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memac259
07-31-2008, 08:56 PM
I've noticed that on hot days when I drop my trailer ramp in cuts into driveways. Anyone have a solution?

South Florida Lawns
07-31-2008, 09:02 PM
park on the street

memac259
07-31-2008, 09:06 PM
Thanks for your help

mybowtie
07-31-2008, 09:11 PM
Iv'e heard of some guys wraping the end of the gate with strips of innertube. If the end of the gate is angle iron can u bolt a peice of wood on it??..............:usflag:

South Florida Lawns
07-31-2008, 09:18 PM
Well I think if its angle iron, (assuming that its an open trailer with the very little info you included) I would weld a piece of flat metal to the bottom section of the ramp. That way you spread the load over a wider area and you have less ground pressure. Hope this helps.

howierd3866
07-31-2008, 09:40 PM
I agree with all of the above

Scagmower48
07-31-2008, 09:45 PM
this is probably not time efficient but putting small pieces of plywood boards where the angle iron meets the pavement would help.

tnpete
07-31-2008, 09:59 PM
I split 1" clear plastic pipe and slid it down the angle of mine. And used wire ties on each end and middle. Works great but you can just lay 1/2" plywood down and stop it also.
Pete

cutbetterthanyou
07-31-2008, 10:41 PM
Looks crappy to me but a guy in town wraped his ramps with burlap sacks

corey4671
07-31-2008, 10:45 PM
A piece of 1x4 the width of the gate will prevent that. And don't just let the gate fall and slam onto the drive.

ALC-GregH
07-31-2008, 11:05 PM
I've thought about this. I've seen a few places where it would leave scuff marks on the asphalt. I'm going to find a old mud flap off a dump truck and cut it into lengths about 6 inches long maybe 4 inches wide and wrap them length wise around the edge of the ramp in 3 places, clamp them with vise grips, drill some holes and bolt them on. They should last a long time and would be cheap to do plus it would look better then a burlap sack wrapped all over the ramp. LOL

dura to the max
07-31-2008, 11:11 PM
or you could just park in the street. to me its better anyway, easier to edge and blow, and you aint gotta worry about stopping to mve the rig when Mrs smith wants to go have her hair done. plus if you haves a marked truck more ppl can see it in front of the work you do. wait, maybe thats why you aint parking in the street....

ALC-GregH
07-31-2008, 11:42 PM
The ones I have that I park in the driveway are not home when I mow and to tell you the truth, there's no place else to park. A few of the properties I mow are on a 2 way street without any curbs. The lawn goes right to the street. It's just as easy to back right into their driveway and not block traffic or the mailman that always seems to come while I'm mowing. LOL

ALC-GregH
07-31-2008, 11:53 PM
I'm also going to use the mud flap to make a license plate holder. The one that comes with the trailer isn't worth a .... and is already broken.

ambersLawnmowing
08-01-2008, 12:05 AM
My trailers have the L-shaped iron on it and i just take Garden hoses that "I" or someone may have run over with the mower and cut it down the middle and screw it to the lip of it. Makes less noise when you let them fall and i didnt have to go and buy it. I guess mowed hoses are a "perk" of the job...LOL

seabee1
08-01-2008, 01:32 AM
go to the bone yard and get a couple rubber bump stops's off of a truck that bolt on ,and bolt them to the back of your ramp .that's what i did to my trailer and it work's great .don't want to look in a bone yard ,get some traction bar snubber's from a speed shop they will do .

topsites
08-01-2008, 02:03 AM
I never 'drop' the ramp, not sure if it was just a figure of speech but I always set mine down real nice and slow...
Not so much the first part but right towards where it is closing in on the pavement, that's where I set it down easy.
Whether that helps with this problem I could not tell you but I like the absence of that loud CLANG!

jdmcat
08-01-2008, 04:16 AM
my gate has little rubber feet bolted to it.

Sammy
08-01-2008, 09:11 AM
A couple of chunks of 2X4's.

ALC-GregH
08-01-2008, 09:21 AM
topsites, you need a gorilla lift for your trailer. I actually have to throw the ramp down and it still doesn't slam the ground! :) and the bump it with your toe to raise it works great. You'll never pick up the ramp again! :D

http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/501/medium/Dscn2731.jpg

J.A.G LAWNCARE
08-01-2008, 11:00 AM
dont mow when its to hot out ............................................

tb8100
08-01-2008, 12:50 PM
my gate has little rubber feet bolted to it.

ding ding ding! We have a winner! This and a Gorilla lift or something similar would be ideal. Remember, a Gorilla lift is nice by itself, but you still have an 1100# ZTR pushing that ramp into the pavement.

Blunt
08-01-2008, 11:43 PM
wow you mean peaple have paved driveways? You shore do run with a high class of customer.

KGR landscapeing
08-02-2008, 12:42 AM
i cant believe nobody said this get an enclosed trailer with a spring assisted door ahh. the days of that nasty steel ramp r over

corey4671
08-02-2008, 11:01 PM
I have two gorilla lifts on my gate but it still will slam down if you let it. Dealer told me that the gates are not made like mine anymore. Mine is made of much heavier material than what is used nowadays.

topsites
08-03-2008, 04:20 AM
wow you mean peaple have paved driveways?
You shore do run with a high class of customer.

Hey...
Don't tell nobody, but some of them even have CARS!
Then they park them in that paved driveway.
Ain't that something?

It is a sight to behold.