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    Power Tow/Tug for Sundowner

    Hi guys, anyone have any experience with using a battery operated power
    tow/tug to move their Sundowner in and out of a hanger?

    Recommendations will be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Steve
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    Power Tow/Tug for Sundowner

    12V self-contained Power Tow. On-board plug-in charger, no engine hassles,
    works fine. http://www.powertow.com/products.html

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    Subject: [BAC-Mail] Power Tow/Tug for Sundowner

    Hi guys, anyone have any experience with using a battery operated power
    tow/tug to move their Sundowner in and out of a hanger?

    Recommendations will be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Steve


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    Power Tow/Tug for Sundowner

    I use an ele three wheel Cushman with a ball hitch on each end. It works
    great. I welded a tow bar years ago to pull the mouse with my truck to
    refueling so I did not have to start the engine and taxi. Jimmie

    At 10:33 PM 11/10/2005 EST, MrLucky353@aol.com wrote:
    Hi guys, anyone have any experience with using a battery operated power
    tow/tug to move their Sundowner in and out of a hanger?
    Recommendations will be appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Steve

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    Power Tow/Tug for Sundowner

    At 05:45 PM 11/11/2005 -0600, Jimmie and Mary Mc wrote:
    >I use an ele three wheel Cushman with a ball hitch on each end. It works
    >great. I welded a tow bar years ago to pull the mouse with my truck to
    >refueling so I did not have to start the engine and taxi.


    Got a picture?

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    Power Tow/Tug for Sundowner

    I'm sure that those using the ride-on powered equipment to move their plane
    are aware of this. I'm just mentioning it for those who are considering
    such uses for their lawn tractor, golf cart, etc.

    You should have the travel limit markings on your nose gear. Beech hasn't
    sold the decals in years, but 1/4" wide red pinstripe tape from an auto
    parts works fine. Ideally, you get the nose gear off the ground. Put one
    stripe in the center of the upper fixed trunnion. Move the gear by hand to
    the left and right limits. Put a left and right stripe on the face of the
    main housing so it aligns with the center stripe just short of the limit.

    If you hit the limit while using a ride-on power unit, if you are lucky the
    steering rod end will break at the threads (the weak link). If you are
    unlucky, the top collar casting will crack, without your knowledge. This
    can lead to the nose gear housing and fork falling free of the upper housing
    on some future liftoff. Depending on circumstances, you won't know about
    that either, for a while. This isn't speculation; it has happened.

    The various powered tow bars are far less risky, as you can usually feel the
    limit when it is hit. You still should not use that as the travel stop, as
    it will bend the rod end over time. I'm not too bashful to mention that I
    one broke a rod end on my Sierra, using a golf cart; zigged when I should
    have zagged. I knew it as soon as I did it, and inspected everything before
    replacing the rod end. Murphy gets us all, at one time or another.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: bac-mail-bounces@beechaeroclub.org
    [mailto:bac-mail-bounces@beechaeroclub.org] On Behalf Of Jimmie and Mary Mc
    Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 6:45 PM
    To: MrLucky353@aol.com; bac-mail@beechaeroclub.org
    Subject: Re: [BAC-Mail] Power Tow/Tug for Sundowner

    I use an ele three wheel Cushman with a ball hitch on each end. It works
    great. I welded a tow bar years ago to pull the mouse with my truck to
    refueling so I did not have to start the engine and taxi. Jimmie

    At 10:33 PM 11/10/2005 EST, MrLucky353@aol.com wrote:
    Hi guys, anyone have any experience with using a battery operated power
    tow/tug to move their Sundowner in and out of a hanger?
    Recommendations will be appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Steve


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