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Old 12-01-2010, 12:11 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Drab it back far enough and it will slide right off.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:34 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Man you guys got me going here... I'm looking for a trailer for my one sled and stumble across this thread. This looks great for loading, but I don't have reverse. How would I unload?
@ LiFeStArTs@40: I guess you have to do the 'pull and pray' method. I am not as worried as getting it out of the truck as getting it into truck.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:55 AM   #63 (permalink)
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very good info here and helpful on a sled ramp. I considered making something then stumbled on this new snowmobile loading ramp from RevArc. It is 7.5 feet long and curved. What do you think?


only $329...... yikes
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:37 AM   #64 (permalink)
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first of - thank you for a good idea and informative report!

tried and built a ramp for me tundra crew cab

tested and climbed once - on second attempt the small ramp flew away like a rocket ripping the lower "steps"- might use a better fixing it to the main ramps - may be some U shape metal through-bracket that at the same time will hold the ramps together

also decided to slightly change the ramp-platform joint form so as to be able to put down the ramps to various ground level (including setup that will allow climbing to the truck from the trailer that carries two more sleds of my buddies)

will continue testing building next weekend )

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Old 12-30-2010, 05:02 PM   #65 (permalink)
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I was thinking of making somthing similar and had a question.
Does anyone think I could make the box out of 2x4's and the ramps with 1x1's ?

The idea being to make it a little lighter.

would the 1x1's be strong enough for a sled?
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:31 PM   #66 (permalink)
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I highly doubt it unless you used a thicker plywood base which would be heavy

I have an aluminum trifold ramp. Super strong and light

Blaine here has a you tube video of a ramp he made, I would check that out, its pretty clever. I would have tried that if I saw it before I got my ramp
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:57 PM   #67 (permalink)
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Great work! Getting ready to build mine. ANY NEW TIPS OR IDEAS?

Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:04 PM   #68 (permalink)
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hell that beats picking it up to put her on there or finding a snow hill to drive it off and on.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:26 AM   #69 (permalink)
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Here is my 2cents.
I tried to save weight and money by using 2x4 for the deck and found 2x3's for the ramps.
Strength was not an issue. What did become an issue was not enough space to add the rails and grip.
I had a scrap piece of 5/12 x 8 scab plywood from the ramps that I ripped and screwed to the bottom of the deck. That worked perfectly.

The original design called for a rod to go through all the pieces. If found this a pain to line up so I just used a door hinge. You dont need it unload, but just when riding up the ramp.

A must have for this project is some sort of slider for the ski. I found a used Bedliner on Craigslist for 10 bucks. He wanted 20. Used car dealers usually have these laying around. Try there.

The ramps are Narrow. All you need is a 4 ft run and confidence. If you woos out you get stuck and need the helper ramp.

This ramp system cost me $50 in lumber $10 for the bedliner and about 10 in screws. and I had the door hinges.
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I took a different approach.

I purchased a tri fold alum ramp on sale at Cabelas for about $120.

I put 1/4 plywood in the center section. Used furring strips for traction.

Cut up bedliner for runners

I built a kicker ramp (for loading from the concrete floor in the garage) out of OSB and bolted some plastic I had on for grip.

I put a long U bolt though one end, drilled mating holes in the center section of the ramp to attach it with.

Works real well. I dont ride the sled up the ramp, I just stand along side it and blip the throttle and up it goes

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Old 02-08-2011, 11:06 AM   #71 (permalink)
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That looks good as well, Does the ramp fold up and just sit in the back of the truck?
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:05 PM   #72 (permalink)
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yes it light and fairly compact folded up.

I used to just slide it next to the sled. But I built sides that go in the stake pockets for moving one of the kids home from college. Turns out they work great for protecting the sled from road spray too. So I built some hangers and hang the ramp from it. Works great and gives me more room for other stuff. I ice fish and strap my shanty to the other side when I go.

Also the kicker ramp isnt in the pic, sometimes I use it sometimes not. But i take it along just in case.
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I took a different approach.

I purchased a tri fold alum ramp on sale at Cabelas for about $120.

I put 1/4 plywood in the center section. Used furring strips for traction.

Cut up bedliner for runners

I built a kicker ramp (for loading from the concrete floor in the garage) out of OSB and bolted some plastic I had on for grip.

I put a long U bolt though one end, drilled mating holes in the center section of the ramp to attach it with.

Works real well. I dont ride the sled up the ramp, I just stand along side it and blip the throttle and up it goes

Here is a pic.

http://www.snowmobileforum.com/attac...r-100_1941.jpg
I have the same ramp but don't use any ply-wood on the center section. I used it on the side sections for the skis because I don't have a liner to cut up yet.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:13 AM   #74 (permalink)
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I plan on building a platform / ramp arrangement to carry my 10’-4” ski-doo in my 6’-7” pickup box. With the tailgate down my truck measures 8’-6.5” from front of box to end of tailgate. This means that when loaded my ski-doo will stick out 1’-9.5” behind the end off my tailgate. Should I build my platform to stick out this entire distance or only come to the end of my tailgate? If I do make the platform 10’ long should I, or do I have to, support its end with a bracket from the trailer hitch?

I also plan to make the platform hinged (like Dobb’s) so that I can hide the platform in the truck when not in use?

Opinions please.
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I plan on building a platform / ramp arrangement to carry my 10’-4” ski-doo in my 6’-7” pickup box. With the tailgate down my truck measures 8’-6.5” from front of box to end of tailgate. This means that when loaded my ski-doo will stick out 1’-9.5” behind the end off my tailgate. Should I build my platform to stick out this entire distance or only come to the end of my tailgate? If I do make the platform 10’ long should I, or do I have to, support its end with a bracket from the trailer hitch?

I also plan to make the platform hinged (like Dobb’s) so that I can hide the platform in the truck when not in use?

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if its going to be that long I would support it. Not so much for the weight of the back of the sled but for the weight of the sled on the tailgate when you run it up and down the ramp.

This is how I had mine setup. I wanted the extra length so I could have the sled toward the back of the bed and have room in front for my ice fishing stuff. That was before i had the extra sled and trailer.

On the ramp, I was afraid my studs would rip into the alum rungs of the ramp, thats why I put the wood there, to protect them.

Also, if you cannot find a bedliner, (I could not at first) you can get garage door vinyl molding from Home Depot (about $7 ea) the backside is grooved and fits the sled skis perfectly. Thats what I used for a few years until a bedliner came along
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:05 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Brian, How does your Ramp connect to the tailgate or truck so when loading it doesnt shoot out?
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:18 AM   #77 (permalink)
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there are 6 rubber coated tabs that are welded to the end of the ramp, they lay on the tailgate.

then there are 2 cinch straps that go from the ramp to the bumper.

takes 30 seconds to hook it up
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:16 PM   #78 (permalink)
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OK- I'm in the process of building one of these platform - ramps. Thinking of putting the hinges farther forward, maybe a foot or 2 into the truck bed. Any opinions? will this help keep even more weight off my tailgate? If so should I connect the rear turn buckles to the forward or aft section of the platform. I figure it will give me a good place for groceries when its folded up and still in the truck.

Also planning to hinge my 2x4 ramps from the bottom so at 8 or 10 feet they'll fit in my box with the tailgate closed when not hauling the ski-doo? Anyone else try this?


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Old 02-20-2011, 01:03 PM   #79 (permalink)
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I dont have the platform type but have plenty of experience with truck ramps

If you do that, you will have to raise the platform up since the ramp will hit the tailgate from the angle it forms when touching the ground. You will also have to make the ramp longer

I used to worry about weight on the tailgate but after 4 years of using it I am not worried about it anymore. I do check the cables on the tailgate to make sure they arent rusting from the inside etc

I dont ride the sled up and down the ramp, I stand beside it and just blip the throttle when loading and unloading. Very easy. There really isnt all that much weight on the tailgate and what there is is only there for a brief moment.

When transporting in the truck most of the weight is over the skis so that is not an issue either
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:50 PM   #80 (permalink)
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wow looks good nice job. i usually just back my truck up to a lare snowbank and load it that way but if i dont have any snow then im sol
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