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Forum topic by juniorjock posted 04-12-2009 04:57 PM 6736 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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juniorjock

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04-12-2009 04:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dog pet ramp

My buddy Junior is a 12 year old, 100 lb. shepherd mix. As with all older dogs (especially large ones) he is having hip trouble and can no longer jump in the back of our SUV. I was wondering if any of you have any advice or plans for building a pet ramp. I ran a search and really didn’t come up with much. The commercial ramps I found on-line came with a pretty big price tag. The ramp would need to be fairly light but strong too (to hold the weight). Plus, I would have to be able to fold the ramp up and throw it in the back seat so I’d have it when I needed to get him out of the vehicle. I wasn’t for sure where to post this, so I thought I’d try here. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


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#1 posted 04-12-2009 07:13 PM

Thanks DaveR. The vehicle I want to use the ramp for is out for most of the day. I’ll get the measurements later this afternoon and get them to you.

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#2 posted 04-13-2009 01:22 AM

Why don’t you just use a 2×12 and nail some cleats on if it is too slick or steep?

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#3 posted 04-13-2009 01:27 AM

The 2×12 is something to consider, but I don’t think it would work for my dog.

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#4 posted 04-13-2009 01:28 AM

DaveR, the vehicle still hasn’t found it’s way back. The ramps I’ve seen for sale are about 70” in length when unfolded and around 22” wide.

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