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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-24-2008, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Show Me Your Ramps!

if anyone has a home-made trailer and some free time...I'd love to see some homemade trailer-ramp pics

My trailer has some falling-apart bi-fold ramps that I would like to replace before the Bash

ideas would be much appreciated!



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Someone has to say it.... real jeeps don't need ramps.

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most ramps are just angle iron welded together...
here is a crappy pic of mine.. but it's all angle.. except the corner brace for the legs which is plate...


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It's always interesting to see someone that tries to be macho and crawl up and down without ramps. Nobody is really impressed.

It's really rough on the tow vehicle. The interesting part is when he puts the tow car in gear and finds the shock of loading has broken the parking pall on an automatic, or broken some teeth in a manual.

Or, if you are lucky, you'll see the hitch come off the ball and go through the rear window of the tow vehicle - seen that twice!

My ramps are braced aircraft landing strip plates like they use in soft terrain. They slide between the rails in the rear and lock down. When in stored position they strengthen the rear of the trailer - so they are dual purpose.

And they are long enough so I can load a regular car without tearing up the underside of it. It's surprising how often you use it for things other than your Jeep.

When I carry my lightweight buggy, I use removable shorty angle iron ramps, they are much easier to use. Toss them in the back of the tow vehicle.
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It's always interesting to see someone that tries to be macho and crawl up and down without ramps. Nobody is really impressed.

It's really rough on the tow vehicle.
I totally agree with this. I've done it, because it's easier than pulling the ramps out and putting them in place (mine are removable and store under the rear of the trailer) and the jeep can crawl right up.

But it really shocks the tow vehicle, no matter how slow I seemed to go.

Never caused any damage, but it sure didn't look like fun for the truck. Now I use them all the time.

My ramps came with the trailer - I think they're channel, facing inward, with angle going across. I think you can visualize that.

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thanks for the pics and info.....

I'm sure the little 2A could crawl up onto the trailer....but like Rich said, I have no desire to abuse my truck and trailer that badly.


I'm thinking i'll go with angle like yours Jeepgod.....is that all 3/16" or 1/4" ?

at the top of the ramp i was going to make some sort of hooking mchanism to attach to a ledge on the trailer......I havent thought too much about that, but properly supported i dont think it'll have a problem...I've seen it done elsewhere....

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ya usually the slide out ramps are set up like that..if you can wait till friday.. i can get you detailed pics.. this trailer is the frist i have had with fold ups.. and i love them.. will not go back.. you say it's not a big deal.. but after a few times of those things weighing close to 75 pounds.. it starts to get old.. there is only a bar and a few pieces of steel difference between the two..

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