Gutter Caravan Ramps

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Project by robscastle posted 05-12-2018 04:17 AM 1738 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our friends next door have a caravan they want to get off the street and up a gutter with an existing drain, so they asked me to make a couple of ramps from Marine ply for them.

I didnt have any marine ply suitable however did have a reasonable stash of rough sawn hardwood so I used that.

The overall dimensions are 210mm high 420mm at the base and a hypotunse (SIC) (hypotenuse LBD) of around 470 mm. overall width being 1M.

So I set to work, jointed the timber then sawed it close to the dimensions needed.

A final run through the thicknesser produced some impressive timber results.
I then spent most of the time ensuring the overall dimensions met the plan, determining angles and how I could cut them.
So now using my table saw and combination saw cut everything to the lengths that were required.
Once that was done predrilling using templates went ahead.
I assembled all six support frames first.
Once they were complete it was now time to set them on the table saw slide and cut them to the required length.

Once I had assembled all six frames I began adding the timber planks.
I seemed to pick up a splinter every time I touched the timber so I routed a roundover on each plank to try and reduce the risk, and gave them a good sand.
Then it was time to fix them.
Initally I just tacked the top and bottom onto the frames and then squared everything up, I then used spacer blocks to produce a 50mm overhang on the sides.
Then for the center I used spacers sticks to centralise the middle support.
Once I had the spacing right I used a clamp to hold the planks in position and fitted four screws all around so I could check the squareness and compliance to the required dimensions.
Once this was done and the build complied it was simply a matter of screwing it all together.

I originally was going to stain them but as I spent way too much time watching a staining video I ran out of time and just opted to sealed them.

Next I spoke to our friends next door and we set them up in a gutter with a similar drain to the one they were intended for.
He has happy so off they went.

If you are interested in building these I have the plans are attached for reference!
Hardwood produces small and really annoying splinters of which I am still picking them out a day later!

Tools used
Table saw, combination saw, jointer, thicknesser, sander battery drill and router.

Timber used Good ol Australian hardwood.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-12-2018 04:32 AM

Great favour to you friends, they will be thrilled ,
most of all I,m impressed with the trigonometry though.
Nice one


-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#2 posted 05-12-2018 05:24 AM

Actually rc, that is one neat idea and build…

Unfortunately, as Confucius would say, ”牽馬到河邊容易,逼馬飲水難”....

You can lead a caravan to ramp, but you can’t make him climb...!

... and a hypotunse of around….
- robscastle

You had me trolling through my Aussie swear words dictionary… more bleeding reading… reached the last page and thought you might have misspelt it.

... impressed with the trigonometry though.
- anthm27

Then I read this entry from a’27... one blasted dictionary a day is enough for me!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 05-12-2018 09:00 AM

Good idea Rob, they turned out great.
Should be very handy.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 05-12-2018 10:17 AM

Looks like they should do the job just fine.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 05-12-2018 11:22 AM

Nice work Rob! Your a good neighbor! The color looks great so no need for stain I would say!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 05-12-2018 06:46 PM

You did a nice job on these ramps and I’m sure they will be quite pleased.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 05-13-2018 11:38 PM

Nicely done Rob and good to see folk still help there neighbours….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 05-14-2018 01:19 AM

Nicely done Rob and good to see folk still help there neighbours….

- crowie

The missus also asks you to be neighbourly… build a set for me to help me climb out of the gutter…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 05-14-2018 03:18 PM

Rob, your high school geometry teacher would be so proud of you. You are ever the intrepid problem solver. Always keep your neck well clear of the hypotenuse when you are standing on a chair.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 06-02-2018 03:12 AM

Thanks for all the comments guys, I appreciate it.
They have gone to live in Palm Beach on the QLD Gold Coast.

-- Regards Rob

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