Levelling Ramps Problem

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  1. mick noe

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    we use millenco triple levelling ramps and do need them even on level ground as rear is always higher than front even fully loaded with scooter in the garage. But when I apply handbrake it always moves back a couple of inches (seems to be as the brakes take up the load [alco chasis]) this nearly always sets the tyres on the pointed ridge between the 'cups ' that the tyres are meant to sit in. I am worried this will damage the tyres in time. has anybody made there own ramps and if so out of what? as the flat top type do not appear to be made in high enough versions.
     
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    You could attach a thick board in marine ply to the flat top ramps-that ensures they sit flat and raises them by whatever thickness you choose.
     
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    When you have reached the height you want to be at...

    Put the handbrake on and put the vehicle in first gear and turn off the engine .. let the clutch up and this will normally stop that bit of a backward run.. (y)

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    Or drive a couple of inches further up the ramps
     
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    My Brother-in-law made his own levelling ramps many many years ago..... he used hard wood salvaged from furniture dumped at the local tip.
     
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    Probably lighter than the Milenco Quattro ramps as well .......... ;)
     
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    Probably not......... he did try to sell the design (it was before the availability of the Milenco offerings). Not sure how successful he was. I do know he had some plastic mouldings done for them.
     
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    That is what we do, aiming not to overshoot again.
     
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    Again?????? It is one of my fears that I will overshoot as I usually drive the van onto the ramps.

    Generally I do as @old-mo suggests...... letting the foot brake off ever so slowly :)
     
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    the easiest answer is to select a site that makes you level in the first place. never used them in the last 45 years.
     
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    One of my greatest fears as well.......... apart from growing old and losing my feathers, that is ;)
     
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    Not so easy when a lot of vehicles have a higher stance at the rear axle compared with the front, though
     
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    well maybe I have just been lucky with my last 14 vans, depends how out of level you are prepared to put up with I suppose.
     
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    You wouldn't accept your house not being level so why accept it in your van.
     
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    My ramps have the scars to prove that sometimes, co-pilots get distracted when guiding the driver up ramps. To be fair, we were trying to get three wheels onto ramps but hand signals to continue should stop once the top has been reached - not after.
     
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    One and the same for me. I got rid of my levelling ramps donkeys years ago and will park at whatever angle the land says I must be at. Got a sponge for bailing the shower out and other than that I don't notice any slope.

    I really hope no one else decides that having the van level is essential, I got rid of my TV at the same time as the levelling blocks went so the entertainment value of watching either motorhomers spend hours getting level or caravanners setting up is priceless :whistle::p:LOL:
     
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    I prefer not to roll out of bed, crush swmbo or get scalded by kettles sliding off the hob when we are not level ish.
     
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    Must admit I am too lazy to dig them out. I try to choose the most level I can get to save mum complaining the water isnt running away properly.
    Unless the slope is bad then why bother.
     
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    You could get someone to chock the rear wheels before you turn the engine off ( of course you need to buy decent chocks first)
    We rarely use ours and have often seen vans on chocks on level sites when the van is clearly at an angle and wonder why.....
     
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    You haven't seen our house!
     
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