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

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

  1. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    Fumes are not really an issue. I will be adding a roof vent but I don't notice any more fumes in the cargo area of the van versus an enclosed trailer. The drivers compartment is almost completely sealed off from the cargo area so no fumes to deal with up there.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    that is a cool way to get it done
  3. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    In the US, some wheelchair vans use similar ramps (usually dropped floor minivans, and typically the ramp is powered and mounted on the side). If you are really interested in such an aluminum ramp, you may want to check out the manufactures of these (or even look for a used one).

  4. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 998

    I had a look at the EnterVan at the dealer last year. It'd be OK for a small walk behind, but for a second mower for instance plus equipment, it doesn't justify the cost. Just to get the ramp alone would have to be modified to work on the rear of the vehicle. It's also fixed, meaning to use the door, you'll have to pull the ramp down/up each time. The link I posted above; ramps made in Austrailia!, fold up just like the one above, but can pivot on one side so you don't have to lower it down to gain access to cargo.

    The only problem is fitment on our vans, versus the Aussie vehicles. The Sprinter is really the only model that we have similar in dimensions. The downside of course, is cost.
  5. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,740

    Are domestic vans capable of accepting a 48 b/tw the wheelwells?
  6. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 998

    Most full size vans, are the same as full size pick-ups. Width between the wheel wells is at least 48" cleared. In most cases, they're 50" to allow some give, when hauling lumber as an example.
  7. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    IIRC mine was 52.5" between the wells. I was looking for a 48" walk behind but found a deal on my Exmark TTHP 36" that I couldn't pass up.
  8. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 998

    I've been shopping around for units as well. Winter is a good time to buy.
  9. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    I have to ask.....What is the string tied to the gear shift for and the chain on the handle for?

  10. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    I know the thread is a little old, just seen I never answered this question.

    The chain is for a Velke.
    The string is tied to the key.

    I am not running out of the van anymore. The only good thing was the how compact it was.

    The cons were:
    No place for shrub trimmings.
    Seemed to get pretty hot with mower, trimmer, blower and edger all in there after running. Never got around to adding the roof vent though.
    Unloading the mower with the planks got old pretty fast. Although if I would have found a decent way to make a gate that wasn't too costly it might not have been too bad.

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