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Old 11-07-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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Question Parallel Parking into an Aircraft Hangar

I sold my airplane to be able to buy a motorhome (frying pan to the fire?). I have my sights set on an 2006 Allegro Bus 40QDP which the specs say is 40' 4" long. My T hangar is 39' deep, so that won't work. The front portion of the hangar is 45' wide by 21' deep with a 44' wide by 14' high bi-fold door.

Can someone with related experience (and possibly the required engineering degree ) confirm that the MH can be parallel parked into front portion of the hangar?

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Old 11-07-2014, 04:50 PM   #2
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Wow, nothing like cutting it tight. I think you can do it, the turning radius of your front wheels has like a 60 deg cut angle, but it will take some practice. With 21ft in depth, you will actually want to leave it at a bit of an angle.

You will also need someone to help you, no way can you do it with just the cameras. I have been in some crazy tight places, but always had a person on each rear corner to guide me.

Good luck!
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:54 PM   #3
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Only my opinion, but that would be a very low angle ILS approach...in reverse! It would all depend on how much cut the steering will allow. Our Discovery turns pretty good with a 60 degree wheel cut. The only way to know (without a mathematic engineer) is to give it a try during the test drive or with pilons in a open area.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:03 PM   #4
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44' long by 21' deep? I'll say yes, but it will likely take some back and forth getting the front end in since I'll have 4' to work with, but I'd guess no more than a couple of wiggles will do it.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:13 PM   #5
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Not something I'd care to attempt but as others have said, likely an be done.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:30 PM   #6
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Great news! Y'all have helped confirm my initial thoughts that it CAN be done. Slow, Spotters, Slow, Shallow, Slow, Jockey, Slow, Jockey some more. Worth it? Absolutely! Certainly can't leave the MH outside!!

Thanks for the great responses.

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Old 11-07-2014, 05:35 PM   #7
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go real fast turn it side ways hit the brakes and slide in
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:09 PM   #8
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I would say yes. First time will take some patience, care and thought but it can be done. With a bit of practice IMO you will be able to do it in two or three passes.

The object is to get the back end in far enough so when you warp the front end over so it is parallel the back end is where you want it.

With the hanger being 21' wide you can leave it katty corner.

If in doubt you could do it to scale to see if it will fit.

Once you have mastered parking the MH in the hanger you will be able to park in almost any campsite there is.
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Maybe one day our MH's will come with self parking option!
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When you are able to finally do it with a single move, send us the video...you will be our hero

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I would seriously look at putting a short extension on a section of the hang to accommodate the front or back end of the coach. Shouldn't be too expensive and would eliminate all of the seesawing aggravation.
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Draw a scale model and see if it fits cross wise as you have a fair amount of room across.

Another option...casters...

On extreme rv they have some casters that move them sideways under power.

Depending on budget and gumption you could build a movable platform that is on casters that just rolls in after you drive on it.

Or trade hanger with someone else.

Get shorter unit.
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With the " T " hangar, isn't the back end ( where the aircraft tail goes ) about 14' wide ? If you back the coach in at a slight angle length may just be inside door ?
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Let me throw a comparison at you. I have a storage building I rent out for RV's.
52' deep, 16' door 40' wide. One tenant has a 43' coach which is just under 44'. In order to get the rest of my tenants in the coach needs to be close to the wall. With the help of a spotter, patience a some back an forth it goes in. Just take your time. Good luck
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