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dedmiston

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Posted: 02/10/21 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's really nice to have, but we don't use it very often.

We've never used it on off-road trips, because the deserts are always windy and dusty (and usually cold when we camp).

The times we've used it at the beach though were amazing. Those beach times have totally made the hassle of the fence worth it. We don't keep the rails attached to the ramp, because they get in the way and they make the ramp so heavy.

One thing to be aware of is that the hardware can get in the way and snag on the frame. It sucks when the ramp won't open because it's stuck. I have to climb inside and push on the ramp to unhook it and get it open. Also, the hardware brackets that the rails attach to stick up and get in the way when you roll your toys down the ramp. I've bent two of the brackets and had to pound them back into shape.

Anyway, the patio rails are unbelievably amazing when you use them, and they're a pain in the butt the rest of the time. They're worth it, but not without a cost.


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My logic on the deck kit is it's one more thing that would irritate the &*@^$ out of me when unloading or loading my toys. You'd have to set the mess up to get it out of the way so you could use the ramp as a ramp


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deltabravo wrote:

My logic on the deck kit is it's one more thing that would irritate the &*@^$ out of me when unloading or loading my toys. You'd have to set the mess up to get it out of the way so you could use the ramp as a ramp


That's 100% correct.

I take mine off and store it in the shed most of the time. I only bring it out when we're going to the beach.

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I think the only time I'd be interested in using the deck if I could land a spot like this. They do a nice job walking through the 395ms also.

https://youtu.be/nYykdajXX3U?t=590

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this post is a very interesting read! my wife and i purchased a genesis supreme overnighter last year. it has a rear door and a rear deck but no ramp gate per say. the rear deck with the awning i installed is our favorite feature. we do use it quite a bit on every trip. now having said that, if i had a rear ramp that converted into a deck i probably would use it. those 3 season doors look very nice but the ones i looked at used brush like material on the top and bottom for seals sort of. that won't keep the bugs out and a screen wall is nice until you zip it up and down a number of times. [image]


we just put a deposit down on a new toyhauler. the overnighter is a very easy to tow unit that works for most couples no doubt. our kids want to start joining us on our dune trips so we need more room. we were spoiled with the fifthwheel toyhauler we had before the overnighter as well. so this go around i ordered a custom toyhauler. 30' oal, 26" box with a custom floor plan and 7k lbs of ccc. now they offer side patio that only protrudes 6" inside so i still have plenty of room for my sand rail. the nice feature is we were able to order it with a standard 30" wide rv door and a 24"x48" tinted sliding window. this way we can lock it. it will seal the bugs out and still has a screen door for the nice parts of the days. we will enjoy this for sure and once i seal the ramp it will be left out unless it's just flat pouring rain. these 3 pics are not of ours. ours is still on the list to be built. we did not order the rear patio set and not sliding door. just a reference of the side patio. i have a screen wall enclosure that will attach to it as well. i ordered our with a rear reversable sofa that fold out into a res queen bed. i did so as they offered a ceiling mount tv system so the couch actually faces the tv!
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ndanecker wrote:

I think the only time I'd be interested in using the deck if I could land a spot like this. They do a nice job walking through the 395ms also.

https://youtu.be/nYykdajXX3U?t=590


that guy is funny. nice video

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We have a XLR Toy Hauler with a screen that pulls down when the ramp is down. I thought it was a neat feature that we would use often. We have used it twice in 9 years. Most campsites are not deep enough to make it practical. I think you would find the same with a rear deck.


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We don't use our rear deck a lot, but when we do, we love it.

On our shorter riding trips, we leave the side rails at home. But on longer trips during nice weather, or trips that don't involve the quads, it's really nice to have.


Children are unpredictable. You never know how high up the wall they're going to drive you!

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fj12ryder wrote:

We had the option to get the ramp/deck when we got our toyhauler, but decided we wouldn't use it enough to justify the cost. And we were right.
How do you know?
Since you don't have it, you do not have the option to use it.

There are quite a few things in my life that I never thought I would like/use: Smart phones, heated mirrors. Heated seats, Heated steering wheel,air conditioned seats, his and hers climate control, fireplace,Lane departure warning... This is only a partial list and only for RVs, trucks(excepting the phone)... But there are many many more.
Heck I still remember black and white TV.... Did not miss color one bit....LOL.


As for the patio... I like it. We always boondock, no matter the weather. sometimes after bad weather clears, it is beautiful outside, but muddy. The patio affords us a mud free way to enjoy the outdoors. And the views can be spectacular



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Huntindog wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:

We had the option to get the ramp/deck when we got our toyhauler, but decided we wouldn't use it enough to justify the cost. And we were right.
How do you know?
Since you don't have it, you do not have the option to use it.

There are quite a few things in my life that I never thought I would like/use: Smart phones, heated mirrors. Heated seats, Heated steering wheel,air conditioned seats, his and hers climate control, fireplace,Lane departure warning... This is only a partial list and only for RVs, trucks(excepting the phone)... But there are many many more.
Heck I still remember black and white TV.... Did not miss color one bit....LOL.


As for the patio... I like it. We always boondock, no matter the weather. sometimes after bad weather clears, it is beautiful outside, but muddy. The patio affords us a mud free way to enjoy the outdoors. And the views can be spectacular
We don't boondock, and most of the places we stay simply wouldn't have enough room for another 8 feet of trailer added to our 40 foot length. And never once has the thought "I'd like to sit outside on our deck" ever come up. We just aren't the sit-around-outside type. If we had it, I can guarantee it would never be used.


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