How to Build Your Own DIY Truck Ramps
Are you tired of lifting your heavy equipment into the bed of your truck? This can be awkward and even lead to injury depending on how much they weigh. Learning how to build your own DIY truck ramps alleviates a lot of the hassle and strain from your jobs. Follow our comprehensive instructions so you don’t have to lift that lawn mower, snow blower or other heavy machinery again. [caption id="attachment_5857" align="aligncenter" width="438"] photo credit[/caption]
Equipment NeededBefore you begin any project, you want to ensure you have all the equipment needed to get the job done right. Here’s a list of items to have handy.
- Ramp top kit brackets
- Tape measure
- Circular saw
- Driver with bits
- Adjustable wrench
- Dust mask
Build Your Own DIY Truck Ramps – Step by Step
- Figure out the angle you want your ramp to sit at.
- Cut your 2x4s to sit flush with the ground.
- Attach plywood to the top of the 2x4s.
- Add support pieces underneath the plywood.
- Attach the ramp top kit to the top of the ramp.
- Paint your surface or consider adding non-skid paint to the ramp.
Safety PrecautionsWhenever you attempt to build something yourself, there are some safety precautions you’ll want to take.
- Wear a dust mask at all time to avoid breathing in debris.
- Wear goggles when cutting lumber.
- Don’t’ drive lawn mowers, ATVs or anything else up or down the ramp. Always push it or winch it.
- Ensure that the top of your ramp is securely in place before using it.
- Inspect the ramps for stability before taking heavy equipment on it.
- If you plan to take heavy or bulky items up and down the ramp, make sure you reinforce your boards.
- If you need to make your ramp higher than 24 inches, add additional reinforcement to the ramp.
- Don’t create a ramp for surfaces the measure higher than 36 inches.
Other DIY Ramp IdeasYou can tweak this idea and make it your own. There are many different plans out there on the Internet worth checking out. Some other good ideas included:
- Adding a hump to the ramp to slow things down.
- Use an old truck bed instead of plywood for your ramp.
- Purchase closet shelves as the underneath of you ramp for support. Lay the plywood across the top.
- Add larger sides to the ramp for additional peace of mind.
- You can create your ramp from one piece or more for additional support.
- Use hinges in your design to make the ramp foldable and easy to store.
- Use wooden dowels in your design for additional support and to put pieces together flush.