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Looks like we may start looking in earnest this year for a truck, we've already got the 5th wheel decided. But wife wants to just take the truck on a few weekend jaunts to get the dogs used to the new mode of travel. I have 2 dogs both about 70 pounds and really don't want to hoist them up into the cab using armstrong power. So what are people using for ramps or stairs for pets. Wife and I can both get in ok, but lugging dogs in and out is going to get old really quick for me. Especially since I have one that likes to fling itself off the couch at me like Dino jumping on Fred Flintstone. The one that loves to fling itself off the couch at me, also always wants help to get up onto it's couch or bed, so one is fairly lazy, and the other one is getting up in years, and needs help just getting into a pickup truck.
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I sold my truck but the buyer did not want the ramps. This pair of 14-foot-long by 19-inches-wide aluminum ramps were purchased from Discount Ramps for about $1100 in spring of 2016. They have been used very little. Included in the purchase will be the hold-down hardware as shown. These brackets and clamps are custom fabricated in stainless steel and aluminum. There are aluminum angle end stops and stainless clamp brackets, along with the padlocked stainless foam-padded clamps you see in the photos. Each piece that bolts to the truck bed is secured by stainless screws (included) that thread into two-hole aluminum nut plates below the deck. The brackets are designed such that the system is theft-proof once the two padlocks are locked. [Note: the cable visible on top of the ramps in the photo is unrelated. Truck and motorcycle not included.] The ramp model number is HD-16838-1500. The weight rating is 1500 lbs per axle. When used side-by-side the total ramp width is 38 inches; this is how I used them for loading my motorcycle. They could also be deployed with an appropriate spacing for loading a Smart Car. Ramps Page I can supply a drawing for locating the holes for fastening the brackets to your truck bed. In the case of my wooden bed, I recessed all the brackets about 1/2-inch deep, by routing pockets in the wood. But you could also surface-mount the brackets and the system would still work fine. I am located in Prescott Valley, Arizona; the ramps must be picked up here as I do not want to ship them. Please PM me for details and more photos if you are interested.