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    Here's an idea for a trailer. https://youtu.be/itj6FHo2tac

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    The problem with an open trailer, other than the fact that you still need an enclosed place to keep it, is that the wind beats on the plane when you're moving it, unless you're going very slow for a short distance.

    My Kolb trailer:


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    Quote Originally Posted by robert l View Post
    Here's an idea for a trailer. https://youtu.be/itj6FHo2tac

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    This is the one I saw.

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    There is plenty of details to consider on a trailer. For example, most long covered trailers are dual axel. So tilting down the end to unload is not as easy and probably need long ramps.
    I never had a wind problem. Got mud from the wheels on a open trailer trip from Alaska.

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    I've been unfolding, flying, folding, and trailering my Weedhopper since 1987. Takes me about 30 minutes to unload, unfold, and be ready for flight. About 40 minutes to fold, load, and secure to the trailer. I haul it on a 5x8 ft flat bed snowmobile trailer. I store it folded up in my garage.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39kDpNi94FI

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    Quote Originally Posted by weedhopr View Post
    I've been unfolding, flying, folding, and trailering my Weedhopper since 1987. Takes me about 30 minutes to unload, unfold, and be ready for flight. About 40 minutes to fold, load, and secure to the trailer. I haul it on a 5x8 ft flat bed snowmobile trailer. I store it folded up in my garage.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39kDpNi94FI
    I applaud your tenacity and amazing patience. I hope you fly more than 70 minutes at a time to make the entire process worthwhile.

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    Why does spending 30 minutes at an airport require tenacity and patience?
    Some folks spend a full week at an airport. (Airventure)

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    Have you looked into a foot launched powered hang glider?
    This is what I fly, and I don't even need a trailer, just a pick-up truck with a ladder rack.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sxOTXc-wi4

    A powered paraglider is even easier to transport, though I can't say anything else about it as I don't have any experience with them, but the do seem to be popular.
    Last edited by RobertKesselring; 10-16-2017 at 07:33 AM.

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    Another viable option in the ultralight category is the Ridge Runner series of small, folding wing aircraft from the Rocky Mountain Wings, LLC group in Idaho headed up by Stace Schrader. These are Kit build aircraft designed for short take off / landing.... Wings can be folded & unfolded in minutes.... very strong/ hearty little sport planes. I just purchased a used Ridge Runner near the West Coast... and trailered it in the folded wing configuration clear from there to WNC on a small 16' utility trailer behind a Chevy trail boss pickup for approx. 2,000 miles at 65 to 70 mph with no problems whatsoever. Very tough little aircraft. I build several ultralights in the 1979 thru 1984 period... an Easy Riser and couple of Mitchell B-10 flying wings. Those were the early days of ultralight aviation pioneering... using every thing from McCoulagh 12.5 HP go cart engines to Honda Oddessy engines, to Zenoah snow mobile engines till finally the KFM folks came out with the 25 HP twin cylinder horizontally opposed engine with electric start & alternator. My Ridge Runner is equipped with the KFM 107er power plant which I grew to love and trust back then... looking forward to some great mountain flying in WNC.

    Eagle Eye

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