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Posted: 04/17/08 12:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any suggestions on how to get a 12 year old German Shepherd and a 10 year old Rotty cross up into the camper?
It's an 8' Adventure on a 3/4 Chevy 4X4 long box.
BTW, the rotty doesn't like being lifted. Really doesn't like being lifted!
Was wondering about a ramp. Not sure where to get one, or make it somehow.

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How about a single folding aluminum ATV ramp? Would they walk up it?


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If they are able to get front paws up take a towel and loop under their rear area in front of rear legs to help lift their rear ends up and in--worked on a crippled Lab I had


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Posted: 04/17/08 01:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a made for the purpose ramp that slides together to travel. Footmans loops on a wall allow me to strap it up out of the way until needed.

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You can buy one similar to the one in Raften's picture. It is a telescoping ramp, about 5' at the maximum length and will hold 100-120 lbs. It is fairly pricey (at least $100) and you might try PetSmart, Petco or look on line. Raften - great job!


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Very interesting. And while I realize this thread was focused on getting old dogs into a camper, what about using a ramp like this for getting old people into a camper? [emoticon]

I hadn't thought of a ramp before (versus the more typical scissor steps). I realize that a ramp doesn't fold up near as compactly as scissor steps, however, as one ages and perhaps loses a bit of equilibrium and surefootedness, maybe a ramp arrangement wouldn't be a bad idea over scissor steps.


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My 10 year old Lab is just about to that point also. I have been looking at some sold by Cabela's


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When my lab, Hershey, had his 2nd TPLO surgery last year, I went and bought the plastic ramp that Petco sells. It's a nice ramp, but Hershey would not use it at all! Probably because it was new/ strange.
Of couse he's better now, but I still want to work with him on using a ramp for when he's (cry) old!

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A piece of plywood, a couple of 2x2's for strength and bungie cord it to your ladder? Put a piece of carpet on it for traction.

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