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    Float Plane Picker

    We are thinking of building(welding) a float plane picker/trailer to move our C170 and C180 from hangar to water and back in Tower, MN. I was thinking of 12V hydraulic for lift and manual spread rails for under the spreader bars. We have a front receiver hitch on a truck for moving the planes around. Any sketches, drawings and/or suggestions are welcome. Thanks.

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    buy a cheap pontoon boat bunk trailer for each one.

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    Good Idea Glenn. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyC View Post
    We are thinking of building(welding) a float plane picker/trailer to move our C170 and C180 from hangar to water and back in Tower, MN. I was thinking of 12V hydraulic for lift and manual spread rails for under the spreader bars. We have a front receiver hitch on a truck for moving the planes around. Any sketches, drawings and/or suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
    Doesn’t BVD have a fork lift with long forks for that at Tower?


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    dgapilot, not sure. We just moved there last Fall.

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    Marty, you just doing seasonal launches or you in and out every time you fly?

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    Glenn, hopefully we will be in and out several times over the season. I looked at some pontoon trailers, a little pricey plus would need to modify a little. M1 sent me a set of plans and I think we can fabricate a picker for our needs at a reasonable cost. Plus it will be a fun build.

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    Rentable pontoon trailers are a dime a dozen.

    I have never hauled the Cub on floats, but the floats themselves many times. 2x4 platform and ratchet straps. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyC View Post
    dgapilot, not sure. We just moved there last Fall.
    Been several years since I talked to him, but Bud VanDuesen used to have a shop at Tower airport and had a fork lift set up for picking up float planes. Not sure if he is still there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dgapilot View Post
    Been several years since I talked to him, but Bud VanDuesen used to have a shop at Tower airport and had a fork lift set up for picking up float planes. Not sure if he is still there.


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