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Old 09-12-2021, 11:27 AM
Phil Sprang Phil Sprang is offline
 
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Default Basement Exit Strategy

It’s about to get real. My RV-14 kit has been ordered and I just finished my hangar renovation project so my attention has turned to getting my space ready to build, at home.

I’m seriously looking at my unfinished walkout basement as my build space. I have a 43’ x 16’ area and an adjoining 20’ x 20’ area available with 10’ ceilings. That should be more than adequate.

The main question I have is my “exit strategy”. The only way out is a 6’ wide French door, in a brick wall.

Can an RV-14, on it’s landing gear, fit though a 72” opening if I put the gear on castering dollies?
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Old 09-12-2021, 11:40 AM
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I got an RV-10 and RV-8 fuselage out of the basement via the same size door - but the gear cannot be on the plane.

I built two legs with wheels that bolt onto the fuselage spar ends. The legs are 2x2 steel angle. The lower height but still movable came in handy during construction.

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Old 09-12-2021, 02:59 PM
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Default The classic extraction

They come out through pretty small holes. Just take off the gear

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Old 09-12-2021, 03:28 PM
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I think if you put it on dollies you would be close to making it but not quite!
If it is wood frame basement wall you can always make the hole bigger and then fix it. Not the easiest but would work. Maybe just removing the doors, trim, and frame would work. You can pick up another 3-5" and tha may make the difference.

I know you didnt ask but I thought it would be cool to have my plane on its gear because it looked like real progress. I was in my garage so getting out wasnt an issue and I rolled it around the driveway and had fun for an hour or so. Then I started working on it and the next day I took it off the gear and back onto the rolling cart I made for it because it was so much easier to work on at a lower level.

It is cool to see your plane on its gear and fun to show it off to all the non believers but sure is easier to work on at a lower level!
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Old 09-12-2021, 04:51 PM
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The wheelbase is ~90 without the wheel pant stand-offs.
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Old 09-12-2021, 07:26 PM
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The wheelbase is ~90” without the wheel pant stand-offs.
I didn’t notice it was a 14. No way without cutting the wall.
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Old 09-12-2021, 07:47 PM
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On dollies, no wheels or axles, might work. Plus you can get a ratcheting strap and reduce the width of the gear legs somewhat.
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Old 09-13-2021, 04:16 AM
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There's always a way...

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Old 09-13-2021, 06:07 AM
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Thank you all for the responses!

Some more to the story, as always.

I have an available 2.5 car, air conditioned garage, adjacent to the basement space. It is currently set up as a wood shop. I could move all the woodworking machines into the basement and build the plane there but Im trying to avoid that. Additionally, the garage floor is not flat. They poured the floor with some flat areas and some steep transitions to sloped for water egress. I wasnt happy with that but such is life. It would make it less than ideal for rolling tables and fixtures.

I think Ill likely build the airframe in the basement then transition to the garage for landing gear/engine/cowling.

Again, thank you for your input.
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:39 AM
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90" is wider than a 6' doorway, but diagonally maybe it could fit. With a few people to lift and rotate the fuselage it might go through.

Gotta stop thinking in two dimensions on some of these problems.
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