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    Has anyone shipped floats within the last few years?

    Just trying to guess-ta-mate the price to ship a set of floats , like EDO 200S OR BAUMANN 2100s from the lower 48 up to Alaska.
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    Find someone driving up, it will be less, or fly down and install, fly home
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    Alex, I started a thread about shipping to Ak a couple weeks ago. Check it out.

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    If you can’t piggyback it off of someone driving, freight forwarders can save you a bundle too. That saved one of my customers quite a bit of shipping costs recently, but it takes a bit more handholding on your part to make sure everything lines up properly.

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    Buy a used pick up truck, drive yourself, then sell the truck.
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    Just before Covid, I had a set of amphibs to go from San Francisco area to northern BC. After all the quotes came in, owner bought a good sized car trailer, we loaded them up and he drove down and towed them home. Including the trailer it was a little cheaper then getting them ready and shipping plus he planned to sell the trailer when he got home. He had a number of people interested in pulling the trailer up but made it a vacation, some people actually want to go to San Francisco ( I guess).

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    If it was not for the Chi-Com bio-weapon plague, I would just use my Ford one-ton diesel and haul a trailer back along with anything else I could load-up.
    Although as a returning Alaskan, the Canadians will supposedly let me drive back home...Maybe
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    Alex, where are the floats coming from?

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    Sent you a PM.
    Float and Tailwheel CFI,
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    While we are on the subject: is anyone heading East from Seattle towards Wisconsin this Winter with room for a set of unassembled EDO2000s? Please let me know.
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    They do 80mph on the roof rack of a Suburban just fine.

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    I had an old boat trailer that had wooden runners on top that I used to transport my floats and fly the plane from when I had straight floats. Cheap set up. It went with the 1500 Baumanns but I transported my amphibs on it from Chicago. You can buy old boat trailers cheap.
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    U Haul rents car trailers.....drive there, rent a trailer, haul the floats home, drop the trailer at local U Haul.

    MTV
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    Any flatbed will work. I sold, removed and shipped (last year) the 2100As to Washington.

    New happy owner!
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    Helped sell a set of EDO’s couple
    Gets back.. new owner rented a U-Haul car trailer.. removed the spreaders and “narrowed” them
    With some 2X4’s...

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    A few more details, I can recall, from my experience:

    1) Remove and replace with temporary spreaders:
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    2) Back in the flatbed truck or trailer into hangar:
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    edo 2000’s fit on top of my big Tex 20ft trailer. I have *heard* that edo anfibs won’t fit like that. And you find out when your a few hundred miles away from home. If you offset them to clear the rails on the trailer they are really wide. About an inch narrower than toll booths.
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    EDO 2000's fit fine on top of a Suburban if you pull the spreader and flip them upside down. Rigging will all fit inside easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtailjohn View Post
    EDO 2000's fit fine on top of a Suburban if you pull the spreader and flip them upside down. Rigging will all fit inside easy.
    John
    I used some muffler type clamps to attach 2- 2x6x8s to my factory cross rack then screwed 2-2x6x12 on the ends perpendicular to them, screwed a 2x2 on them by the edge to arrest any sideways drift. Couple ratchet straps and go. I was afraid to go over 50mph at first but after awhile we were going 80.

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    Yep... along with my J3 to Ireland..
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    Alex,
    did this way in March, during Covid, enjoyed the social distancing and the drive.
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    I use the shorten 2x4 spreader bars for transport. 65” wide and fits most car trailers (17’ long). Chock the wheels and strap them down you hardly know they are there. You start out slow to take care of them but after pounding the pavement for a while you find yourself going 80 like Glenn says. Once the struts are fitted on the yellow ones and painted, the white ones will be going somewhere.
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    Around 1990 I strapped a set of Edo 2000's ontop of a F150 pickup on rack. Upside down and left Maine for Willow, Alaska. We left on a Saturday at noon. Two of us took turns driving 3 hr shifts and avg 12 hrs per day except for two nites we were 14/15 hrs those days. We arrived in Willow the following Saturday at noon. 4950 miles later. The F150 had a 300 / 6 cly in it and from memory it's top speed was certainly less than 80 mph! I remember some big headwinds were 60 mph was a big struggle! I was shocked when the customs guy looked up at the floats at border and says " didn't I check you in couple years ago in a red Cub",
    I said yes you did officer sir! He has quite a memory!

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    I had a set of Mead Amphibs shipped from Florida to The UP of Michigan in 2019....crate came of the truck with the top gone, sides flapping in the breeze...had to drag it out of the truck in pieces....luckily they are carbon fiber/Kevlar and only received a few scratches. Shipping cost $1,200 as I recall. It wasn’t worth tapping the shipping insurance. They needed paint anyway. I was still pretty upset though.

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