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Old 12-21-2011, 08:02 PM
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Default ramp length for a deck?

So I have a sled deck with homemade ramps that I absolutely hate.

Was wondering how long of a ramp is really necessary to have to load your sled safely. I have a line on a ramp 7' 4" long but builder said it is too short.

Deck owner, what are your experiences and suggestions?

Here is a link to a local guy I have been talking too. www.MadDogProducts.com

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The ramp on the deck that we have is about eight feet. I will try and get some pictures of it on Friday when we load up.

One other thing is we have a beaver tail that is about foot so it would be more like nine feet.
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Of course it depends on deck height. Mine was on a six inch lifted gmc and it was 10' extendable type. Just right imo. My flatbed ford much lower and a 7' ramp is gravy. Checked out you're link and yes I agree that would be too short for a sled deck.
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The truck is a 2011 dodge stock no mods. I can measure the height of the deck the next time it is on. We did build a beaver tail on it this year so it has to be close to tailgate height. Whatever that is....
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just went out and looked our deck. The ramp is 7'6" with about a 1' beaver tail.
the deck sits at 5'1". I don't think it is to bad to load on.
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now I am really curious to see what height our deck sits at. I don't think it is any higher that 5'1" but I could definately be wrong. Guess if it is too short I can pull the skiddy with to build a ramp wherever we go. LOL!
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move this to the top for those with possible info who use the new posts link. Really appreciate any input anyone has.
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Wes, I just got rid of my fixed side beavertail Silverlake. Ramp was 8' long and the beavertail made a little over 9'. Truck is a 1 ton Dodge with a 6" lift and 35's. Most people couldn't believe how steep it was, but once you get used to it, doesn't even phase you.

My new deck (bobtail) has an extendable ramp with an extra 2' welded on, which makes the overall length about 13'. It sounded good in the Craigslist add, but I honestly think I will end up cutting the extra 2' off...the ramp is just too damn long.

As 777 said, 10' works well for pretty much everyone. The problem is, the extendables and two piece ramps are much heavier and more expensive. IMO, if you can get comfortable on a 8' one piece ramp, you'll be much better off. Also, Silverlake makes a 2' slide in extension for their 1 piece ramps...might be something to look into (can be seen in the pic on the left side toward the bottom with the orange 1M). http://www.sledecks.com/sleddecks.html
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I have a fixed side, beavertail Silverlake on a Dodge 2500 and the 7.6 inch ramp (In my opinion) scared the bejeezus out of me every time I had to load it. I hated loading it... Really.
Dodge's sit a little higher than the rest I hear.



I bought a 3' ramp extension that silverlake sells and now I don't give it a second thought. It was a little challenging to find a place to store the extra part but we found a spot.
Some 3" channel and a little welding and cutting later it stores under the original spot and is easilly added to the standard ramp by one person in a few seconds...

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My Full Lotus has an 11' telescopic. Not steep at all on a stock height GM 2500HD. Only downfall is it takes up more room under the deck.
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