Material for trailer ramps

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  1. Rotor-Man

    Rotor-Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Would like to have some advice on building some iron ramps that will flip up and down on the trailer to load and unload a Case Mini-Sneaker [ about 1800lbs.]. What size angle iron should I use to make sure they are strong enough. Or if anyone knows of a place to buy ramps already made.
  2. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    if i were building a ramp to hold about a ton, i would use maybe 1 1/2" -2" square tube, you might try a 2"x 2" or 3"x 3" in angle, better it's built heavy and strong.:)
  3. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    I have two trailers with two different types of ramps, Both 7000 lbs gvws. One set of ramps are 2x2 angle runners with 2x2 angle crosspieces made to look like a small ladder. these ramps tend to bow under excess weight. The other set of ramps are made out of 3 inch channel runners with 2x2 angle crosspeices. These ramps hold up real well even loading a 4600 ford tractor with a loader bucket. Also the 3 inch channel is big enough to cut holes into to run a 1 1/2 inch round bar through the end of for a hinge to make the ramps fold up. Also makes the ramps ajustable for different width wheel based vehicles as all you have to do is slide the ramps from side to side. I keep the ramps folded up and secured with a small chain that is wielded to the side of the trailer and hooks onto the side of the ramps. Both sets of ramps are about 4 ft long.

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