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I have a short bed 2008 Tacoma (4 Door) and I need a way to load smaller things (smaller than a tractor, for example) like a portable power generator that's too big to lift, but small enough where finding the right after market truck loading ramps seems difficult.

The ramps I've seen include some yellow ones I saw on Amazon (about $165) which are "telescoping" (but only to about 5 1/2 feet when compressed so I'm not sure they'd even fit in the bed to ride to the destination) and other ramps that look like they're really just made to load tractors/ATVs and such.

I've thought of a do-it-yourself solution with some sturdy wood and such, but that's time/labor intensive.

So, my question is, has anyone ordered the "yellow ramps" (enter "Truck Ramp" as a search term on Amazon to see the ones I mean) or can suggest a good solution for these around-the-house loading needs?

The generator I need to haul has wheels so I can roll it. Otherwise, I'd use a hand truck to load things on the ramp so the ramp needs to accommodate these uses.

Thanks in advance for anyone's suggestions and recommendations!

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I have a set (two actually) of these ramps from Harbor Freight. I keep one at my cabin and one at home. I use them mainly for loading/unloading a big John Deere 16hp snowblower. They have good traction and are plenty strong.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=55424

You can get a set of the big aluminum angles that you bolt to the end of a 2x8 or 2x10 at Home Depot or Lowes (and other places). I have gone this route before but never cared for it as the woods ramps are too springy to my taste.
 

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Interesting, but...

These ramps look good, but they're too long for my bed. Also, I can't be sure that the place I'm headed will have a set of ramps either.

I guess I need to keep looking.

Thanks for your reply.

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this is what i have and love them

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=198484
BUT the only place i have seen them is sam's club

1. it is a nice ramp to drive the front end of the truck up for oil drain
2. the two ramps tri fold so take up little space
3. 750 pounds per ramp for weight


the black "pillow" is a bump stop for the end when using as a auto ramp and removes for
unfolding and using as a ramp
 

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Pefect! Thanks!!!!

The right tool for the right price.

Look just right for a hand truck for loading furniture, wheeling my "portable" generator, and other relatively light tasks.

Thanks so much for this info!!!!!!

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These ramps look good, but they're too long for my bed. Also, I can't be sure that the place I'm headed will have a set of ramps either.

I guess I need to keep looking.

Thanks for your reply.

M
They are too long for my bed too. I do use them in a take along mode as well, I just keep a set at the cabin for convenience. You'll know better if those other will work for you, but the problem I had with a similar set was that I had to treat them like another fairly large item to take with me and find a home for them in the bed.

The straight ramps I can slip on edge down the side of the bed. Yes, they do come over the tailgate, but only about 6 inches. Throw a strap or bungie over them to keep them from bouncing and you are good. If you have a topper, this is not a good solution, however.
 

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a friend turned me on to those tri folds and they do have a smaller footprint
now my body is not 100% and after the 3rd day of a power outage i got a generator to save the frozen meats. the store loaded it in the bed but i had to get it out and those ramps were a godsend !

and now i can get under the truck for a oil change
they are made of steel so not lightweight but will last forever !
 
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