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      Hello this is my first contact, I will pick up my 3500 ext in three days. I wonder if anyone has fitted a ramp? As a finish carpenter, I anticipate lots of trips with the miter saw with stand and the table saw, these may make a ramp a necessary. Also, any comments on adding cargo lighting?
      Thanks, Greg.
      Greg,
      I have some heavy wheeled equipment that I have to drag in and out. I picked up an aluminum ramp from the Chinese Tool Emporium (aka Harbor Freight) for $129 that is perfect. I fold it up and stand it up against the cab bulkhead and strap it in place and it works perfect.

      http://www.harborfreight.com/1200-lb-capacity-convertible-aluminum-loading-ramp-94057.html

      For lighting, I picked up a couple of LED strip lights. I have not installed them yet, but will splice into the existing light wiring.
       
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      Greg,
      I have some heavy wheeled equipment that I have to drag in and out. I picked up an aluminum ramp from the Chinese Tool Emporium (aka Harbor Freight) for $129 that is perfect. I fold it up and stand it up against the cab bulkhead and strap it in place and it works perfect.

      http://www.harborfreight.com/1200-lb-capacity-convertible-aluminum-loading-ramp-94057.html

      For lighting, I picked up a couple of LED strip lights. I have not installed them yet, but will splice into the existing light wiring.
      Crash, I'm very interested in your lighting idea! I've been thinkjng along the same lines and am curious if I can add a way to switch on the rear lights from an inline switch.
       
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      If you have Cruisers, you will almost certainly need a ramp that has an arch so that you don't drag when transitioning from ramp to van floor. Walking a 700 pound bike up the ramp is near impossible, but walking next to it while you feather the clutch is quite doable. When unloading, keep the bike turned off but in gear, and you can feather the clutch like a rear brake. The thin front tire of a cruiser will have little to no stopping power when backing down a ramp.

      Also look for places to load/unload where you can either have the front wheels going up a little incline or the rear wheels in a little dip in the road, to lower the back end and minimize the transition.

      SRTOffroad.com has some of the strongest ramps I've ever used for their price point.
      Thank you. I'm new to this and you've given me very useful information.
      I just ordered this fold up ramp from harbor freight:


      According to this ramp length calculator I should be "ok" based on the wheelbase and clearance of my bikes. I'm sure longer is better, but It seemed a good value for the cost.

      How To Determine Proper Motorcycle Loading Ramp Length| discountramps.com

      I also ordered two of these wheel chock systems:


      thanks again for your help. Any other suggestions I'm all ears!
       
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