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In this video we show you how we converted our standard toy hauler ramp door into a patio/porch. Many of these ramp's come like this from the factory but our 2017 Keystone Carbon did not have that option. So we decided to add it ourselves. We are by no means professionals, this is just a simple way we converted our toy hauler ramp into a patio. Now we have a dual purpose ramp, we can load up our toys and then set it into patio mode. Make sure you use hardware strong enough for you exact trailer and configuration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sChWxAt2mLY
There's a lot more experience here than I have on my own, so I want to pose something that I saw on Facebook and have been thinking myself, for a while. I have a toy hauler without the rear patio option. I didn't want the expense or the loss of space for the railings and stairs. My UTV just fits in my garage now. However, I've been thinking of putting on stabilizing cables to use the ramp as a limited patio. I don't want to have a party with 20 people on there, I just want the ability to sit on a lawn chair with my DW and a cold beverage, above the bugs. I don't want to add the railings and all that, either. My dealer says this is impossible and will wreck the door, I need to buy the complete patio door kit, to the tune of several thousand dollars. I feel the urge to call shenanigans on this. As a recovering engineer, I can't wrap my mind around how a ramp that can hold a 2500 pound load between the ground edge and the hinge, but can not hold a 500 pound (at the very most) load from stay cables at the mid point. I would even be open to making the cable brackets longer than the small u-brackets normally used. What I mean, instead of a 4" long u-shaped bracket why not make the bracket 24 or even 48" long. 1 x 2 x 3/16" is 3 pounds per foot, making a 4 foot piece only 12 pounds (24 for both sides), yet adding considerable strength to the door frame. Has anyone done this or had a look on the inside of their own ramp/patio door to know what the difference in construction is? Thoughts or comments?
BTW...Talking about projects that we REALLy don't need, but make life SOOO much better! How about a winch to assist the raising of the loading ramp on my toy hauler. Did this project last night and finished it this AM. Wrote an article about it on my web site: http://rvbprecision.com/rv-projects/toy-hauler-ramp-lift-assist.html And here is a video of it in operation: Ah...My back feels better all ready!