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keeman
01-26-2010, 04:29 PM
Running strictly out of my truck this season and trying to get some ideas for setups such as ramps, racks, etc> Any good ideas, advice or pics of yours to help me out? Right now I use two 2x10s for ramps, may go with some folding ramps for space. Also thinking about attaching a rack to the side of the bed for the trimmers to keep the bed free.

Guardian
04-03-2010, 05:48 PM
Did you come up with any ideas? I'm thinking of something similar.

Yater
04-03-2010, 06:06 PM
You can find a used 6x10 trailer for ~$500. You'll make WAY more money over the course of a year just hauling off random stuff.

RodneyK
04-03-2010, 06:26 PM
I ran out of an F150 last year. It sucked, I bought a trailer this year. I used curved alum ramps that did not fold with the F150. I did not use any racks. Everything had its place in the bed around the mowers. Had to make two trips if I had heavy clippings that I bagged. I agree with Yater.

TONTAGE
04-03-2010, 06:39 PM
if you do end up buying ramps,make sure they are not too short like mine are as they will be very steep.if you can afford a trailer i would go for it

unkownfl
04-03-2010, 07:14 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/trucksetup002.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/trucksetup.jpg

Don't try a walk behind mower hydro or belt it doesn't matter they suck going up ramps hard. It isn't bad at all running out of the truck. Below is my daily setup when I a need for a variety of mowers.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/WrightStander36018.jpg

unkownfl
04-03-2010, 07:15 PM
Those are Craftsman ramps just the cheap steel ones for 99 bucks. I'd recommend getting the aluminum ones for 150ish; much lighter and wider.

TONTAGE
04-03-2010, 11:50 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/trucksetup002.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/trucksetup.jpg

Don't try a walk behind mower hydro or belt it doesn't matter they suck going up ramps hard. It isn't bad at all running out of the truck. Below is my daily setup when I a need for a variety of mowers.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/WrightStander36018.jpg


what size trailer?what size engine in the F-150? 4.6?

doubleedge
04-04-2010, 12:31 AM
Search safe t ramp on the internet. It is a long, foldable ramp that fits into your receiver hitch; it would make the ramp less steep and eliminate wasted time loading and unloading ramps.

topsites
04-04-2010, 12:46 AM
Why outsmart yourself, get a trailer.

Greg78
04-04-2010, 12:58 AM
I ran without a trailer for about 2 months. The only time I liked it was down at the beach where parking the truck and trailer on the street or trying to turn around was a PITA.

Greg78
04-04-2010, 01:00 AM
I wasn't running out of a truck though. I had a cargo van with some ramps I made out of some 2 by 12 planks. I never had an issue loading or unloading either my Exmark TTHP or BOP Quick mower.

Tinkerer
04-04-2010, 01:35 AM
In the back of a 93 F150 longbed I have fit:
Backwards a Toro 117 Groundsmaster with 52" deck and was able to put the tailgate up.
Backwards a Toro 52" walk behind without an engine,, loaded, not driven on.
Toro 266-H tractor with 52" deck. Had to back it in. Deck hit inner fender metal and tailgate had to be down.
Backwards a Snapper 52" walk behind hydro without an engine. Loaded, not driven on.
When I had 80s 2wd F150s and once I was hauling around 1000 pounds in the back, they started to break rear spring leaves. They all had 4 leafs per side. 4x4 and supercab F150s will have 5 leafs per side.

Coach s
02-10-2011, 07:16 PM
Where did you get racks for your trimmers? They look perfect for me.
I work out of my F-250.
thanks for any advice

JDUtah
02-10-2011, 07:52 PM
Slice half ton in half. Weld hitch to back frame of truck. Buy one ton. Pull half tun trailer with one ton.

Coming form someone who started with an SUV, then went F-150 then went to a one ton... all within 5 years. Just get the one ton.

ericjd
02-10-2011, 09:09 PM
What a PITA and a total waste of time loading and unloading. Get a trailer, any trailer.

BrunoT
02-10-2011, 10:00 PM
Some of you guys need to realize that there's more out there than your personal experiences and needs before you disparage different approaches.

There are full width, 1200- 2000 lb capacity steel ramps of varying lengths (much like trailer ramps) that attach to pickups and are supported in a variety of ways that do not involve putting weight on the tailgate (often the tailgate is removed). Some mount so that you can use the tailgate as additional load space, supporting the load via the trailer hitch, others allow you to drive mowers onto a platform in the bed which the ramp is slide up into, so that you can retain the tailgate via a system that removes any load from it also. There are other designs that become the tailgate when folded up. None are cheap. They take well less than a minute to deploy.

Used with a long bed HD pickup that has a load capacity of 3,000 lbs or more, you've got a quite stable, compact rough equivalent of a 5x8 or even 5x10 trailer depending on the ramp design. With trimmer racks like shown in the photos, plus a "headache rack" that can also be used to safety and securely hang items like blowers, etc, you have plenty of room for:

... an up to 50" wide ZTR, stand-on, or walk behind ,
...a 21" mower,
... and even a 32/36" BOP quick mower if you should want one.
...You can fit two midsize wb's in the back of a safe-t-ramp equipped 8' bed truck, including one over 52" if you wheelie up one mower to clear the wheel wells a bit and put it in the right spot. Or two standers of the right brand.

With the loadout of a ZTR and a 21" only, there's room for a large bagger, a ladder, a pole hedge pruner, an edger, a trimmer, a blower, gas, trimmer line spool, a second blower, and collection barrels for modest amounts of clippings/debris w/o anything being piled on anything else.

Why would someone waste their time doing this?

1. Better fuel economy. (about 17%)
2. Ease of parking in front of homes on tiny lots and in short driveways on busy streets.
3. Easier to drive in traffic and tight urban areas.
4. Easier to maneuver on dead end streets
5. Safer and easier backing out into traffic
6. Feels safer than trailering. Stops a lot faster than even trailer-brake equipped trailers. No unintended curb-hopping if unattentive, etc.
7. Easy to park in a shop garage and forget. No loading/unloading required. Truck AND gear have protection from elements and prying eyes w/o unloading.
8. You still have a trailer available when you need one.
9. If you mulch clippings and rarely have to haul off pruned cuttings, don't tarp leaves, don't bring in your own mulch to install while also mowing lawns the same day, etc, you don't miss the bed space.
10. Last, and most importantly, you can get in drive thrus easier!

I've run trailers for many many years and just prefer not having a trailer behind me when conditions allow it. It's more forgiving of inattention, I feel more in control, and it's easier to park. I've backed 40' trailers through crowded parking lots before as part of my work in the past, but that doesn't mean it's enjoyable.

Tinkerer
02-11-2011, 02:38 AM
Another option to getting a one ton is getting a heavy duty 3/4 ton truck. In many states with a HD 3/4 you don't have to get commercial truck plates. And even some companies will sell you a regular insurance policy depending on the trucks gross vehicle weight rating. I have a 94 F250 heavy duty 2wd with 300-6, heavy duty ZF 5 speed and a 4.10 rear axle ratio. I have gotten 18 mpg on the highway with it empty and its rated to haul just under 4000 pounds. It has regular non commercial plates on it.

shepoutside
02-14-2011, 10:09 PM
This is one of my set up's I use. Love the ramp, and trimmer rack set up. We have a trailer for the larger equipment we run 2-3 days a week, but use this set up for most of our accounts. In the summer the front toolbox is not there, and a blower rack is on the drivers side. As you can see, love the ramps for snow blowers in the winter. ( could not find summer pic's )
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack003.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack008.jpg

gasracer
02-15-2011, 09:49 AM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/trucksetup002.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/trucksetup.jpg

Don't try a walk behind mower hydro or belt it doesn't matter they suck going up ramps hard. It isn't bad at all running out of the truck. Below is my daily setup when I a need for a variety of mowers.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/WrightStander36018.jpg

I do have to ask, how steep the ride is up those ramps on that mower?I've tried to take a lawn tractor up ramps like that and had it to flip over backwards.

unkownfl
02-16-2011, 09:52 PM
I do have to ask, how steep the ride is up those ramps on that mower?I've tried to take a lawn tractor up ramps like that and had it to flip over backwards.

It's not steep at all. Those are 8ft ramps with an arch. If you flip over that stander going up those ramps you don't belong on one in the first place.

shepoutside
07-31-2011, 02:13 PM
Found summer pic, lol
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack010-1.jpg

LindblomRJ
09-04-2011, 11:12 PM
Found summer pic, lol
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack010-1.jpg

I like that setup. If you plan your routes right a pickup with racks and ramp would be better than a trailer.

The only nit I have with your setup is the ramp isn't as wide as the box. I guess if it were mine I'd widen it out. When it is latched on both sides it would also beef up the pickup box.

Tinkerer
09-05-2011, 01:27 AM
Another alternative is to stretch the frame of a truck. I'm not sure about stretching a half ton truck, but 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are stretched on a regular basis by a company less than 200 miles from where I live. I have kept the long driveshafts from 2 long 80s F350s I parted out in case I decide to stretch my F250.

LindblomRJ
09-05-2011, 01:51 AM
Another alternative is to stretch the frame of a truck. I'm not sure about stretching a half ton truck, but 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are stretched on a regular basis by a company less than 200 miles from where I live. I have kept the long driveshafts from 2 long 80s F350s I parted out in case I decide to stretch my F250.

It doesn't increase your payload capaticity. The frame is a major structural and safety system of a vehicle. Messing with a has all sorts of implications.

As far as driveshafts... Once the project is to that point a machine shop will build and balance a drive line real easy.

360ci
09-07-2011, 10:52 PM
Found summer pic, lol
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack010-1.jpg

I gather you had that ramp custom built??

lifetree
09-07-2011, 11:05 PM
Why outsmart yourself, get a trailer.

I agree !!

lifetree
09-07-2011, 11:08 PM
Shepoutside -- I see that you have 2 Sutech 33" machines ... I've never seen anyone with 2 of those before now !! What's the deal with that ... why is it that you need 2 of them !!

Tinkerer
09-08-2011, 01:43 PM
It doesn't increase your payload capaticity. The frame is a major structural and safety system of a vehicle. Messing with a has all sorts of implications.

As far as driveshafts... Once the project is to that point a machine shop will build and balance a drive line real easy.

If you have a "heavy duty" F250 like mine the added weight from the truck stretch will not be too much to bite into the trucks gross vehicle weight rating. The added square feet will be of great benefit. My F250HD weighs around 5100 with me and gas in it. Its gvwr is 8600.

LindblomRJ
09-08-2011, 08:57 PM
If you have a "heavy duty" F250 like mine the added weight from the truck stretch will not be too much to bite into the trucks gross vehicle weight rating. The added square feet will be of great benefit. My F250HD weighs around 5100 with me and gas in it. Its gvwr is 8600.

You missed the point about making sure you have a welder or shop that will make sure every thing stays true and sqare. For the money spent that would go a ways towards a already built 1 ton with an 11 foot bed already set up. :rolleyes:

Tinkerer
09-09-2011, 01:01 AM
My F250HD has single rear wheels and standard "non commercial" plates. The State Patrol around here are notorious for pulling over and ticketing anything that looks commercial. Having dual rear wheels makes you a target. Tickets/fines are almost automatic they have so many rules. I have talked to multiple people, owners of businesses around here who complained about getting pulled over and inspected with nothing on the vehicle showing a flaw and having their time and schedule messed up. They have gone to the state and were given stickers to put on their trucks that basically tell the patrol officers to leave them alone.

THIESSENS TLC
09-09-2011, 03:19 AM
Im currently running the same set-up in a silverado 1500 6 1/2ft box. I've got 8ft folding alluminum arched ramps (3 of them) each rated for 700lbs. the only reason i have 3 is because the front left caster is offset. Is one of your casters offset on your wright stander? Do you strap the ramps down to the hitch? I'll try to get a picture up sometime soon.

THIESSENS TLC
09-09-2011, 03:25 AM
some of you guys need to realize that there's more out there than your personal experiences and needs before you disparage different approaches.

There are full width, 1200- 2000 lb capacity steel ramps of varying lengths (much like trailer ramps) that attach to pickups and are supported in a variety of ways that do not involve putting weight on the tailgate (often the tailgate is removed). Some mount so that you can use the tailgate as additional load space, supporting the load via the trailer hitch, others allow you to drive mowers onto a platform in the bed which the ramp is slide up into, so that you can retain the tailgate via a system that removes any load from it also. There are other designs that become the tailgate when folded up. None are cheap. They take well less than a minute to deploy.

Used with a long bed hd pickup that has a load capacity of 3,000 lbs or more, you've got a quite stable, compact rough equivalent of a 5x8 or even 5x10 trailer depending on the ramp design. With trimmer racks like shown in the photos, plus a "headache rack" that can also be used to safety and securely hang items like blowers, etc, you have plenty of room for:

... An up to 50" wide ztr, stand-on, or walk behind ,
...a 21" mower,
... And even a 32/36" bop quick mower if you should want one.
...you can fit two midsize wb's in the back of a safe-t-ramp equipped 8' bed truck, including one over 52" if you wheelie up one mower to clear the wheel wells a bit and put it in the right spot. Or two standers of the right brand.

With the loadout of a ztr and a 21" only, there's room for a large bagger, a ladder, a pole hedge pruner, an edger, a trimmer, a blower, gas, trimmer line spool, a second blower, and collection barrels for modest amounts of clippings/debris w/o anything being piled on anything else.

Why would someone waste their time doing this?

1. Better fuel economy. (about 17%)
2. Ease of parking in front of homes on tiny lots and in short driveways on busy streets.
3. Easier to drive in traffic and tight urban areas.
4. Easier to maneuver on dead end streets
5. Safer and easier backing out into traffic
6. Feels safer than trailering. Stops a lot faster than even trailer-brake equipped trailers. No unintended curb-hopping if unattentive, etc.
7. Easy to park in a shop garage and forget. No loading/unloading required. Truck and gear have protection from elements and prying eyes w/o unloading.
8. You still have a trailer available when you need one.
9. If you mulch clippings and rarely have to haul off pruned cuttings, don't tarp leaves, don't bring in your own mulch to install while also mowing lawns the same day, etc, you don't miss the bed space.
10. Last, and most importantly, you can get in drive thrus easier!

I've run trailers for many many years and just prefer not having a trailer behind me when conditions allow it. It's more forgiving of inattention, i feel more in control, and it's easier to park. I've backed 40' trailers through crowded parking lots before as part of my work in the past, but that doesn't mean it's enjoyable.

amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIESSENS TLC
09-11-2011, 10:32 PM
This is one of my set up's I use. Love the ramp, and trimmer rack set up. We have a trailer for the larger equipment we run 2-3 days a week, but use this set up for most of our accounts. In the summer the front toolbox is not there, and a blower rack is on the drivers side. As you can see, love the ramps for snow blowers in the winter. ( could not find summer pic's )
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack003.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack008.jpg

Hey Shep! How many lbs is that ramp rated for?
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shepoutside
10-10-2011, 11:16 AM
Shepoutside -- I see that you have 2 Sutech 33" machines ... I've never seen anyone with 2 of those before now !! What's the deal with that ... why is it that you need 2 of them !! Well, got 4 of em, lol. One spare, use 3 when doing Condo's & Estate Lots.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack062-1-1.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack039.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack029.jpg

shepoutside
10-10-2011, 11:20 AM
The only nit I have with your setup is the ramp isn't as wide as the box. I guess if it were mine I'd widen it out. When it is latched on both sides it would also beef up the pickup box.

I have it this way, so when I use the trailer, I can jack-knife it, and the ramp will open over the tounge, without unhooking the trailer. Wil post a pic later.

shepoutside
10-10-2011, 11:32 AM
Hey Shep! How many lbs is that ramp rated for?
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1200 Lbs I think, it's got a locking bracket hinge, for strenth.

shepoutside
10-23-2011, 10:46 PM
The only nit I have with your setup is the ramp isn't as wide as the box. I guess if it were mine I'd widen it out. When it is latched on both sides it would also beef up the pickup box.
This is why it is off set, so I can unload with the trailer on.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack087.jpg

360ci
10-23-2011, 10:57 PM
Very nice!

BrunoT
11-17-2011, 08:27 PM
This is why it is off set, so I can unload with the trailer on.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack087.jpg

Good idea. It might also be possible to do a trailer/ramp setup where you could unload from the truck bed into the trailer, and then into the street. For when you have a LOT of gear to haul.

LindblomRJ
11-21-2011, 02:09 AM
I have it this way, so when I use the trailer, I can jack-knife it, and the ramp will open over the tounge, without unhooking the trailer. Wil post a pic later.

This is why it is off set, so I can unload with the trailer on.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/shepoutside/truckrack087.jpg

Cool. That makes sense.