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Old 07-18-2018
Andy Coleman, 83' FC-35 Andy Coleman, 83' FC-35 is offline
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Wow, those are really nice ramps - you got a steal on Craigslist! Can I ask how tall they are? Mine are 12”, which is super nice, but allows me to only get the outer rear wheels on the ramp due to the landing gear getting in the way.
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Mine are also 12" high. Made by Copperloy. I only use mine on the front which still allows me access all the way to the differential. Great for lube jobs, wiring and inspection. They come up from time to time. Use an "All of Craigslist" link to find. Don't worry about spending some $$$ because they hold their value and are high in demand. Some people are cheap and make them out of plywood, unsafe, especially if left outside to rot. You won't find a commercial shop using inferior materials for ramps.
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Recently there have been several post on repairs, that require lifting the Bus.
As these Birds age, they are more affordable, require more repairs and the later model wide bodies are being repaired by their owners. Wide bodies can weight 2X the weight of an early FC. 25,000 lbs to 55,000 pounds.
There are several threads, many posts on the proper ways to jack, and equipment available, with numerous questions and suggestions.
It may be time for a review. Here is just a few threads.

https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...ead.php?t=1166


https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...Your%20Bus.pdf
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Mine are also 12" high. Made by Copperloy... Use an "All of Craigslist" link to find...
Found this seller online: https://www.uline.com/BL_408/Wheel-Riser-Ramps with aluminum ramps that are rated at 15k # each. Their 24” wide model is very nice but BIG $$$ . Been watching used with no luck so far. Will keep watching...

For CRAIGSLIST wide-area searches I like: https://www.searchtempest.com
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Found this seller online: https://www.uline.com/BL_408/Wheel-Riser-Ramps with aluminum ramps that are rated at 15k # each. Their 24” wide model is very nice but BIG $$$ . Been watching used with no luck so far. Will keep watching...

For CRAIGSLIST wide-area searches I like: https://www.searchtempest.com
Mine are the longer ones. Bought them used and paid about 500 for the pair several years ago. Could get my $ back at any time if I wanted to.
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THose ramps may work well for a single axle coach,but a coach with 2 axles in the back they would not work so well.
I think my ramps are about 8 feet on the flat.
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THose ramps may work well for a single axle coach,but a coach with 2 axles in the back they would not work so well.
I think my ramps are about 8 feet on the flat.
I never use them on the rear. As mentioned earlier, when I drive up on the front, they are high enough where I can work all the way back to the differential. Mine are 9 feet long. But remember my coach is only 29 ft. long.
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So I have decided to head to HD and get two sheets of 3/4” non-treated plywood and cut it into three 18” wide pieces. Then I will cut these down to 60”, 54”, 48”, 42”, 36”, 30”, 24” with an extra 48” from Treated plywood. Hoping 24” long will be big enough to set the tires on and that 18” WIDE will be wide enough to get at least one of the dual wheels up on (maybe both) and have the tag hanging off the back of the ramp.
Is there any reason I should use ‘Treated’ for the whole thing? Will it be stronger?
I will also be blocking the front wheels and using my new 20ton jack stands on the jacking plates (frame rails?) or maybe the axles...
Is this going to be LONG enough for my tandem wheel coach?
My dual wheels are 24” wide so should I go with 24” wide ramps or will 18” be OK?
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If you are going to leave the ramps out in the elements use treated. If not use
non-treated. Treated plywood will not be any stronger then non-treated.
Its going to cost you more money. Regular plywood should be exterior glued and can take some elements. Best to be painted.

Take into account when you rip the plywood you loose the saw blade thickness.
So one of your pieces will not be 18" or 24".
I would go for 24" pieces.
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Thanks Alan! I didn’t know if the treated was any denser but figured it probably was not... I’ll pay the extra and get the treated. I think I will feel safer under the coach with 24” wide ramps so will do that. These ramps won’t stay under the coach for any extended time and I’ll have to get rid of them when I’m done with them since I don’t want to haul them around with me... someone in the campground will need them.
Any hints on which Chocks to get? I got some from Harbor Freight but they don’t look strong enough (or wide enough) - will use them with my Jeep... I do have some chocks I found on the road at an airport that look like those used to hold big jets - they are made of what feels like foam...
I think I’m leading this thread astray... let me know and I’ll move it...
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