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Full size van ramps! Only one catch....

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 360ci, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That would be easy to fabricate a ramp like that out of steel. Plus it wouldnt cost that much, and you could use expanded steel to save weight.
  3. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm running out of a van this year. I am in the process of putting together ideas to fabricate a ramp like that of an open trailer. If when I get something put together I'll post some pictures.

    I really like using the van its very nice to not have a trailer and to also have all my equipment nice and dry all day.

    Right now I am using some 2" X 10" planks for ramps and they are working out better than expected.

    I was going to start a thread on this topic to see if anybody has any ideas or pictures of van ramps?

  4. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Forgot to add I can post more pictures of my current set-up if anyone is interested, or I might start another thread?
  5. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sure, post 'm up! I thought about getting another Sprinter (2500) for lawn care work during the summer months, and I can use it as a project van during the winter. Cargo's are fairly low priced now a days. I'd just like to be able to stand up inside, and a long wheelbase would provide more room as well, not to mention the diesel mileage, keeping everything dry as you had mentioned, and most important, security.
  6. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Van is a 91 GMC 3/4 Ton. Years ago we put in a plywood wall to keep down the fumes from a generator we used to haul in it.

    I will be putting in a roof vent.



  7. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not bad at all! I've been eyeballing used cargo's. GM seems to be the better deal. I can get a 2500 4.8L a few years old for just over five figures, with decent mileage and with all certificates ready for the road. Add in another couple thousand to retrofit and it'll get decent mileage for the cost, and the security is there. Sprinter is still #1 in my book though.

    The ol' faithful Vandura vans are few and far between in my area. One with a 5.0L V8 would be great, even for occasionally pulling a trailer. I had a '90 GMC C1500 ext cab, and it was a great truck, but it succumbed to too much rust before I had to part it out. 175hp 305 V8 ran fantastic and never gave me a problem in 318,000kms.
  8. keeman

    keeman LawnSite Member
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    Cool setup with the van! I am running out of a F150, trying to put together a setup for some ramps and maybe some racks
  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    For running out of a pick-up I would model it after the ramps that use the receiver.

  10. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i was going to ask about fumes man, seems dangerous!. by the way, girl in the pic is cute! ha

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