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Old 03-21-2015, 08:01 PM   #11
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Great work Tunce the traveler! I like your mods very much. The photos show your work in great detail too. Very helpful! I'll keep the mods in mind for our trailer. A question though if you don't mind. When the trailer is hooked up, do you use the ramp on one of the side passenger doors? If so, how do you secure it there.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:30 PM   #12
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I used nuts and bolts in the center step but on the bottom step when I used the same nut the step wouldn't fold up flat so I had to use a different style nut (thiner) and (thiner bolt) so it would close properly. Couldn't get a pic of it tonight because it's raining and I have to lay down to see it. Check back Tomorrow and I'll take one off so you can see what I used.
In order to use the ramp when the car is hooked up to the TT I turn the car as far to the right or left as I can, I still can't hook it but my wife puts her foot on the bottom of the ramp so it doesn't slide off and I guide Tunce down. It's not the safest but it's worked so far. Oh, and if you put a real slight bend in the riser it will stay up all by itself and just lower it when you want to. They fold forward so you can leave them down an still use the step like it's not even there.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:37 PM   #13
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On our most recent trip (last week) I had to lift my 10 year old lady boxer into the trailer; it may now be time to consider something like this. Very helpful to know that carpet beats sandpaper. Sassy thanks you.


EDIT: It seems like just a few short years ago all that grey was a deep black. When swimming in the Dog River (Mobile, Al) she looked like an alligator - with just those eyes above the rivers water.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I ordered the one Chixdigit suggested on Amazon and will use some of your ideas to modify it so it works for my hound dog. I'll post a picture of her using the ramp (hopefully) when it arrives.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:40 AM   #15
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I used nuts and bolts in the center step but on the bottom step when I used the same nut the step wouldn't fold up flat so I had to use a different style nut (thiner) and (thiner bolt) so it would close properly. Couldn't get a pic of it tonight because it's raining and I have to lay down to see it. Check back Tomorrow and I'll take one off so you can see what I used.
In order to use the ramp when the car is hooked up to the TT I turn the car as far to the right or left as I can, I still can't hook it but my wife puts her foot on the bottom of the ramp so it doesn't slide off and I guide Tunce down. It's not the safest but it's worked so far. Oh, and if you put a real slight bend in the riser it will stay up all by itself and just lower it when you want to. They fold forward so you can leave them down an still use the step like it's not even there.
More great info! After looking more closely at your original photos I saw the nuts and bolts and edited my last reply. But, that last photo makes it even more clear. Where did you buy the risers from? I was thinking I could go to a local metal fab shop to have some made. Thanks for the help Tunce!

Travelbug422, I'll probably order the same one as you from Amazon. It's nearly half the cost of the one at CW. Thanks for starting this conversation too. Can't wait to see your pics!
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More great info! After looking more closely at your original photos I saw the nuts and bolts and edited my last reply. But, that last photo makes it even more clear. Where did you buy the risers from? I was thinking I could go to a local metal fab shop to have some made. Thanks for the help Tunce!

Travelbug422, I'll probably order the same one as you from Amazon. It's nearly half the cost of the one at CW. Thanks for starting this conversation too. Can't wait to see your pics!
I have 3 steps and in order for them to fold up properly I needed to use a thiner nut and bolt on the first step only, so this photo shows what I used. I too went to a metal fab shop for the steel riser. My riser cut size was 6-3/4x 21-1/2 (NOTE: yours might not be the same size.

In order for this nut/bolt combination to tighten down properly I needed a spacer so I used this steel/rubber washer and they have never loosened up in the past year and a half.
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The bottom step using those fasteners on the riser.
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