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pasusan

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Posted: 11/08/18 05:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My MIL lives a day's drive away and we like to visit her at least twice a year. She has a steep driveway and we wanted to park our B on it while visiting - sleeping in it and keeping the fridge running.

We figured out how high it had to go using the phone and geometry. With the van parked where it would sit - used the phone and Bubble Level app to get the degrees of slope. Measured the wheelbase, then used angle-side-angle to figure out how high the front had to go. 13 1/2 inches.

We made these ramps and leave them in her garage. They work perfectly - the van just looks pretty weird from the front. People would double and triple take as they went by...

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Posted: 11/08/18 06:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Necessity IS the mother of invention!" Looks good! It's nice you can keep them at the MIL's house. I can see why folks passing by would do a double take.

I can imagine your wife's mother is really glad you and your wife can spend time with her. We did the same thing with my MIL, except we parked our TT in their barn lot and plugged into the barn. It was nice having our own space to get away to at the end of the day, and yet still be right there.


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Posted: 11/08/18 07:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey, you can get under the van and change the oil easily while visiting MIL!

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Posted: 11/08/18 07:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey, you can get under the van and change the oil easily while visiting MIL!

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Looks good.

I can't tell from the pic, but I'm assuming you had wheel chocks in front of AND behind at least one of the rear wheels? If not, I'd pick some up. No, I don't trust Parking Brakes! LOL

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Posted: 11/08/18 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My FIL on Cape Cod ran a 20 AMP power supply and a TV Cable out to his (level!) driveway so we could hook up our B for every visit. Very handy and a nice view out the windows.


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Is the cat is confused [emoticon]

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They look like they could tip forward pretty easily.


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Ozlander wrote:

They look like they could tip forward pretty easily.
That's the same thing I thought when I seen them. One to big of a movement and catastrophe awaits. I would suggest a much longer perch on top (like about 30" and a corresponding length of base - Just my opinion, your's may vary.

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Posted: 11/08/18 11:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I too am nervous about these ramps. Base needs to be longer...but then again I live and camp in earthquake country.


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