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Grit dog

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Posted: 05/23/22 11:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Issue with OP using premade ramps is, you only get one height and it's a TC and having 3 ramps is not exactly portable or practical on the road.


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No you drive up part way till height is right

Yes awkward to store


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BFL13 wrote:

mkirsch wrote:

So your subject says "UPDATE-Fixed!"

How did you "fix" it?

IMHO for leveling you should always put blocks under two wheels at a time. Need to level side-to-side? Put blocks under the front and rear wheels on that side. Need to level front to back? Put blocks under both front or rear wheels as needed.

This will mean that one wheel will have more blocks than the other three, and one wheel will have no blocks, but they will all be on the same level plane, and no twisting.

What you did here was lift the left front corner higher than the other three wheels. The truck is kind of "balancing" on the left front and right rear, with the other two wheels providing stability. Not a problem short term but as Grit Dog says you probably don't want to make a habit of it.


As reported earlier 21 May at 1117 (unless you don't have that post yet [emoticon] ) I fixed it by using three Rhino ramps instead of just one as in the OP.

First I used one for the back left to get that end sideways level. That left the front low but no more twist seen above the cab. Then I used one under each front tire to get the whole rig level front to back.

The right rear is on the ground.


I don't see any post like that.


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BFL13 wrote:

No you drive up part way till height is right

Yes awkward to store


And really silly. That is the equivalent of parking your vehicle on like a 33% grade! Well 3 outta 4 wheels anyway...

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mkirsch wrote:



I don't see any post like that.


No, you're right, OPs update of his first post did not add the explanation of the adding 2 more ramps. Only mentioned further down in the thread, but of no consequence really.
I'd only "park" on a slope like that if necessary, not by design.

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Same length? Sometimes. As long as they're long enough to get the tire fully on the stack, that's good. Sometimes they're pieces I cut for ramp blocks sometimes random lumber, sometimes they split and then start the next campfire!
I found bigger truck tires seem to be just big enough to drive up on stair stepped 2x material without kicking them out, if they're all shoved up against the tire. Wouldn't work with smaller diameter wheels like on my trailers, but leftover 5/4 decking (1" thick) works the same under smaller dia wheels.


I must be hard of understanding. If I stack up 3 2X 12s all a foot long, I would think the tire would push top off instead of climbing. OTOH, put a 10 inch on top a 12 inch on top of a 14 inch, likely will walk up with no trouble. Even with my 13 inch trailer tires.

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I use 2x6's under my tires s they're easy to store in my little cubbies. The key to driving up on a stack is idling up in 4 Low (4x4 low range), you can climb up a stack of three without any problem.


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I have some blocks of 4x6 I use to level. Put it in 4-low and creep right up the blocks. I am not going 2" increments and only use the 4" step or find a different spot.


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JRscooby wrote:


I must be hard of understanding. If I stack up 3 2X 12s all a foot long, I would think the tire would push top off instead of climbing. OTOH, put a 10 inch on top a 12 inch on top of a 14 inch, likely will walk up with no trouble. Even with my 13 inch trailer tires.


Sorry if I was unclear, yes, stair stepped. I jsut jamb all the boards against the tire and that stair steps them enough to climb up.

And like morsnow said, I have used 4wd or 4lo to ease up them (mainly because my old truck was a manual trans with a on/off clutch, not much slipping to be had to ease into something).

4wd aldo helps to pull the wheel up without kicking the boards out vs pushing a non driven tire onto the boards.

I generally used 2x6s or occasionally pull onto a 4x4 like bedlam.

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