prepping the homestead mobile for winter

This is an embarrassingly simple build. But sometimes the easiest things are the most useful. I present to you, dear reader, our car ramps.

We here on the Homestead believe in DIY’ing everything. Why pay someone to change your oil when it is simpler, cheaper, and more rewarding to change it yourself.

I built our ramps from leftover 2×10 scraps, but could easily be built to suit scrap 2×4, 2×6, or 2×8. The goal is to safely lift the front of your vehicle to allow access for maintenance. The measurements in the image below (and SketchUp file) will allow ramps to be built from 3 pieces of 8-foot dimensional lumber if you don’t have scraps laying around. Simply work out the

At a minimum, I recommend you build your ramps 7 1/2″ wide (the width of a standard 2×8), but check the width of your vehicle’s tires. To give a little more width on ours, I used 2×10 to yield a 9 1/4″ width.

Just cut the lengths you have to allow a smooth transition to the final 6″ height, bevel one end of the board, and glue/screw the pieces together. Create a “stop block” at the top of the ramp to make positioning your car easier. If you’d like to get fancy just extend the bottom board a few inches and cut a handle. This makes moving the ramps around much easier and gives the option of hanging these on a garage wall for storage. I stained our and they currently hang under our back deck!

A comparable set of vehicle ramps can run well over $100 at any big-box store. I estimate our ramps cost about 5 bucks and took about an hour for the pair. A no-brainer*.

 

 

 

 

* We feel like we are obligated to tell you, dear reader, to not be an idiot with these ramps. Make them wide enough for your particular tires. Glue/screw these together well and wait for the glue to dry. Park on the middle of the ramps and drive your vehicle SLOWLY up onto them (a spotter is a big help here). When on the ramps, set your handbrake and block your wheels. Pairing these with a set of axle stands is a good idea but not absolutely necessary. If you have any hesitations at all, ask a professional or shoot us (not professionals) a note, we’d be happy to help! Remember that saving money and being self sufficient is only useful if you arn’t dead. Being not dead is key.