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Old 03-26-2018, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default DIY Trailer Tailgate that converts to ramps.

I bought a new trailer a month ago and I needed a tailgate as well as some ramps for loading the Ranger/4 Wheelers.

I didn't want one of those hinged type gates because they always seem to get bent and cause wind drag.

So I did a little googling and found someone that had a similar idea.

Each ramp will attach to side slots of the trailer with threaded bolts, the middle tabs (lip) will have a hitch pin and lock to hold the ramps together in the middle. I will also run two bolts through the bottom side of each ramp that slide into the lip rail where the ramps lean on when in use.

Each ramp is 40" long and 15" wide, they are a tad steep but shouldn't be a problem for the Ranger to clear.

I will post pictures of the final product once completed.
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:42 AM   #2
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Hitch pin and Bolts.
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:44 AM   #3
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nice
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:45 AM   #4
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Nice. I just made a bifold ramp. I’ll post pics later.
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:45 AM   #5
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That's pretty slick.
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:54 AM   #6
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I like that! Nice to not have a big gate to drop each time
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Old 03-28-2018, 08:48 AM   #7
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Nice job! I hate the fold down gates as well. My 6x12 trailer has the ramps built into the sides of the trailer in front of the axle. I use a basic 2x12 as the tailgate.
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Old 03-28-2018, 08:58 AM   #8
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I have ramps like those and they store underneath .I've also been wanting to make a tailgate.This is genius and what I'm going to do with mine.

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Old 03-28-2018, 09:26 AM   #9
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I've got a 14ft w rear gate, side entry ramps that act as the side rails, and just did a 4inch lift to. Sits perfecto on my new 250. Il try to post pics but I'm terrible at it
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:51 AM   #10
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Finished product and I'm very happy with the final results.

A fresh coat of Rattle Can Bed liner spray sure makes them look good.

I added (2) 3/8 carriage bolts to each ramp.

The 3/8" nuts fit perfectly in the groove rail where the lip of the ramps lean on when in use. These should help keep any rattling to a minimum.

I also added a locking hitch pin which should deter anyone looking to steal the ramps.
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:56 AM   #11
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Very nice
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:23 AM   #12
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nice build!
id make a suggestion- replace those bolts with a few of these weld on spring type pins
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:26 AM   #13
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nice build!
id make a suggestion- replace those bolts with a few of these weld on spring type pins
That is a great Suggestion! I will search these out and add when I have some time. Thanks for the idea!!
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Old 03-28-2018, 02:35 PM   #14
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Ingenious idea, and very nice build. Now, you've got me thinking about what to do, with the big fold down tailgate/ramp on my 7x12 trailer. That sucker really catches the wind.
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Old 03-28-2018, 02:48 PM   #15
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Love it!! May be a few years, but just went on my to do list lol
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Old 03-28-2018, 03:05 PM   #16
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I like the idea of the bolts to stop rattling. I have ramps that double as the sides on my trailer and the make a helluva racket
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Old 03-28-2018, 03:21 PM   #17
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Nice setup.
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:08 PM   #18
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Nice idea
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:58 PM   #19
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That's pretty slick. I like it
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Old 03-31-2018, 07:08 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the kind words!

Took a load to the ranch this weekend and tested the ramps.



Worked like a charm!

The ranger loaded very easy with no clearance issues and the ramps were silent while going down the dirt road.
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Old 03-31-2018, 07:30 PM   #21
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Well done. I just finished turning my big gate in to 3 ramps. May have to make a tailgate like this now.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:44 PM   #22
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Well done.
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Very nice
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:49 PM   #23
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Nice design and good build.

Maybe I missed it but what’s the purpose of the bolts sticking out of the bottom?

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Old 04-01-2018, 06:58 PM   #24
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Ingenious idea, and very nice build. Now, you've got me thinking about what to do, with the big fold down tailgate/ramp on my 7x12 trailer. That sucker really catches the wind.


Bring it to the house we’ll use yours for the experiment, then we can do mine!


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Old 04-01-2018, 07:03 PM   #25
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Now that's sweeeet!!
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Old 04-01-2018, 08:17 PM   #26
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Now that’s just downright genius!
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Old 04-01-2018, 08:34 PM   #27
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Bring it to the house we’ll use yours for the experiment, then we can do mine!
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:26 AM   #28
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Nice design and good build.

Maybe I missed it but what’s the purpose of the bolts sticking out of the bottom?
1) it keeps the ramps from rattling. If you had a 1.5" angle iron channel like the ones located on the sides then the ramps would lay flush inside them. As it sits I only have a small 3/4" channel so the ramps rest on top.

2) it makes them stronger should a load shift to the back of the trailer and push on the ramps. They are probably not needed but they do give piece of mind.
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