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Grit dog

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Posted: 05/05/21 10:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So although I basically don’t even have time to replace the batteries and get everything up to snuff on the new camper, already thinking about making the back into a patio on our new to us Torque XLT T29
Sounded cheesy to me at first, but we mostly do summer camping and it has the rear screen wall, so leaving the ramp door open when ya can will be awesome!
Appears the ramp is rated for it as its advertised with that model, ours just doesn’t have the option on it.
Not interested in the $1000+ fence and stair setup. Just the cables and a step stool for access.
Anyone made their own?
I’ve found a couple “kits” all inclusive with the fencing and all and they’re $$$. One place makes a cable kit for like $175.
But looking at it, for under $50 in parts, it seems pretty easy to do with a trip to the hardware store and Amazon. Might even do epoxy swaged ends.

Anyone roll their own here and experience with it?
Adjustability? I can see adding a turnbuckle to each cable could be good, but assuming I just use Crosby clips and don’t swage the ends, I can make them the exact same length and still adjust if for some reason one cable is taking more load.


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Posted: 05/05/21 12:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I haven't seen any pictures lately, but plenty of people have posted pics here over the years. It's not a hard job.

If you can, go visit a few local dealers and pretend you're kicking tires. Take a look at how the cables are anchored.

I've also seen people fab braces out of jack stands, but that looks pretty iffy to me.

As far as the fence goes, as long as you don't have dogs or little kids, you should be OK.

As I type this though, I just remembered a friend in our group whose cables broke while he was standing on his ramp. He had his infant granddaughter in his arms at the time and had to tuck and roll to protect her. It was insane to see. This was on a bluff overlooking the beach, and he was lucky he didn't have one of the spots where his ramp cantilevered over the bluff.

Be careful and go ahead and over-engineer it.


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Posted: 05/05/21 03:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it's an option and they already have the strong points to tie into, you just need a set of cables of the appropriate length.

Alternatively, you could get a couple of adjustable legs and run a board across the rubber stops that normally sit on the ground. Just need a way to secure it to the outside of the door.


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I did it back with our 2005 Raptor. Let me see if I still have my write up and photos.


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Appreciate y’all sharing.
I U Toobed it and basically how I thought.
This one already has holes in the upper gussets of the frame so good point I think to anchor up top without having to mount brackets up there.
On the ramp, some heavy duty 2 bolt tie down brackets, through bolted through the frame and make up the right length cables.
The idea of folding legs or a stringer and a couple adjustable screw type stands crossed my mind as well. Would be the “no drill” solution, but hanging it off cables seems much handier.

If I have any babies or grand babies to hold anytime in the near future, someone’s in trouble! But I won’t swear I won’t stumble off of it without a fence if uncle whiskey is on a roll!
Kids got the camper washed up today. It shines up as good as I had hoped! Really stoked about that.
Got a list of a good dozen things or more to repair , change or get prepped before we ready to roll out. But that’s ok. Wife still recuperating from heart surgery and youngest boy has hockey practice and tryouts for next year, the next 2 weekends.
I literally have not been home before 9pm the last 4 nights. Haven’t actually seen it in the daylight since Sunday so no time to even start on it.

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Here are some photos from what I did. That's all I've got I can't the write up I'd done. Good luck!
Ramp Door 1
Ramp Door 2
Ramp Door 3
Ramp Door 4

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^Thanks
Yes that looks very similar to what I was thinking. Appreciate you sharing that.

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You bet, as I recall I found upgraded eye bolts at one of the specialty fastener stores; like Tacoma Screw - probably overkill but made me feel safer.

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^ Yes, load rated eye bolts. Makes sense.
I think I'll use something like a 2 bolt D ring type tiedown on the ramp door.

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Grit dog wrote:

^ Yes, load rated eye bolts. Makes sense.
I think I'll use something like a 2 bolt D ring type tiedown on the ramp door.


I did like Y Guy. Took trailer in to factory once for warranty work and they thought the eyebolts were factory installed and welded them shut. Seems that Rage'n or WW execs were using the ramp on their personal rig as a deck and the eyebolts failed, dumping everyone on the deck in the river/lake. So the directive was to weld them up anytime they saw them. Would have been great to see Warmuth dumped in the drink.


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