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    Fuselage shipping cross country

    I’m considering a project purchase, not a cub, single place rotorcraft, located in Michigan, shipped to California.
    20’ long x 7’ tall, includes several smaller components, I’ll load, pack and secure.
    Would need shipped via enclosed crate/trailer/box van..
    Any thoughts or advise on:
    options?
    cost?
    services avail?

    thanks
    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver View Post
    I’m considering a project purchase, not a cub, single place rotorcraft, located in Michigan, shipped to California.
    20’ long x 7’ tall, includes several smaller components, I’ll load, pack and secure.
    Would need shipped via enclosed crate/trailer/box van..
    Any thoughts or advise on:
    options?
    cost?
    services avail?

    thanks
    Doug

    Snowmobile trailer worked for me.. I'd bet a one way flight and Uhaul or budget box truck if you have access to a forklift or help might be cheapest..

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    20' container chained to a flatbed trailer?

    Haul would be my first try, if you have enough head room.

    Might find an old Isuzu box truck cheap there in California, get a friend to register it out of state, haul the load then sell the truck
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    We just had a Stearman wing shipped - Minnesota to Calif. after much hemming and hawing with shipping companies, and bids as high as ten grand, we got Fed Ex to do it for pennies over four grand. Had it been a fuselage, I would have gone and grabbed it with a pickup, but was worried about a bare wood wing and possible Colorado hailstorms. I think it would have cost a couple grand with a pickup, not counting my wage.

    I moved an entire J3 on a 1959 Chevy 8’ bed pickup, coast to coast. Easy.
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    When I had my Javron kit shipped form Minnesota to CA a few years ago, I worked with Joel Timblin on Jay's suggestion. He's restored cubs - so he knows what he's shipping. I can't remember the cost (might be a repressed memory!)

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    Given winter and the fact that some states salt the roads I would highly recommend an enclosed trailer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Rusk View Post
    Given winter and the fact that some states salt the roads I would highly recommend an enclosed trailer.


    Bill
    Yes, this…

    Stewart Transportation bought out Tony Partain Trucking several years ago—haven’t worked with them yet, but I knew several folks who worked with Tony Partain on Cub wings and fuselages.

    We’ve also had good luck shipping floats with a company called Logix. The shippers can be a bit regional so your mileage may vary.

    —Amy
    Proud owner of a collection of airplane pieces (sometimes in one big piece) known as the Oklahoma Kid.

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    Joel will be shipping my Javron kit in the upcoming weeks from Minnesota to California as well. He was recommended by Jay to me, and after shopping around his price did not seem unreasonable. Luckily he found a load for the return trip, which reduced my costs a little bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam D View Post
    When I had my Javron kit shipped form Minnesota to CA a few years ago, I worked with Joel Timblin on Jay's suggestion. He's restored cubs - so he knows what he's shipping. I can't remember the cost (might be a repressed memory!)

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    Thanks all for the suggestions,
    I’ll see where things go with potential purchase.
    maybe by mid January I’ll have people clamoring to volunteer for this mission.
    Expenses paid opportunity to wallow in the sun sand and surf in southern ca

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    We adapt and overcome. Have gotten my in-laws to transport many wrecks and most recently a set of floats to the east coast. U Haul one way saved some money in gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam D View Post
    When I had my Javron kit shipped form Minnesota to CA a few years ago, I worked with Joel Timblin on Jay's suggestion. He's restored cubs - so he knows what he's shipping. I can't remember the cost (might be a repressed memory!)
    I can also recommend Joel. He hails from WI, so is close to MI. I had him transport a project for me a couple of years ago. Reasonable price and a pleasure to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WWhunter View Post
    I can also recommend Joel. He hails from WI, so is close to MI. I had him transport a project for me a couple of years ago. Reasonable price and a pleasure to work with.
    Do you have contact info for Joel?
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    I too highly recommend Joel. He has built several airplanes and transported probably hundreds. He knows how to do it without damaging stuff. Enclosed trailer.

    Joel Timblin 21 eight- three 93- five 2 six four

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver View Post
    Do you have contact info for Joel?
    thanks
    Bill beat me to it!! That's the number I have also. It's a MN number, for some reason I thought he was in WI.
    Last edited by WWhunter; 12-07-2022 at 12:59 PM. Reason: wrong info
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    I was able to contact Joel this afternoon. As mentioned, he is familiar with aircraft, holds an A&P certificate and has hauled helicopters cross country!
    A Great resource.
    Thanks for the info.
    Doug
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