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Old 11-22-2010, 07:38 PM   #1
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I know we've been through this a few times in the past, but with the TSA being such a pain lately, maybe it wouldn't hurt to share travel experiences, and tips for getting to your destination with all your RC stuff.

Also, lets hear how you travel. Do you use suitcases? Pelican cases? Any tips on what you do to make it easy to haul your stuff and your clothes? What do you do about all that stuff once your at the destination airport and have to wrangle it on to a cab or shuttle?
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Hopefully EA & hanulec won't mind if I carry this info over from the Snowbirds thread.


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I have never had an issue with my stuff. I do avoid anything that says flammable or hazardous. I also carry my radio and cars on with me (minus any batteries in the car).

If I carry shock oil I put them in a spill proof container. Bass pro shops carries some that are water tight and I write non hazardous and non flammable on the outside. This keeps them from looking at them much. I also make sure all my batteries are discharged too. Less likely to have any issues with them that way.
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I only carry my radio and cars on with me. I check two bags. One all RC stuff and the other RC stuff and clothes. The reason I carry my cars on is that if all your lugage is lost you can borrow batteries, motors, etc to race with. Its really hard to borrow a car or radio at a race though! Plus I know its safe with me!

I only fly southwest so all that stuff is free too!
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These cases are dialed - they weight slightly under 20lb ea and I check them. Most airlines support upto 70lb for some extra cash. These cases + lock-n-lock boxes are all I use for my race stuff...

http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail_...hp?Case=iM2750
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I will say that UPS has become my best friend when attending fly away races.

I typically will box up the heaviest items and ship them ahead to the race hotel or hobby shop. This can usually be done for less than what the airlines charge for over-weight baggage.

For the return trip I just box the stuff up again and then issue call tags for the return journey. The hotel or hobby shop don't have to do anything except be open for the pick up.

If you do ship stuff ahead be sure the items are clearly labeled as to who and what event they are for. You should also contact the receiver in advance so they are ok with holding the boxes until you arrive.
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http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...#ProductDetail

This is what I use and its cheap. Plus it weighs about 5 lbs and I have had mine for about 5-6 years and goes on the plane about 3-4 times a year plus all my local races. Very durable and works awesome.

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For the IIC I packed my cars, charger, power supply, and radio inside the boxes that came with my 3Racing RC hauler bag, using rags and clothes to stuff the empty spaces. Anything that would make my clothes dirty I put in trash bags first. Then I put those boxes in my luggage along with my plastic tools/parts box and filled the rest of the luggage with my clothes. My LiPo batteries I packed in a LiPo sack and carried them on with me. If you check through the TSA rules they do state that they want batteries to be carried on. That way if a fire does happen a member of the crew can get to it quickly and put it out with an extinguisher.
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+1 with Sean. I ship all my rc stuff and its cheaper them me taking it on the plane as Southwest is the only airlines that does not charge for bags and I have never flown with them. If you plan it out with enough time and can ship ground its cheap I think around $20 for a 20x20x18 box that weighs 30 to 40lbs. It makes traveling SO much easier.

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http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...#ProductDetail

This is what I use and its cheap. Plus it weighs about 5 lbs and I have had mine for about 5-6 years and goes on the plane about 3-4 times a year plus all my local races. Very durable and works awesome.
Hanulec's wiki says he's had hinges and latches bust off of these, and I think I saw a thread like this years past where I heard the wheels can break off pretty easily. Do you do anything to reinforce them or keep your stuff from spilling everywhere if they do break in transit?

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Nice, I'm that guy this year with the travel thread. Those Storm cases look hot, but man they're heavy and expensive!

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+1 with Sean. I ship all my rc stuff and its cheaper them me taking it on the plane as Southwest is the only airlines that does not charge for bags and I have never flown with them. If you plan it out with enough time and can ship ground its cheap I think around $20 for a 20x20x18 box that weighs 30 to 40lbs. It makes traveling SO much easier.
I may end up going this route for Snowbirds. I didn't realize so many people shipped their stuff.

I'd like to race the KC boys when I'm back visiting family during XMas. Problem is, I'm off work the week before we're gonna go out, and was hoping to use that time to practice. If I ship my stuff, I'll miss out on a solid week of track time.
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