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Old 07-30-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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Where we have to park our 33 ft. motor home we have to drive over the sidewalk curb. Does anyone know how I would make a wood ramp to make the transition from road over the curb easier on my rig.
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Make ramps out of 2 x 8" lumber. I'd make them so they are flush with the curb top and blocked underneath to the height of the curb. In addition, according to how long you make them, they should perhaps have a midway block too. Cut the end to form a taper the tire can roll up onto easier. You'll need 4 ramps, 2 on each side so you don't put all the weight on just two of the rear tires.
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Where we have to park our 33 ft. motor home we have to drive over the sidewalk curb. Does anyone know how I would make a wood ramp to make the transition from road over the curb easier on my rig.
Tom,
A real quick and easy way for you to tackle this issue is, simply purchase a couple of small sections of wood that will "ramp" you up very easily. By that I mean, if your curb is say, 6" tall, then if you had a short section of 4"x4", say about 24" long, laid parallel to the curb, right against it, you've got 2/3 of the problem solved. Now, 1/2 of that 4" x 4" would a 2"x4" x 24". You lay that in front of the 4" x 4".

Now, your tires will transition from the street, up the 2"x4 and then transition from that 2"x 4" to the 4"x4" and then, transition to the top of the 6" curb.

And, all you have to do is, pack them up for later use.
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I just back right up over the curb to the storage space beside my house.

I have 22.5" tires and so it's very easy.
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I have 19.5" tires. I have been driving over a curb for many years into where the coach is stored. Just roll up to it slowly, and ease up and over. Never have had a problem. Same curb gets rolled over by my pickup truck and Jeep, also never a problem.
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You really don't need a ramp. Just take a 4x4 and lay it in the gutter. A 4x4 fills the void in a typical gutter, which is usually enough.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:15 PM   #7
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You can fabricate two ramps to get over the curb, that can also be used to level your MH when camping.
Use 2x10's flat and make one about 4 ft long, the second about 3 ft long and the third about 2 ft long. Cut a bevel on the leading edge of each and drill two holes vertical thru all three pieces clamped together, and countersink the top for the head of a large 40d or 60d nails used to keep the boards from sliding.
This will get you up over a 6 inch curb and if you need more height just add one more 2x and make it longer than the first.
These are modular and can be used individually or stack as many as you need. I made a set of these for my use to level the MH on sites that have a great variance in elevation.
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Agree with the others - a simple 2x6 or 4x4 piece laid adjacent to the curb is sufficient to make the transition easier. Even without that, it's no different than a pothole you might encounter on a highway somewhere, and your speed [hopefully] is going to be much lower too!

I carry a couple 2x10 pieces about 24" long that I use if a campsite is far off-level. Would use them if I had to climb a curb too, if the curb was more than about 6".
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Thanx everyone for the great info, we really appreciate it.
Happy travels to all.
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