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Old 10-12-2014, 09:14 PM   #351
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Hi Terry;
Made it to Yuma and busy setting up. 97 here today - but its a dry heat. Hot no matter how you say it. Jacks work fine.

Checked out the picture of your light installation. Our lights are similar - the backup lights are the same as the tail light but have a clear lens. Probably have a bit more power than the running light, more like the brake lights.

The door looks good. Nice welding. Impressed with the insulating. It will be a warm rig.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:45 AM   #352
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Stepped expanded metal would work but weight of it would be a concern.
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:04 AM   #353
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Gordon, nice to hear your finally at your destination!, and that the jacks work. It sure would be nice to be looking forward to warmer weather. Everywhere there is a empty spot it gets insulated. I'm hoping the axles get here and I can get them installed, then I can move the rig. Seems I'm always thinking of the weather, Yuma would be real nice. HH, I have used expanded metal on some small trailers and it works well, I have a tendency to build (over build?) and the ramp is heavy, how it compares to "factory" doors I don't know, I haven't been able to find weights to compare. We will find out today if the springs will pick it up, if not I'll have to put another set on. I do know that our Harleys will not stress it.
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i was thinking something gritty so u would have traction,,,,i dont know but maybe a ligfht textured bedliner,,or the the paint with grit in it, maybe the sticky stuff they put on stairs...
just a couple thoughts off the top of my head,,,,cause that is gonna get slick..

i watched a guy put a 30k bike in a pick up using 2 2x6s and a sheet of plywood,, it was misting i told him that would be bad if it slippedx on him...an yup right at the top he lost nit and it fell off the tailgate.......made me sick to watch that bike crash to the ground//,,,,,,,,
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Bap, its amazing to me the dumb things some people do, when I had my shop we had a dedicated ramp for loading and unloading bikes, but the contraptions that people had in their trucks where amazing. I also had thought maybe some form of spray on bedliner that had the traction ingredient in it, it would seal the wood and provide traction..........still thinking
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Harley1994,
When I was a kid, we made a floating deck for our pond. When Dad painted it, he mixed sand in the paint and rolled it on, very gritty and lasted forever. Both protects the wood and provides the traction that you need without any significant weight gain. Just another suggestion.
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Frank, thats one way for sure, thanks for the suggestion. Well DW and I with the help of our 9yr old granddaughter (give me that wrench), we did it , the ramp is installed!!!. and it works! It is a little heaver than I'd like, one person can pick it up and down, but I would just like it easier, so an extra set of springs it is.
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Finely crushed black walnut shells add to the bed liner "paint".

Looking good Terry. You have two supervisors now.
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HH, thats for sure DW says I need all the supervision I can get. Here's a pic closed, I have to put door latches on now.
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WOW Terry!!!You have really dug in on getting her closed up!
Ihave to tell you.....She looks like a factory built setup for the ramp! NICE JOB!!!
I am watching so keep those pictures coming!

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Deadbolts on the inside for security & latches on the outside since you will be dropping the ramp when outside.
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I just wanted to post, how much I have enjoyed your build. I wait each day to see the progress. Your doing a wonderful job and can't wait till your finished and have it on the road. Thank you for taking the time to post.
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Thanks so much everybody for the kind words, Craig, when you have cold weather breathing down your neck it's a big inspiration, HH, I have to check out a system that I saw in a parts place, it may be my extra spring and my latches all in one..........gotta go look, now that the ramps in place I see what I can use. WBBB1 welcome aboard! thanks for watching, next up are the axles so I can move it around.
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Terry - nice work in the door/ramp. Our 5er has diamond plate aluminum on the surface. It does get a bit slippery when it is wet especially if you get greedy with the power. I generally slip the clutch to drive the bikes in. The trailer is high so the angle is too. Reluctant to take a run at it as the tolerances are tight with two bikes. Wet clutch so a bit of slipping is OK. Have managed to burn outs on both the 5er and the stacker. LOL

If you would like I can reserve a spot for you here. Would enjoy meeting up with you and Eleanor. Let me know and I will head right down to the office.
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