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    About this time 3 years ago Lippert graciously (BS) sent me a new ramp to replace the one that was not sealed correctly and was falling apart(warranty). This is a known and common problem with toy haulers and Lippert ramps. They said they would provide the ramp but I would have to pay shipping (just over $1,000). To build it they needed the VIN of the RV and the serial number on the ramp to make sure it would fit. When I received it I measured the dimensions to make sure they were correct. Due to our hectic schedule the RV hasn't been used much since it was received and it got stored until today. We are taking some extended trips soon and had to put the new ramp on as the old one was to the point I wasn't sure about walking on it much less loading the bike. I recruited friends and kinfolk to help with the job as the ramp weighs abt 350 lbs. Think an 8' x 8' square weighing 350 lbs with no handles or anything else to grab. We got the old ramp off and put the new one into the frame to bolt up the spring loaded hinges. UH-OH. It has 6 spring loaded hinges with 2 bolts each (12 total) to mount the ramp to the frame. We had 3 bolt holes that lined up. The rest were up to 2" off. After looking we were lucky to have that many. The hinges on the ramp were nowhere close to being in the same places. GRRR. Luckily the frame was thick enough that 10 of the 12 bolts were screwed into it and the other two were safety(?) and bolted thru the frame itself. We marked, drilled, and tapped 9 holes in the frame. The other was too close to an existing hole to drill and tap a new one. Needless to say a simple job except for the weight manhandling turned into Murphy's Law.

    I'm now waiting on the rubber gaskets to get here to finish the job.
    Clif and Millie
    Mabank, TX (sorta)
    2015 Chevrolet 3500 LTZ Allison/Duramax Dually
    2015 Heartland Cyclone CY3418 Toy Hauler
    2005 HD Dyna Super Glide

  • #2
    sadly Lippert is the major player in the RV components market and they have brought that level of ineptness to their entire line .... glad you were able to make it work .... hope you will be able to adapt the gasket as well
    Jim
    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
    '17 Elio reserved

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    • #3
      Don’t you just love it when a plan doesn’t come together as you thought it would. As a general rule I try to steer clear of anything Lippert. It’s getting very hard to do anymore because they have put their fingers into just about everything RV related. Glad you were able to have to know how and tools to get Lipperts good fixed.
      David & Bonnie (2 new kitties, one male, one female)
      2004 Sunnybrook Titan 31 BWKS w/bed slide
      Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch 16K with 21K bars
      5th AIRBORNE Pinbox Roto Choks
      Custom 2" pinbox receiver Bike Rack
      Externabond Roof Seams
      Wet Bolt Kit
      7K Nev-R-Adjust Brakes

      2004 Sliverado Dually D/A
      GM Racor primary filter, 98 Gal. Transfer tank
      Thanks to BC Jim for all his help

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      • #4
        I am surprised the door weighed that much. Had a toy hauler with one of their doors and it is truly NOT a masterpiece of engineering... Saw this on another forum and it sounds like Cliff wrote this as well as the note in this thread!
        https://heartlandowners.org/showthre...r-Construction
        wiredgeorge Mico TX
        1996 F250 7.5L 2002 Keystone Cougar 278EFS

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        • #5
          It's not isolated to the RV industry. I purchased an enclosed cargo trailer from Haulmark. Suffice to say... I was the a salesperson's dream as I added darn near every upgrade they had available.
          - 5k axles
          - checker vinyl floor
          - e track in the floor
          - finished interior walls and ceiling
          - interior lights
          - aluminum wheels
          - stainless everywhere...
          - etc etc etc

          Once it was built and delivered, I noticed a sticker on the rear ramp... "DO NOT EXCEED 2,000lbs". Hmmm....
          I called Haulmark. Sure enough. Ramp is only rated to handle 2k pounds. Tech on the phone said "It's not a problem since the axles only carry 6k pounds combined." When I informed him that I upgraded my axles to 5k... thus 10k combined... his response was telling. "Oh. Ummmm....."

          Their suggested solution was that I should bring the trailer to them - they would take off the ramp door - and install another one. All for the low low cost of $1150. I declined.

          I took the trailer to a local farmer. He took off the inside covering of the door - welded in additional metal supports - then installed a heavier hinge along the bottom. All for the low low price of $200 - I help - and two cases of beer.

          Done and done.
          Jeff, Julie, Cameron, & Taylor Lockhart - Wauconda, IL

          2012 F-250 FX4 6.7 Powerstroke Diesel Lariat
          2011 Jayco 365BHS 5'er

          "Cram-A-Lot Inn"
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          • #6
            I like people that work for beer. They usually do very good work providing they do the work before happy hour or before the beer is consumed.
            David & Bonnie (2 new kitties, one male, one female)
            2004 Sunnybrook Titan 31 BWKS w/bed slide
            Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch 16K with 21K bars
            5th AIRBORNE Pinbox Roto Choks
            Custom 2" pinbox receiver Bike Rack
            Externabond Roof Seams
            Wet Bolt Kit
            7K Nev-R-Adjust Brakes

            2004 Sliverado Dually D/A
            GM Racor primary filter, 98 Gal. Transfer tank
            Thanks to BC Jim for all his help

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            • #7
              It is a common problem to TH's across the line, all brands. We have one going on the Jayco forum also. Seems like the consensus is to have it sprayed with LineX to seal all the holes?
              2011 Jayco Eagle 351RLTS, MorRyde hitchpin
              06 F350 Lariat PSD CC,LB,SRW, 3.73, EGR delete kit,Timbrens
              16K DrawTite, LineX
              His and Hers Ocean Kayaks, TST TPMS
              Elle and BJ

              In the past:
              97 27RKFS SB
              04 30RKFS SB Titan

              "Don't let yesterday take up to much of your today." Will Rogers

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bkins View Post
                I like people that work for beer. They usually do very good work providing they do the work before happy hour or before the beer is consumed.
                Amen brother... amen
                Jeff, Julie, Cameron, & Taylor Lockhart - Wauconda, IL

                2012 F-250 FX4 6.7 Powerstroke Diesel Lariat
                2011 Jayco 365BHS 5'er

                "Cram-A-Lot Inn"
                sigpic

                Visit our family online - www.thelockharts.com
                Find us / "friend" us on social websites - Facebook

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                • #9
                  Jeff That would work in your case where you have a frame to work with. This ramp is pressure laminated fiberglass, stryrofoam, thin layer of luan, and a cover of sand impregnated something for traction. The aluminum you see is just trim to protect the edges and funnel the water to the inside. I have been wondering where the weight is but trust me it's there.

                  I'll post some pictures when my phone decides to cooperate and not delete everything.
                  Clif and Millie
                  Mabank, TX (sorta)
                  2015 Chevrolet 3500 LTZ Allison/Duramax Dually
                  2015 Heartland Cyclone CY3418 Toy Hauler
                  2005 HD Dyna Super Glide

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