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Old 10-04-2015, 11:43 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by KAS View Post
Yeah, with a few sticks of dynamite!
A Bob Cat might be safer ???
LOL !!!

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Old 10-06-2015, 03:34 PM   #32
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Front end of a Ford E-450 shouldn't be over 5,000lbs. That's 'only' 2,500lbs each tire... Should be able to find truck type DIY oil change ramps that exceed 1.25 tons each. 2 ton capacity each would add a nice margin of safety.

However they won't get you 2ft of added height. As the average DIY oil changer with beer belly only needs about 2ft total clearance to crawl under and wrench.😏

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Old 10-06-2015, 03:59 PM   #33
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wooden ramps...

Originally Posted by waiter21 View Post
raising the front tires two feet to make it level is a lot. Airbags or jacks would be a good first choice.

To get an idea what this might look like I drew up a 16 inch high ramp that is a little over 5 ft long. You would need 4 2x8 that are 8 ft long. (assume the 2x8 are 1 5/8 thick) for each ramp. These would be heavy.

Regardless, I would chock the rear wheels to make sure it cannot roll down the drive.

I did exactly that as you have drawn it, but instead bought a few 12 inch WIDE planks at Lowes, and then had THEM cut each piece for me. 12" willl give you a little more leeway and wiggle room as you ramp the tires up onto each new plateau. I only need a foot in height for my driveway. Back her in up to the house, push the ramps up to each front tire, and then slowly roll on up...make sure someone spots for you when you are near the top one and make sure you center your tire front-to-back on the top plateau so that it rests flat on the wood, not on an edge! Chock it well and viola! Oh yeah, those bastards ARE heavy but I solved the problem by making my wife carry them out from the garage and center them for me...ha ha?

PS: Oh yeah...additionally I use these planks when I "winter" my unit (Solera 24S) besides my house, and even in the summer when parked there. This way the rain
will easily drain off the roof from every area and not well up.

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