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Old 05-11-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Question Raising the Trailer

Hello everyone, I have a problem that I'm certain has been addressed a thousand times before, but none-the-less, am looking for help with: We have a 30' Terry TT that I need to raise up about 10-12 inches under the wheels. I am looking for some type of a drive on, drive off approach. My thoughts were to use a 2x10 on the ground about 4' long, put 2-3 10" cement blocks on top of the 2x10 with another 2x10 on top of the blocks. My question is how do I get the trailer on/off of this set-up. I need some type of ramp(s). This is a semi-permanent installation, we move the trailer 2x per year and we intend to build an unattached deck this Monday. I am looking for ideas, pictures, etc., etc.,, for getting it up onto the blocks. The site where I am located is exactly where my Missus wants the trailer to be so moving it elsewhere is out of the question. Thanks in advance for all your help again.
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What would be the purpose of raising it?
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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Years ago I built a pair of RV ramps sandwiching lengths of 2x4 and plywood to the height of 12" using Weldwood glue and a combination of long nails and screws. Needed handles and a cart to move them.
Another option is getting a pair of steel ramps from the Auto Parts store and have them reinforced/modified to take the weight of your travel trailer.
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My Terry TT is on a permanent site, but we do move it out a couple of times per year. The site is next to a relative and the girls insist that we face each other with our respective awnings facing inward towards the firepit. This requires that one of the two TT is place backwards relative to the power/sewer hook-up. In order for me to get enough slope for the Piping I have to run to connect the sewer, I need to raise the TT at least 10-12 inches. That is the reason for raising it - also, because we move it a couple of times per year, I was looking for an easy way to drive on/off without having to go through all kinds of gyrations in jacking it up, blocking it, etc., etc....., thought maybe this forum might be able to come up with a solution or two. Thanks for replies!
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I thought about the idea of automotive type ramps in front of a 2x10, cement block, 2x10 sandwich and still think it is a possible solution. Actually, wouldn't the ramps only have to hold the trailer on the upward/downward move? Once I'm on the "permanent" block sandwich, there would'nt be any load or need for the ramps until the next move, right?
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I thought about the idea of automotive type ramps in front of a 2x10, cement block, 2x10 sandwich and still think it is a possible solution. Actually, wouldn't the ramps only have to hold the trailer on the upward/downward move? Once I'm on the "permanent" block sandwich, there would'nt be any load or need for the ramps until the next move, right?
Agreed, but why go thru the trouble of moving and storing the ramps twice a year.
If ladies agree, why not make the ramps permanent with concrete. Plywood forms and sackrete. The ramps can be used later for servicing (i.e. oil changes) and inspecting under vehicles. Put pipe inserts in the concrete for clothes line, table, or other use when trailer is not there.
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I like the idea of the cement/forms for ramps - got any pics of anything you've made? Thanks for the idea Doggy Daddy
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My Terry TT is on a permanent site, but we do move it out a couple of times per year. The site is next to a relative and the girls insist that we face each other with our respective awnings facing inward towards the firepit. This requires that one of the two TT is place backwards relative to the power/sewer hook-up. In order for me to get enough slope for the Piping I have to run to connect the sewer, I need to raise the TT at least 10-12 inches. That is the reason for raising it - also, because we move it a couple of times per year, I was looking for an easy way to drive on/off without having to go through all kinds of gyrations in jacking it up, blocking it, etc., etc....., thought maybe this forum might be able to come up with a solution or two. Thanks for replies!
Everyone knows I'm always looking for the cheap/low cost way to do a job. Have you considered buying a sewage maceraterto pump waste tank contents uphill. I'm sure it would be cheaper than building 12" high ramps long enough to "drive on-drive off" with a flat, level spot in the center for your TT.
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Check out the Clean Dump Macerator Pump, It pumps waste 150 feet up hill thru 1" hose. Made in USA. I have a permanent system in my RV.

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I'd get a Sanicon sewage grinder system to lift the waste to the sewer. Sure beats going through the trouble of lifting the trailer.

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