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#1 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted November 30, 2013 - 02:23 PM

I'm like most I take a lot of joy when I can build something with what I have without having to buy something. I have racked my brain for several months thinking about this problem. I have a 5' x 10' utility trailer I built from a boat trailer several years ago making it first into a snowmobile then later a utility trailer. I took it all apart three years ago blasted, primed then painted. I replaced the springs, bought new tires & welded some uprights on it for sides. I have always wanted to slide the ramps under the trailer. I could have bought the materials but that's too easy right. I was fortunate many years ago I was doing a commercial trim job & the GC was selling everything he didn't want. I bought about thirty of these shelf uprights & have used some of them over the years mostly for shelves in the shop or inside my work van.

 

I will be using two on each side of each ramp. These are 6'L & my ramps are 7'L.

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I bolted two together giving me a slide channel on each side of the ramp. These are upside down showing the side against the table will be the side I bolt to the bottom of my trailer. I have cross channels 4' apart these will bolt to under the trailer.

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This shows the 2"x10" PT wood ramp sitting inside the channels the way it will appear under the trailer.

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Now I have to figure a way to stop the ramp from sliding too far inside because these are a foot shorter than the ramp. I think I'll cut some short pieces & add them to the ends & cap the end to prevent. I will have some more pics later showing how I mounted. 


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Posted November 30, 2013 - 02:38 PM

My neighbor recently did this with the metal ramps for his trailer. He simply left the angle pieces stick out slightly from the edge of the trailer, drilled a hole through the ramp and drops in a pin to secure the ramp from sliding. You could do the same by adding a piece of flat stock between the angle pieces so that you could center the pin. Good luck.


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Posted November 30, 2013 - 02:58 PM

I've used Channel iron for the runners and ran a rod accross them to block the movement. Mine had stops on backside tho. You could just use a pin like mentioned. Get good ones that won't fall or break out while your traveling bumpy roads, yet easy enough to not need tools to remove, which is PIA.


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Posted December 29, 2013 - 11:29 AM

We had 50 degree weather yesterday so I thought I would do some work outside for a change. I attached the rails under the trailer since I already had it on it's side. These rails are 6' long, a foot or so shorter than the ramps. I was thinking about extending the rails so I could put a piece across at the end to keep them from sliding in too far. My wife just happen to take a look at what I was doing & had a great idea...as usual  :D  She said to just put a stop block beneath the trailer bed floor after I floor it. I will just SIMPLY fasten a piece of angle iron to the bottom of the bed so they don't slide in too far. Two minds working alike is always better. 

 

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Posted December 29, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Sounds like a plan! When you get this done, please post some pictures, I have a similar thing i have been thinking about. 


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