the other side. Now you see it…

... now you don't. The back door lifts up.

… now you don’t. The back door lifts up.

And this is the closed-up trailer. It's a snug fit under the hangar!

And this is the closed-up trailer. It’s a snug fit under the hangar!

There are a good many other things to go in – step ladders, trestles, tools, etc., but we are confident they’ll fit in okay.

The first operational test was to check that it fitted inside the hangar door, and it does with at least 50mm to spare!

Second operational test was to see if my car could tow it, using the drive at Milson as the ultimate test of horsepower. It passed with flying colours.

Third operational test was to see if the aircraft all fitted in as planned, and – as you can see – it did.

 

There are still some details to sort out; the steel section from which the trailer is made is perforated, and we’ve got to seal the floor, but we think maybe DPC will do the trick.

And we’ve got to check it on a weighbridge to make sure it’s legal behind my car.

And we don’t know how such a slab-sided beast will handle.

But for now, we’re pretty comfortable with what we’ve achieved.

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