Loc: Tennessee, USA
So when I bought my plane, there was a complete set of sun shades, a rudder gust lock, and a box of miscellaneous things like oil, simple tools, window cleaner, etc. in the baggage compartment. Now that I'm starting to fly more, I've added a tow bar, a blanket, and a couple of other odds & ends. Is there something out there that any of you are using to help keep things organized back there? I would like to find a bag that I can put the oil and so forth in if possible. My 'M' model has the extended compartment, but not everyone has this I know. Let's hear what you guys/gals are doing!
It has three compartments, and you can use one, two, or all three of them depending on how you unfold/unsnap it. I also have the extended area, but I put this in the main cargo section on the side away from the baggage door. I don't put greasy things in there, but I do keep paper towels, chocks, my emergency kit, unopened quarts of oil, and a few other goodies in there. I have a tupperware-type locking plastic container for the "dirty items" (partially used oil quart, rag, Plexis for cleaning windows, fuel stick, funnel for pouring oil, in its own bag) and this sits in front of the folding organizer.
Everything back there is under a cargo net that's secured to the cargo area. I heard too many stories on this site about items "wandering" during turbulence so I keep everything under the net. Jackets and my empty headset bag go in the extended compartment area.
Loc: Tennessee, USA
Oh wow, that IS nice! So this is like a bolt on mod? I saw on the other thread (which I didn't know was going) that this is around $75. If so, I may have to spring for this!! I do wish that I could see a pic of it with things like oil, tools, or other misc. things in it. I read the article about this and it says that Denton created it to store just those types of materials...which is exactly what I want to store.
Organization? When we leave for a long trip, we just throw stuff in the best way we can. The wife is the loadmaster, and she does a masterful job. Our daughter's wedding in KC in 2006 was one of our most challenging loads (formals and tuxes, wedding gifts, and the family dog to name just a few). More recently, our camping loads for Oshkosh have presented significant challenges as well.
CP-ASEL-IA '77 C172N, AirPlains 180 hp conversion
Our sigmap has been flown entirely using aircraft with capabilities at or below those of the C-172.
I find a sturdy box is a far more cost effective organizer then anything in the rear.
The Door Organizer, however, looks to be worth it.
All because I work(ed) with aircraft, and 172 in particular, does not make me an expert. Well, actually, I am, an Ex-Spert. :P On occasions I may be right, perhaps, but verify the Bull I spew. Cheers!
It looks like the folks that made my organizer put the vinyl on the wrong side of the plastic backing. When I flipped it over to take pictures of it I realized that it doesn't match my baggage door at all. I'm sending it back but hopefully Bob can get this straightened out because it looked like a very col thing to have.
I have to ditto the Sporty's organizer. It only costs $22 and I like that I only have to use the number of compartments I need at the time while folding the empy compartments out of the way. So far, it's worked well.
I have a little bit of heartburn over putting something like that on the baggage door. The hinges and latch are meant to hold a door that weighs less than 5 lbs. You could easily triple that weight with that storage device. I think it would be OK with the door shut, but if it pops open in flight and starts fluttering it might get ugly.
1947 North American Navion N8747H. It isn't the fastest, doesn't have the biggest payload, burns gas almost as fast as I can pour it in the tank and requires lots of TLC, but it's cool as hell and that's why we play the game.
Loc: Just east of Graceland
I use a battery box from Wally-World in both of my airplanes. Neat, easily removed, and if anything gets spilled/dripped it stays in the plastic box. Inexpensive, too. There is room for a couple quarts of oil, a roll of paper rags, my GATS jar and even a small first aid kit. The fuel hawk fits also, but is usually found at the bottom.
Loc: Ft McMurray Alberta Canada
I have a small Rubbermaid box in the cargo area for plane gear IE, oil, paper towels,window cleaner etc My first aide kit is under the right hand seat held in place with bungee cords My survival kit is in the cargo area in what I would describe as a small duffel or sport type bag
Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man Landing is 1st
I FINALLY received and installed my Denton Baggage Door Organizer. The folks at Air Tex were really nice and at my request sent Bob Denton the same material that was used on the interior of my plane so the new organizer matched the rest of the interior exactly. After an initial mixup, I received the new organizer and installed it today. The install was pretty easy and looks fantastic.
I took off the original plastic cover. There's probably a creative way to install it over the plastic, but since the plastic sits a bit apart from the frame, some type of solution would be needed to prevent the plastic from buckling.
Luckily, Air Tex had painted the baggage door so no additional paint was needed.