Homemade Truck Ramp

by Daniel Westlake

Truck ramps are necessary for allowing trucks to easily drive up to another level. These ramps need to be the right angle and sturdy enough so as not to collapse under the truck. You can hire someone to build ramp for you, but you also can do it yourself for a reasonably low cost.

Materials to Build a Ramp

These truck ramps can be constructed using a wide variety of materials, including wood, metal and concrete. If the ramp is constructed out of a more lightweight material such as wood, however, it is integral to ensure the ramp is properly secured and supported so that it doesn't collapse during use. Metal ramps often are stronger, and thicker pieces of steel will ensure the metal won't bend or break. If the area you are building the ramp already is paved, then cement or asphalt can be poured to created a sturdy, efficient ramp for a truck to drive up.

Dirt Ramp

If the ramp is being built outdoors or is in an area where dirt can be piled up, a dirt ramp can easily be built. The first thing to ensure is that a proper border of either cement or metal is built to support the earth. The right dimensions and angle should be accounted for when building this border or outline for the ramp itself. Once the border is constructed, pour dirt mixed with sand to form the ramp. Once the ramp's borders have been filled, stamp the dirt and sand down and add more to the ramp. The more solid the dirt within the borders of the ramp is, the more steady the ramp will be when a truck is driving up it.

Correct Angle

The angle and gradient of the ramp should be determined by how tall the ramp is supposed to be and what types of trucks you are going to be driving up it. A pick-up truck with a high amount of clearance can more easily negotiate a steeper ramp, as the back or bottom of the truck won't clip or be caught on the lip of the ramp. Ramps for larger trucks must be longer and less steep, rising gradually to the level where the truck will be climbing so that the back or the bottom of the truck doesn't get stuck or damaged on the ramp.

About the Author

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Daniel Westlake has written under pen names for a myriad of publications all over the nation, ranging from national magazines to local papers. He now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. but regularly travels around the country and abroad, exploring and experiencing everything he can.

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