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    building loading ramps for a car hauler for low vehicle with a bad back

    my project truck is a '53 F-100 that is built low (front valance is 8.5" from pavement.) My truck hauler has 4' ramps but too much approach angle. I cobbled some ramp extensions together with 2/12s and scrap lumber to make the about 7-8' long and decreased angle of approach to about 5 degrees.

    Aluminum ramps are expensive and I wonder if I can build them cheaper ?? what I need is in the 350-500 buck range...(my fixed income can't take that) I think I want to build (buy used if avail) some car hauler ramps, aluminum if possible... You tube has some ideas but all in steel = heavy. I could build extensions but think I'd rather build longer ramps to make it easier... what are your ideas on material sizes and thicknesses using alum. I'm thinking 2x4"x 1/8" wall rectangular with rungs of lighter gauge plate/angle... ?? or heavier??. Thinking about 6-7 feet to get right ramp angle... just need ideas...something like this Name:  147489476_238265264564313_8427678246093776237_n.jpg
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    what about round tubing and it's strength... little easier to find than scrap rectangular stuff.

    truck weighs 5380 with me and full tank, but a realistic goal would probably be 6K with 'stuff & baggage'

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    Re: building loading ramps for a car hauler for low vehicle with a bad back

    I always hated messing with ramps on my old trailers. Absolute best investment I have ever made for a trailer was a tilt bed. I too haul all kids of low vehicles and the thing to watch for is a knife edge trailer but the knife edge is "upside down" as in no beaver tail or drop in the bed.

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    Re: building loading ramps for a car hauler for low vehicle with a bad back

    We're in very different markets so it's hard to say, but I find a lot of those Chinese built items are constructed for what I can buy raw materials for. Map out what you need and start phoning local suppliers (forget the box stores). I suspect that much aluminum is going to be hard to come by for less than $400 before you even start buying welding rods etc.
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    Re: building loading ramps for a car hauler for low vehicle with a bad back

    I would agree I think youíre gonna have a hard time building them for under 500 bucks.
    considering material/consumables and most of all your time.

    It seems everything these days is made in China and the price reflects that.
    I think 500 bucks is a deal.

    I have a set of 7í Trailex ramps made in USA.
    I got them secondhand years ago

    I canít imagine how much they are now probably over $1000.


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    Re: building loading ramps for a car hauler for low vehicle with a bad back

    whtbaron and JohnT... I agree it's gonna be a challenge. I've got a good friend that is a aluminum guru and He might have the material I can buy affordably. His specialty is building boat ramps and boat houses off the sides of cliffs... He has secretly found a way to defy gravity... I hope he can get me in the right direction... Here's some of his projects

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