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I've been pondering this thought for a long time now, and even made mention of it in the wrong thread (Under The Awning) the other day, so I decided to pose this question in the General portion of the WOG forum. I'm looking for ideas/photos on how to build some cost effective (cheap), heavy duty ramps to drive my bus on to that are made of wood. The way I see it, if the rear ramps are long enough, you could back the bus up on to the long ramps, and then place a pair of shorter ramps at the front, and move the bus forward and up on to the front ramps If I could get as little as eight more inches of ground clearance under the Bird, that would huge I figured I would ask first before taking unto myself and just building something that may, or may not be safe Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated
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Rich:

Take a look at this site - may be what you want.

http://users.cwnet.com/~thall/bus_ramps.htm
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Wow Tom....That's perfect! I'll have to check the height of my FC before its aired up and see what kind of clearance I have Man, that would give a barnyard mechanic tons of room to move around under the bus, and above all, being very safe Thank you so much
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I've seen a number of styles for wooden ramps.

Coach Worx uses a framed variety and although they are pretty heavy, they are light enough for one guy to drag around. If you are going to ramp all four at the same time, the front ramps are shorter than the rear ramps.

I might have dimensions for these somewhere.

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you would have to have Ed Wimberlys tractor to move those heavy babies around.
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you would have to have Ed Wimberlys tractor to move those heavy babies around.
Not the Coach Worx ones.
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Hi Bill, I was looking at the home made jobs in the link. I have a slight hill where the bird is parked that lets me get under her.
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I like the solid plywood ramps, safe and solid. You could move them around easily with a 2 wheel dolly like the designer says. I might have to build some this winter.
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Rich-

Mike Putz is your man. He has some that work very well. We took them to Houston to pick up my coach. They worked great and you can pick them up without a crane. PM him (rtpn60).
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I think I would 2 x 8's, 2 x 10's, or 2 x 12's on end depending on the height desired. You could cut your taper to any angle that you need and the ramp would be solid. Probably 6 planks wide which would yield a 9" wide ramp. Threaded rod, washers & nuts would hole the whole thing together. Single ramps for the front, double um up for the rear. Might want to each ramp in 2 pieces (angled and straight portions). This way once the bus is on the level portion you could remove the angled section to gain creeper access around the engine area. I can picture this in my head but cannot draw it out for posting here. Help!, David Brady.
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