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wvabeer wrote:

I bough cheap heavy duty jack stands at harbor freight to hold it up. whala! a porch.


This is what I plan to do. Knowing how cheaply these things are made, I would worry the door would get damaged with a pair of eye bolts supporting it and people. I know most of the new TH's that have a patio option, have a different door that is reinforced in that area. The Cyclone general manager also recommended jack stands instead of chains on those units that have the standard doors.

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I was thinking of jack stands, which I still might use but there is this one campsite overlooking a river where the deck would be a good 5 feet off the ground.


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I went with the jack-stands along with rubber toppers to prevent any scratching. I also purchased some light duty deer fencing and plastic posts that I can put up around the ramp. The post just push into the ground, then it takes me 5 minutes to mount the fencing to it. This would not work if you were on a concrete pad, but I have never been to a spot (yet)that I couldn't back up far enough to get the ramp portion over soft soil. The end result is my ramp becomes a fenced-in patio that keeps our two Great Danes in. It is nice because we can put their pillow-beds on that while we hang out in camp, no need to tie them up or keep them leashed.


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We have a toyhauler and have both the cable supports and support stand systems. Since we don't boon dock and most back in sites are not long enough to have the door down and many pullthu sites have the same problem of space availible. You also have to either have someone on site while the door is down or take everything apart each time you leave your site. It is a good option for unique positions but not a practical feature. We had planned to enclose ours with the screened in room effect but the hasle of setup and tear down was a drag. I do believe that if your door is designed to hold a #3000 vehicle going up it into your garage I don't think that you would have any strutural problems from cable or stand support system and people sitting on the door.


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We have one of these with the cables. We don't use the room part but still use the canopy and cables to supprt it.. You can fold up the ramp without taking the canopy off. The cables come with turn buckles and C-hooks threaded. Just a matter of drilling holes in the right place on the ramp and ramp frame for the cable supports. Pretty easy. The C hooks attach to the cable loop and through the holes in the ramp door and ramp frame.


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1L243 wrote:

I was thinking of jack stands, which I still might use but there is this one campsite overlooking a river where the deck would be a good 5 feet off the ground.


Thats sounds like a nice place to be.......mind sharing the location?


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The one I was thinking of at the time is a RV Park just outside of North entrance to the Yellowstone Park some of the campsites back up to the Yellowstone River.

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I used chains instead of cables - no stretch and I know they're exactly the same length. The problem with jackstands is that the ground may not be level or even exist under the ramp. I was parked once in New Mexico, where I lowered the ramp/deck and then backed up until it was hanging right out over a small mountain stream. That was coool.





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How are you guys fastening the cable or chain to the top of the Toy Hauler?

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1L243 wrote:

How are you guys fastening the cable or chain to the top of the Toy Hauler?


To the door frame in some manner. Mine had an angle support for bracing in the upper corners. I simply drilled the proper hole and attached there.

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