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Old 07-25-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Arrow Backing over a curb

I just finished searching several hundred threads and found noting on the subject.
By next weekend I will be able to move my trailer from my driveway to backyard. It has been a long journey getting there. Gas meter moving, gardens relocated and now the final hurdle....

What do I use for a ramp to get the trailer over the curb and into the yard? I do not want to subject my tires to the high point loading with a ramp.

The only idea I can come up with is an 8X8X8 cut down the middle. No problem with a chain saw. This will give me a 16 foot wide ramp. The problem: they are heavy. I may be able to move half of a 8X8 by dragging it.

Another possible solution. Steel plates. Problem: Heavy.

Can anyone think of another solution? It needs to be wide. and strong enough to support 3500 lbs. (Dual axle one axle on the ramp at a time)

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Old 07-25-2009, 07:57 PM   #2
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What about using those Lynx Leveller plastic interlocking blocks to make a ramo? I bought a couple of sets last fall when we bought out AS. You can get them at Walmart for maybe $30 a set.

They are light strong, and seem to work well

I recently used them to lift my wheels clear of the ground to check my wheel bearings and they worked A-1.

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How about stacking 2x8's. You could cut the 1st one at 8'. I got this measurement from your 8x8x8, but you could use whatever length works best for you, The curb side should be cut straight, the tire side beveled at least 45 degrees. The less, the better. The next 2x8 cut the same way, only shorter. The 3rd 2x8 cut the same only shorter still. Repeat as necessary until you reach the desired height. Easier to cut & move.This will work if you have a straight shot backing in. If you'll be turning while backing stack them lengthwise paralell to the curb. Bevel the long edge facing tires. This will give you a wide ramp to be sure all tires have use of ramp.

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How about an armload (10) of 2x4 studs? They are fairly cheap, light weight, and just shy of 8' long. If you have an 8" curb, then lay down four 2x4's flat, against the curb, then three on top of them, then two, then one. You get an inch and a half rise per layer. With the curb for backing they will not slide away. No cutting, easy to handle, and easy to store.
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I do not want to subject my tires to the high point loading with a ramp.

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What do you mean by high point loading? The weight of the trailer being placed on a small tire area on one axle? I do think you need some thing to get over the curb somewhat gradually. How high is this curb? I don't think it matters too much what. I don't think some temporary weight on a tire is a big deal. I would be more concerned with damage to the running gear trying to back over a curb without some kind of transition.
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A couple of sandbags?
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Ricky's idea is good IF you have a couple of friends handy to make quick adjustments to line up 8" wide boards to your wheels. If you can't back up square to the curb 8" width will be difficult. I have to level our trailer on a side to side slope so I have built an 8' ramp from 2 - 2"x6"s screwed together with 2"x6"x12"s across the bottom of the 8' boards. For you the 2"x6"x12"s could be stacked to the appropiate graduated height for your curb height. screw everything together for stability and to save for futue use. Hope this or a version of this works for you.
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I made up a ramp from a piece of 1" plywood and some supports under it. It was originally designed for my Winnebago to jump the curb. Even with 14k rolling over it many times its survived. I just place it on the street up against the curb and drive right up it. Best part, when my neighbors see it up against the curb they know im coming in or out soon and they dont park there .

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ps.

There is only one because the other tire rides up my driveway entrance... I suppose you could make two of them.. easier to move maybe
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How bout a few sand bags,
afterward you can spread then around your garden for drainage, or make a sand box for the cats!

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What do you mean by high point loading? The weight of the trailer being placed on a small tire area on one axle?
I am talking about putting a lot of weight on a small area of the tire. A point load.
The curb is about 8 inched tall.
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What about using those Lynx Leveller plastic interlocking blocks to make a ramo? I bought a couple of sets last fall when we bought out AS. You can get them at Walmart for maybe $30 a set.

They are light strong, and seem to work well

I recently used them to lift my wheels clear of the ground to check my wheel bearings and they worked A-1.

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I have something simular to the lynx blocks but I need a large target. That means a ton of these things. The trailer will be hitting the ramp(s) at an angle.
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How about an armload (10) of 2x4 studs? They are fairly cheap, light weight, and just shy of 8' long. If you have an 8" curb, then lay down four 2x4's flat, against the curb, then three on top of them, then two, then one. You get an inch and a half rise per layer. With the curb for backing they will not slide away. No cutting, easy to handle, and easy to store.
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I like your simplicity. I will have to see how many I need and how much it costs. I could bevel the edges as someone else mentioned.
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How bout a few sand bags,
afterward you can spread then around your garden for drainage, or make a sand box for the cats!

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Interesting idea. However I will have to keep them full of sand. This will be an in and out proposition. There is no shortage of places for the cats to play. Although clean sand would halp keep my white cat clean for more than an hour.
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