How to hang a Magliner.....

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by chris li, Jul 28, 2003.

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    chris li Guest

    I'm running out of room in my mini van carrying gear & crew. I'm
    getting too old to hoist the magliner handtruck onto the roofrack. I'm
    looking into some kind of hitch mount rig to hold the handtruck just
    off the rear bumper. The hitch-mount bike racks don't quite do the
    job.
    Any suggestions besides go back to my smaller carts?

    those damn HMI ballasts are killing me !

    chris/wash. dc DP
     
    chris li, Jul 28, 2003
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    MitchGross Guest

    Look on the back of beverage delivery trucks. You can weld a metal bar to the
    rear door of your van and then mount a motorcycle strap (like a bungee but
    thick black rubber) to hold the cart in place. Or you could mount another
    piece of metal with a hinge to clamp it in place.

    Mitch
     
    MitchGross, Jul 28, 2003
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    chris li Guest

    The better solution still involves using the hitch mount as a magliner
    weighs around 45lbs and my Grand Caravan hatch door won't open with
    that extra weight. Plus I could still lug my kids' bikes using the
    hitch mount.
    I just gotta find the right rig.
     
    chris li, Jul 28, 2003
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    Nino (Dino ? Gino? ) Gianotti (sp?) posted a design here a few months
    back that was
    outstanding. Unfortunately, I did not keep the link.

    Maybe one of the regulars can re-post his website address, so we can all see
    what new goodies he has invented for us . . .

    Steve
     
    Steve Guidry, Jul 29, 2003
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    Mike Rehmus Guest

    Nice setup but he doesn't have a cage to keep the stuff in the back from
    coming forward in an accident and extruding the passengers through the AC
    vents. I"d be nervous riding in that rig.
     
    Mike Rehmus, Jul 30, 2003
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    chris li Guest

    Producers should ride in their own vehicles !
    Seriously though, all I'm looking for is a hitch-mounted way to carry
    my magliner/liberator cart on the back of my Caravan.

    chris/wash. dc
     
    chris li, Jul 30, 2003
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  7. Actually guys, that's a labor of love, work in progress. Since those
    pictures I've made a zillion of changes in order to maximize space and
    facilitate access. Half of the back seat is gone so only the reporter can
    now travel along. And yes, everything is solidly anchored down. I built it
    that even if the van turns upside down everything will remain in its place.
    The problem is that I keep adding equipment and running out of space. This
    fall I will most likely buy a one-ton 15 passenger van and start over again.

    Nino
     
    Nino Giannotti, Jul 31, 2003
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    chris li Guest

    Nino, you're the man. I really admire your setup and your creativity.
    I could never take it that far. Pls. update your website w/new photos.
    I feel like such a greenhorn asking how to hang a magliner on the
    back of my caravan when you have totally redefined the production van
    as we know it.

    BTW, how should I hang my magliner?


    chris li/wash. dc
     
    chris li, Jul 31, 2003
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    Geoff Dills Guest

    Don't know if this will help Chris, but have you seen those delivery trucks
    that have a slot you can slide the nose of the magline into with some sort
    of locking mechanism? Makes the magliner stand up straight with the wheels
    in back...the trucks I've seen have them mounted on the front, but I would
    think an ingenious welder could probably come up with something like that
    for a trailer hitch as you thought might work...or weld it the the frame of
    your van and the magliner would be last on, first off

    Best,.
    Geoff
     
    Geoff Dills, Jul 31, 2003
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