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Old Apr 28, 2012, 07:08 AM
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Do any of you carry your gliders in a roof box?

I like to drive my Honda Fit instead of my Ford Escape because of the fuel economy. The Supra I plan on building will be a tight fit in the back of the Honda. So if I buy a roof box it would be great for preventing car rash but will it be too hot for the glider? I live in Mass.

Thanks, Tom

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Old Apr 28, 2012, 07:50 AM
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I do it all the time. Even though the pods are black, it doesn't seem to bet hotter than the inside of a car.
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Old Apr 28, 2012, 12:54 PM
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I just wouldn't leave them in there all day in the hot sun.
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 08:05 AM
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I used to do that. Worked great. Good luck.
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 08:13 PM
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Sprayed mine with silver spray paint for plastic and then some white. Probably should have waited for longer between the silver and the white. I think it helps quite a bit. Even if the pod is white to start with, if it's translucent it's probably worth painting.
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 10:32 PM
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Tom,
Are you driving alone in the Fit? I always thought if I had one, I could fit my gliders in the passenger seat with it reclined all the way. I do that now in my Acura TL. Slide the front seat forward a bit and recline the back until it just touches the back seat. I can put 3 gliders inside snowboard bags like that.

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Old Apr 29, 2012, 11:16 PM
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The Supra I plan on building will be a tight fit in the back of the Honda. http://specs.rwsoutdoor.com/CACHE/FR...500&height=500
This should be easy in a Fit, I can transport a Supra in my Miata (and I don't even use the back seat)
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 10:50 AM
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My Thule can hold many gliders. A few years ago a friend had his box rip off the top of his car and his 5m scratch built wings got ran over by a truck.
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Old May 01, 2012, 05:14 AM
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Mike,your correct about enough space with the front seat. I bought my son in-law a Parkzone Radian to get him interested in the hobby so we fly together. The Radian and my electric bagged Agea fit ok but a Supra is out of the question with the two of us. The roof box will be a silver one.

Thank you gentlemen,
Tom
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Old May 01, 2012, 04:36 PM
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I would never make my gliders ride on the car roof in a box; the cruelty!

I have, however, eaten glider in the past.
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Old May 01, 2012, 05:23 PM
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Oh no he didn't!!!!

Oh yes he did!!!!!

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Old May 04, 2012, 03:46 PM
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Just make sure it's not translucent, as seen from the INSIDE. My white one looked absolutely opaque from the outside but got hot inside. Pretty sure it doesn't now that I painted it.
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Mike,your correct about enough space with the front seat. I bought my son in-law a Parkzone Radian to get him interested in the hobby so we fly together. The Radian and my electric bagged Agea fit ok but a Supra is out of the question with the two of us. The roof box will be a silver one.

Thank you gentlemen,
Tom
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Old May 04, 2012, 07:40 PM
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Lincoln, Thanks for pointing that out. I would have never checked.

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Old May 04, 2012, 10:45 PM
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I used a top mounted transport painted white on the top with my Honda Civic. I drove it about 2000 miles and got only about 32 mpg instead of my usual 40 mph. With the back seat down I can fit in several gliders, a winch, a retriever, tool box, ice box, a tent and a gym bag with clothes. No problems. Rick HFR
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Old May 05, 2012, 09:11 AM
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In my case, putting the plane in the rear of my wagon is not an option while tranporting two passengers and an 80lb dog with food and stuff you need for a weekend away. And yes, everything does fit nicely in the back when driving alone.
Your gas mileage decrease is interesting. I have a 3 series BMW wagon that normally gets 29 mph during extended drives at 72 mph on freeways. With the cargo box, gas mileage drops to 27mpg.

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