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I am in search of a good set of loading ramps for the truck. Right now largest item to be loaded is a full size snow blower. Mostly used for large rolling generator. But you never know what future holds. Might as well get something that can handle larger items. Folding preffered. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks. Bob

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Probably not what you are looking for, but I just made my own from some brackets, carriage bolts, tie down rings (for the safety straps), and lumber.

 

I wanted to load a concrete lawn roller into my truck for one job, and did not want to buy an expensive set of ramps.  That was two years ago, and I have not used them again since, so I'm glad I did not spend much cash. 

 

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These work well for snow blowers, small equipment.

https://www.harborfreight.com/super-wide-tri-fold-loading-ramp-90018.html

They can be at a step angle depending on the height of your tail gate due to the shorter length.

But the wide design is nice.

 

These are the best IMO for ATV's etc.

Longer for less angle.

https://www.discountramps.com/dual-runner-atv-ramps/p/BW-DBL-ATV/

 

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Thanks. I may just use the plank attachment type until I need something more. Those black widows look great for future reference. Bob

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I had a set of Lund 10’ folding ramps. They were great, aluminum and held over 1000lbs. Most truck places sell them


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I have a set of Lund arched folding ramps and they are the best. Not cheap but I’d buy them again. I’ve used them for about 6 years to load a golf cart in the bed of my truck. The arch makes loading a lot better than straight ramps but you pay a little more for that.

https://www.summitracing.com/search/product-line/lund-duraloader-arched-folding-ramps

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I'll throw this out there: 

 

For loading anything into a truck bed, the angle of the ramps is important for ease of driving/pushing and safety. I was very frustrated that my tailgate naturally angles "up". I found these links as a solution. It drops the open tailgate a bit lower, which is now actually easier to reach in to grab things, and lowers your ramp angle. for $20, they are well worth it.

 

http://www.ridertailgate.com/copy-of-gm1-tailgate-lowering-link-set/

 

I also second the lumber ramps. cheap, easy to cut to whatever length you want. the only problem is that they don't fit in the short box very well if you want to transport them. I cut mine to fit inside my old truck's 8' bed :(

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i would find something that attaches securely to the tailgate. Ive seen far to many people have the ramps slide out from under whatever they are loading. Its funny for me to watch but not so funny for the person it happens too.

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16 minutes ago, jaxcam02 said:

i would find something that attaches securely to the tailgate. Ive seen far to many people have the ramps slide out from under whatever they are loading. Its funny for me to watch but not so funny for the person it happens too.

One should always use straps to secure the ramps from sliding off the tailgate!

 

Example:

 

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I attached this type of attachement to the underside of my diy lumber ramps for attaching the straps.

 

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straps are probably the safest method to secure ramps. But when I was removing snow in town, I would drive the old snowbolower up my ramps into the truck between jobs. Everything was covered with snow. But I bought some thin rubber sheets with adhesive backing and put that on the bottom side of the tabs that sit on the tailgate. A quick "brush-off" of the snow with my glove and the rubber did not slip at all. It worked very well. But that was only me risking a snowblower. If I had a $1000+ machine that I was loading, I'd take more time to secure everything.

 

I've used the same ramps to load a dirtbike and snowmobile with no issues. For the snowmobile I attached some of the hard plastic slides to the top for the skis to ride in. For the center ramp, I stapled some rubber "tread" so the track didn't spin. You can't beat the versatility of wood to make it fit your specific situation.

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From experience, any ramp you get for the 3/4 ton truck should be the longest your willing to pay for. I had some ramps that worked well on my 1/2 ton that are absolutely scary on the 2500hd due the height of the truck . I would go 80" minimum or else your looking at a steep angle for loading. Not so bad with snow blower but try a riding mower or 4 wheeler and its a challenge.

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2 hours ago, diyer2 said:

These work well for snow blowers, small equipment.

https://www.harborfreight.com/super-wide-tri-fold-loading-ramp-90018.html

They can be at a step angle depending on the height of your tail gate due to the shorter length.

But the wide design is nice.

 

These are the best IMO for ATV's etc.

Longer for less angle.

https://www.discountramps.com/dual-runner-atv-ramps/p/BW-DBL-ATV/

 

:)

I like those Black Widow stamps, might have to replace the ramps I use fro the 4 wheeler with a set of those, thanks.

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I've got this 2 piece ramp. It works well. I bought a toy hauler so I don't need it any more. I'd take 350. plus shipping.

Cheers

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