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Old 06-26-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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Car Ramps as Class-C leveler(front-end)?

I have a 31ft 97 Dutchman Class-C (V-10)that I'd like to level on my driveway so that darn fridge will work and make it a little more comfortable for visiting guests. I have a bit of a slope so I'd like to bring up the front end about a foot.

Has anyone ever used heavy duty car ramps to bring up the front end of their RV? I tried making wood ramps but that just went sideways as it flipped up (whew, no dmg). I belive my ramp is the heavy duty type but will confirm as they at parents inlaws place now? Figured they would work well as they are sturdy, perhaps also keep in the MH for camping etc.

Not even a clue what the front end weighs on one of these things haha
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You have a tag inside that list the front and rear GAWR ( gross axle weight rating). Most of the larger class C's are pretty close the axle limits.

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I "stepped" wood 2 x 10's on top of each other and used long screws to hold them in place. The front of my coach is weighed at about 6300 pounds. I had DW direct me up on them. You can actually feel when your tires go up the step. The key is to stop on the last step. You could make it long enough and put a block stop at the end.

Anyhow, that is what I did and I don't know if it would work for you.

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checked and my weight at the front is 4900 pounds. I'll check the ramps and see if I am clear on that one. I did the wood thing and she flipped right up and hit the running board(thankfully..whewww). If that car ramps arent sturdy enough I will certainly take a hack at your method.

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checked and my weight at the front is 4900 pounds. I'll check the ramps and see if I am clear on that one. I did the wood thing and she flipped right up and hit the running board(thankfully..whewww). If that car ramps arent sturdy enough I will certainly take a hack at your method.

thx again
If your ramps are 5000#they will be on the edge, but you can always add extra support by inserting a scissor jack under each ramp. If not comfy with that, get the 7500# plus ramps. The board method works well, but you will have to use wide boards or construct the narrow ones better.
(one foot is lot of height)
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When you use lumber for a ramp you have to stack it, not make it like a see-saw. Example; put down a 2 X 10 about 2 feet long. Lay an 18" one on top of that, then a 12" one, etc. It shouldn't kicdk up then.

Lengths might not be right. Adjust accordingly.
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I don't recall you mentioned what you are parking on. If gravel the car ramps will sink and twist, wood would be a good choice because it will spread the weight over a larger area. It sounds like the wood ramps the use tried might not have been wide enough or you did not hit the center of them. If you hit the center and they extend beyond the sides of the tires some you should not have any problems with them doing anything other than possible sliding forward if on something smooth or slick. Make sure you make the step ups long enough to get the tire completely on the step before going to the one. 6 to 8 inch each should work.
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