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Posted: 01/11/18 11:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm looking for ideas on ways to add some strength to our ramp door. We primarily use our toy hauler for our Jeep, and it puts a pretty good strain on the ramp door when we load it. I am currently using old timber planks to spread the load, but it's cumbersome and just something I'd like to do away with. My thoughts would be some sort of flip down jacks or supports that mount in the center span of the door, and can be adjusted for uneven terrain when the ramp is deployed for loading. I don't want to put anything on the top/inside of the ramp, as that would become a tripping hazard when we have it setup as the elevated patio... Anyhow, just looking for ideas or input from anyone that has done something similar? Thanks in advance!


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It will be interesting to see what advice you get. Having seen how little structure there is to these doors, I'm surprised you haven't broken it yet. I think most only have a 1000 or 2000lb weight limit.

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I would use two 4X6 blocks to support mid span on the sides plus an assortment of 2X4s to make them work/support near the mid point.


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Saw a TH on the road not too long ago where they had bolted steel channels to to the door on the outside. If you picture the door in the up position, the channels ran up and down. Thought it was kind of odd when I first saw it but then realized that's probably what they were doing, reinforcing the door.


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Do the trailer floor while you are at it.

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FrankoToo wrote:

Saw a TH on the road not too long ago where they had bolted steel channels to to the door on the outside. If you picture the door in the up position, the channels ran up and down. Thought it was kind of odd when I first saw it but then realized that's probably what they were doing, reinforcing the door.


Rather than channel, box tube would be stronger. Maybe 1-1/2" square. But you have to drill access holes for installing the nuts to bolt them to the ramp. Use grade 5 or 8 bolts for a smaller size bolt and nut, but fender washers on the bolt head. I'd use two in the area of each tire path. You can also use temp blocks in the center of the ramp.


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I like the idea of some additional structural ribs on the outside of the ramp. Also gives a way to attach a bracket for a scissor jack or something in the middle of the span. Thanks for the input!

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How about something like this to displace the weight

36 in. x 36 in. x 0.025 in. Diamond Tread Aluminum Sheet in Silver


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the ramp is going to get VERY heavy. Might be too much strain on the springs, hinges and latches.


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I'm thinking if you were to place steel angle bar along the outside about where the wheels would go, it might take a few bars to help distribute the weight. Then use something like the Fulton Camper Jack or another heavy duty leg that could be attached before dropping the ramp down to take some of the load.


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