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Long time TT camper here, looking to buy my 1st TH (if they ever go back to making them- my local lots are Sparsely populated). I have a couple of questions about what to look for in a TH Ramp. Assume that we'll get one that functions as a patio, if that makes any difference.

1) Hinges: do they all work the same, are there different grades, materials to watch out for? obviously, weight rating matters as does keeping them oiled/greased, but is there any particular thing you need to watch out for re maintenance?

2) Insulation: how well does the ramp/door seal actually seal, and what to look for there. is the door insulating ability any better/worse than a trailer's wall insulation?

3) Construction material: are all ramps made of the same thing, just different thicknesses/strengths? i assume its the stronger/thicker/heavier ones that advertise usage as patios.

4) Security: how do these things typically lock into place? cheap trailer locks? padlocks? lock from inside?

TIA for any thoughts!

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I can't say I'm an expert and the one thing that is constant is change. But from those that I've seen they are all about the same more or less. You will find some with more weight support making it easier to open and close. Keeping them clean and lubed is about all the maintenance I ever did. Rolling ATVs in and out would get a lot of dirt, mud, sand so I made sure to wash them down.

I can't say our door was better or worse then our garage - it was always cold and that era didn't have heaters or an outlet in the garage either.

IMHO they are all about the same, look for weight ratings of the ramp itself as well as the garage. If buying new and it's not posted I'd get it, in writing, from the manufacturer. I wouldn't say it's going to be better made if it's also a deck though, the attachment points are the key in that aspect.

Most all use a padlock or the "puck" style padlocks for cargo trailers. I've also seen a few people setup interior locking mechanisms too.


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My "work and play" has the type using the springs on the bottom of the door vs the cable and overhead spool type. I like this better because this door can be used as a platform/deck and the cable system is not in the way.

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they don't seal well at all. Our Rage'n never leaked water from the rain but I remember getting some water in while towing in a downpour. We're in So Cal so not a lot of rain. We did spend about two weeks in Oregon one year in November along the coast and it rained a LOT! No leaks.

But if the wind blows just right it whistled and came in around the ramp. You could see daylight at the lower corners, shoved some paper towels in once and that helped. If we still had it now i'd get some water weenies to stick in the cracks.

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I have an old Weekend Warrior.
Big single hinge along the bottom of the door.
Never lubed it, works great.
Big springs on the sides to assist.
Ramp is rated at 3000lbs.
My buggy weighs 2900lbs, but only 1 set of tires is on the ramp at any one time.
Seals great.
Insulation? Not sure. Probably something in there, but never had it apart.
Construction? Wood I'm sure.

Someone posted pix of the inside of a ramp on this site years ago.


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I had the same style as Linc's in our old Weekend Warrior and that long hinge was tough to keep clean. Our current trailer has the helper springs along the bottom, which makes a gap when the ramp is down. I like this gap better because you can sweep the garage out through that gap. But the helper springs in the Warrior provided more "help".


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Thanks guys! You have proven once again that when you dont know about a topic, you dont know what to even ask about. I hadnt considered spring assisted helpers or cleaning/dumping ramp dirt into the hauler. Both obvious issues in retrospect.

Also, it seems to me that a ramp rated to work with X pounds would serve just as well up to that weight as a patio. Maybe you have to make your own supports to hold it in the correct position but that isnt much effort. Or am i missing something...again.

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