Need Ramp Help - Question & Pictures

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by pgiambat, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. pgiambat

    pgiambat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I have a new truck. My 8' bed 95 F150 was totalled a month ago. I run my business out of the back of my truck. I only run a 36" Scag and a trimmer, blower and a few other things. I used two 8' 2x8 ramps with aluminum ramp ends to get my mower in and out, it worked great.
    Now I have a '98 F150 4x4 and the bed is shorter and the tailgate is higher.
    Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do to get my 36" into the back of my new truck and still put the ramps in the back of the 6.5' bed without the ramps sticking out? What sort of ramp construction could I use and still keep things pretty affordable?
    Any ideas would be appreciated.

    Below is a drawing I made up to help illustrate the the before and my current idea.


    Pat G.
  2. foggyjr5

    foggyjr5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I have a set of 7.5' ramps, that are arched. I use them to get my ATV with my blade on it, in and out of my truck. I have a 94 f-250, and i know what you are talking about being high. I paid like 100 bucks for mine. I think that 2x8's would have been a little cheaper though. Just my 2 cents
  3. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    There was a really nice looking solid ramp that attached to or relaced the tailgate and looked REALLY heavy-duty but I can't remember the name of it. It was on a website and the picture showed a small tractor riding up the ramp to demonstrate the load it is made for. Also, I think it is a sold sheet of metal (not like bars going across) that telescopes into itself and looks like aluminum color. Hopefully somebody will remember what I'm talking about and chime in. Definately worth considering. . .
  4. pgiambat

    pgiambat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    How long is your bed? Do the arched ramps fit in your bed with the tailgate up?

    I saw the same ramps you are talking about. Out on the net, the attach to the truck and you have to take the tailgate off.

    I want the ramps to go in the back and to close the tailgate. I also put sides on my truck to keep eyes and hands out as much as possible.
    I'll figure something out. I'll use 8' ramps if I have to and drill holes in them and put a chain through and padlock them to my mower. I chain up my blower and trimmer.
  5. Landscape25

    Landscape25 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 199


    I got a catalog today that had some in there. One was aluminum and less than 6'. It folded too. There were a couple others also. The aluminum was $145.00. I don't think I can mention the name though.
  6. pgiambat

    pgiambat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Thanks for the tip on the ramps you can't mention in the magazine you can't mention. Maybe you can tell me what they 'rhyme' with and I can figure out the rest.
  7. green_mark

    green_mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    Take a look at

    I think this may be what you are looking for.

    It latches to where your existing tailgate was and takes us zero truck bed space.
  8. Landscape25

    Landscape25 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 199

    Oh well I mentioned other names yesterday, I haven't been banned yet, so it was Gempler's. They have a web page. I am not in the ramp business so I am not profiting from this.
  9. bigshoe

    bigshoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    Green mark here is the web site for gemplers, and here is the ramps that came up with there search. I have never used any of them so I have no idea if they are good or not! Hope this helps.
    Here is another place that sells them also looks like they have more.


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