Originally Posted by WolfWhistle
Congratulations, nice buy and welcome to the forum. I hope you find it as helpful as I have. I have a 2012 21RR (also bought used) and am here to help you anyway I know how. As far as the ramp, just use the search function several good ideas here. I made a 4' x 3' ramp out of scrap aluminum (called diamond tread (not plate)) and hinged from the back edge of the ramp with heavy duty strap hinges. I have 11" blocks that set the back edge of the ramp on, which lessens the angle at the top of the ramp (ramp to floor), when the ramp extension is folded to the ground. There are other ways to get it done. It is possible, to jack the tongue all way up, which lessens the angle. I just don't like raising and lowering it to load or unload the bike. Clint
Clint, I too have tipped the trailer, put blocks, wheel chocks, etc. under the edge of the ramp and used different things to get between the ground and the elevated ramp. I would like to take a piece of diamond plate like you did too but I have a question about mounting the hinges. You mentioned you used strap hinges. I am sure you used nuts and bolts to mount the hinge to the diamond plate, but how did you screw the hinges into the trailer's ramp. I was thinking more like a piano hinge would allow all the screws mounting to the trailer's ramp to go into the strip of aluminum on the edge of the ramp. If your hinge screws into the ramp up in the black, anti slip material, did you feel the plywood behind this black anti slip is plenty thick? I just know on the other side of the ramp, the fiberglass layer is very thin (not enough to get a screw to bite into) and then mainly foam.
One other question... your diamond plate "flap" (if you don't mind me calling it a flap).... is it 4' wide and extends the ramp 3', or is it 3' wide and extends your ramp 4'? Just figuring if I was going to make some 11" blocks like you recommend, I have to get the extension of 3' or 4' correct. Thanks for the input.