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#4497100 - 08/24/17 03:29 PM Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY?
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 2011
Loc: VA
I am planning to pick up a sport bike and planning to rent a truck.

Hence need loading ramps. Should I make then with 2x4's? Or any other creative(cheap) ideas?

Is there a place which can rent those for one time use?

Thanks for all the help smile
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#4497109 - 08/24/17 03:41 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4774
Loc: MA
Isn't it called Home Depot? Some 2x10 or 2x12 or whatever you need. Keep the receipt and return within 90 days...

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#4497119 - 08/24/17 03:51 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 12/08/06
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Loc: Illinois
https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/Motorcycle-Trailer-Rental/MT/

Nice and low to the ground, comes with a convenient ramp.
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#4497122 - 08/24/17 03:54 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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If you have something or can borrow something that can tow it, the UHaul motorcycle trailer would make this much easier.
It's $24.95 a day. What will a ramp cost you?





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#4497130 - 08/24/17 04:05 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 2011
Loc: VA
Thanks very much guys, I have a Civic and have no problem towing a U-Haul trailer. But I don't have a tow hitch installed on it frown
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#4497144 - 08/24/17 04:29 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: Wolf359]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
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Originally Posted By: Wolf359
Isn't it called Home Depot? Some 2x10 or 2x12 or whatever you need. Keep the receipt and return within 90 days...
Thanks thumbsup
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#4497208 - 08/24/17 06:06 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
DuckRyder Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 4216
Loc: Atlanta
You can probably pick up some ends designed for a 2x10 at Home depot as well, they make it much easier. I don’t think drilled 2x10s will be returnable. (Not that I’d advocate returning used 2x10s anyway.

Got any steep banks at the pick up and drop off locations, that works too if you can find one the truck will back uo to.

Sport bikes frequently have clearance issues with short ramps too.


Edited by DuckRyder (08/24/17 06:07 PM)
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#4497283 - 08/24/17 08:08 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 05/21/12
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As you saw in the fails video, the break over between the bed and tailgate is a killer.

Make them long. Loading into my truck with my HF ramps is a pain.
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#4497367 - 08/24/17 09:50 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
KD0AXS Offline


Registered: 11/13/12
Posts: 2442
Loc: Nowthen, MN
If you're going to be renting a truck anyway, just rent a 15 foot Uhaul. They have a built in ramp. This is the second smallest size, the 10 foot truck doesn't have a ramp. These are only $29.95 plus mileage.



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#4497385 - 08/24/17 10:25 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 2011
Loc: VA
They charge by mileage and it's almost 180 miles RT to get the bike and this things will cost me a fortune!
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#4497399 - 08/24/17 10:59 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
AVB Offline


Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1283
Loc: Georgia
Get some help? Generally two people can load a bike, 3 would be better. The third doesn't need to be strong, just guide and support the front end after it is lifted on to the truck.

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#4497404 - 08/24/17 11:16 PM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
KD0AXS Offline


Registered: 11/13/12
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Loc: Nowthen, MN
Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
They charge by mileage and it's almost 180 miles RT to get the bike and this things will cost me a fortune!


Do you have a rental place in your area that doesn't charge mileage? With the exception of the pickups you can rent hourly from Home Depot, I've never seen rental place that doesn't charge mileage, whether it's a pickup or a full size moving truck.

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#4497418 - 08/25/17 12:13 AM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 05/20/13
Posts: 1810
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
I've always pushed or rode the bike up an incline, backed the truck up to that incline, and pushed the bike, on the ramp (I made one 8 feet long) onto the bed.

The one time I loaded with the same ramp from a level location, I caught the back of the fender and bent the struts (Big Twin FLH). Probably would have worked fine with a bobbed fender. You generally catch the bottom of the frame on the bike as well in that transfer point where the ramp meets the tailgate or truck bed if you drop the tailgate, but it can be manhandled up and the frame itself protects everything from damage.

You have to watch that the ramp doesn't move off the truck bed or tailgate, that can happen and you don't want that kind of disaster. Might mean a trip to the hospital and a cast, or worse.

I also built a motorcycle work stand, I think it is 24" tall, out of 2x4's and a sheet of plywood, 4x8. That worked great with the 8 foot ramps, and although it was heavy and needed two people to move, you could place the work stand in a suitable location, use the ramp to move the bike on the stand, and then once again (like using the incline) moved the truck in place, using the ramp, move the bike from the work stand to the truck bed.

Probably not a solution for you unless you want to work on the bike in your shop at a comfortable height, but if so, worth considering building one. I have to say it was over-engineered in a Caveman sort of way; if I was to do it again I'd make it lighter, as it doesn't have to be as heavy as I built it to support 800 or so pounds. Maybe use ripped 2x4s (2x2's) instead, for example.

The Home Depot solution, using 2x10's or 2x12's (floor joists) that are more than 8 feet long can work, but it's a narrow perch unless you use four or more side by side. I've used two twelve footers, and there were no disasters, but it's pretty narrow.
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#4497444 - 08/25/17 02:04 AM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 01/27/17
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Loc: USA
Most portable ramps and planks are very narrow and dangerous for heavier bikes.

If you live near an industrial district or grain elevator near a railroad spur, you will often find old earthen or concrete ramps you can back the truck right up to.


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#4497469 - 08/25/17 05:38 AM Re: Truck Loading Ramps - Rental or a DIY? [Re: maverickfhs]
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