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Old 04-14-2014, 02:36 AM
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well thats where the pulley idea came about to pull it in just as a winch does only by hand. I'd be willing to try nice and slow while ducking..... too far fetched you think?
http://m.tractorsupply.com/en/store/...-winch-2000-lb
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:47 AM
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why not just get a haul style van, with dove tail ramp.

Why is there a need for the SRW van? is this something you already have? Is there a space or maneuverability issues?

If you want to use a SRW van, you could still have a ramp made to do this,
Super lawn trucks will make you the ramp, probably cost about 2200 bucks.

Get a stand on unit like a Grandstand that will let you operate it by walking behind it… then you can walk it in and out like anything else.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:22 AM
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Get a stand on unit like a Grandstand that will let you operate it by walking behind it… then you can walk it in and out like anything else.
or a walk behind period!
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:29 AM
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You don't have enough room.

Your body is going to extend approximately 36" above the seat. That means the seat can be no higher than 12" off the ground. With 18" or 20" tires and a seat that is at least 6" above that you would need about 60" - 62" of clearance. You will be risking decapitating yourself every time you load your mower.
I'm with this guy. Every time someone talks about using a van on here I'm reminded of the link from a few years ago where a guy got killed offloading a ride on spreader from the back of a van. He got pinched between the machine and the roof.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:48 PM
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Very useful advice. I contacted handyramp and they said their ramp would run my ~$800 which isn't too bad in my opinion compared to the cost/inconvenience of storage. The 12v winch link got me a little interested, too bad it got bad reviews.

To answer your question- I already owned this van, I would have went with a pickup otherwise.

Maybe I"m stubborn but I'm sold on this ramp + zero turn combo. I can leave it stored in there just as if it's a trailer.... But I will be careful and be sure to pull it into the van and not drive it. Thanks for the help
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:16 PM
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Why don't you sell the van and purchase a vehicle that is better suited for your needs?
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:41 AM
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You could install a power lift gate fairly cheaply ,I see them often for $500 used in the pick up truck size ,or you might be able to use a power wheelchair lift if they have enough capacity .
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:17 AM
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There's a guy in my area who uses a sprinter van with a 48" walker. He has a ramp built into it somehow. Seems like a pretty neat setup. He only works on smallish yards and does fertilization as well. If I didn't love trucks so much, I'd consider that setup.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:14 PM
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Just thought I'd follow up on this thread since I started it. I finally got everything together with my business and today I finally received my ztr and pulled it into the back of my van via a harbor freight winch. I think I may have broken the winch because the cable jumped outside its housing and started wrapping around the axle but other than that it pulled it in just fine!



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Old 07-17-2014, 08:21 PM
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Turned out real nice congrats!

What size deck is the mower?
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