If you’re thinking about learning how to fly, you may be stuck wondering how to transport a paramotor. When you see how big a paramotor is, you’ll probably think that you’ll need a van or a trailer, right? Well, you’ll be surprised at how easy it really is to transport a paramotor, even in the smallest of cars. Here’s how you do it!
When manufacturers design paramotors, they put a lot of thought into transportation. They know that not every pilot has access to a large vehicle, and that people will need to easily transport their paramotor to and from their launch spot.
You’ll find that the majority of paramotors will have a removable cage, so that you can transport them in very small vehicles. You can also remove the propeller with just a few bolts, this way you can make the paramotor even smaller.
If you take a look at the main picture above, you’ll see that I regularly used an average sized car to transport my paramotor. As mentioned above, I would remove the cage and propeller, and everything would then fit in the boot space. This meant that I didn’t have to lower the seats, and that I could still take the family with me when I went flying.
What about the fuel?
The only problem with transporting a paramotor in your car, is that the fuel can easily leak from it. If you can stand your paramotor upright, great! But if not, you may get fuel leaking from the carburettor, fuel tank cap, or the breather pipes.
I found this out the hard way, and lost 3 litres of fuel through my fuel cap. The fuel slowly dripped through my harness and reserve, before soaking into the car seats. And what made it even worse, is that it happened in my girlfriends car. My ears still hurt now!
I learned to always stand the paramotor upright if possible. If this isn’t possible, then completely draining the fuel system and tank is essential. If this sounds like something you wish to avoid, then try some of the other options below..
Transport a paramotor using a carry rack!
I also bought myself a Thule carry rack that fits onto the tow bar. This is a really great option for those who wish to carry the paramotor outside of the vehicle, but it’s also really handy for times that you need the boot space for other things.
Lots of pilots use this particular rack, it came highly recommended, and that’s why I ended up buying it. When it turned up, I was quite surprised with the quality of the rack. It’s tough, sturdy, and comes in at a decent price. It bolts straight onto your tow-bar in about 2 minutes, and once it’s on it won’t budge!
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Before using the rack, I fitted a sheet of plywood to the top of it. This lets the paramotor sit safer, and prevents it wobbling around. I simply cut the wood to shape, and used the already available holes to bolt it to the rack.
You’ll also want to add a few tie down rings like these that I bought from Amazon > HERE, to ensure your paramotor stays in place on the rack. All of these modifications took me about an hour to do, and will be easy enough for anybody with a drill and a jigsaw. Do this, and you’ll have a great way to transport a paramotor without taking it apart every time you want to fly.
You can transport paramotors in even smaller cars too!
So, what if your car doesn’t have a tow bar? Or, maybe your car is even smaller than this one? Take a look below, and you’ll see that I was even able to fit all of my equipment into my girlfriend’s Ford KA!
Well, when you’ve gotta fly, you’ve gotta fly! I did have to put the back seats down this time, but there was still space on the front seat for any extra items.
So, you can see that even the smallest of cars are big enough to transport a paramotor. But what if you don’t want to put the paramotor inside your car? Maybe you don’t want to risk a fuel spillage, or the chance of two stroke oil dripping from the exhaust pipe onto your cars carpets.
Other ways to transport a paramotor
The best option to transport a paramotor will always be a van. If you have a family like myself, you may be reluctant to buy a van, but you do have options.
The van pictured above and below is a crew cab with seven seats. So I was able to transport a paramotor, and the family, and I still had lots of space left! This worked out great when it came time to attend fly-ins and meet-ups. I was able to transport all of my paramotoring equipment, camping gear, food, and the whole family.
The only problem with the van was that it was terrible when driving off-road. And definitely not ideal when driving through soggy fields during the winter, so I’m now using a Land Rover discovery. My paramotor easily fits into the back with the cage and propeller removed, as you can see below.
One more option available to you is a trailer. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve seen it done lots, and I’m actually tempted to try it. You’ll be able to stand the paramotor in the trailer in one piece, and all you’ll need is some tie downs. This leaves the car free for other things, and you won’t have to worry about fuel spills etc.
I have a trailer so if/when I try this I’ll update this article with some pictures.
So you’ve checked out some of the ways to transport a paramotor, and you can see there are many options. If you have any other ideas please share them below and I’ll add them to the article.
If you’re new to paramotoring, click here to find out exactly how to choose your equipment starting with your paramotor.
And find out exactly how a paramotor and wing works here.