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Old 09-04-2019, 09:47 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Alright I need some brilliant minds for help... putting the bus on a ramp

Hello everyone!

So my husband and I just bought our bus.

It is a 33' long Thomas, CAT3126, Allison MD3060.

We are trying to fit this bus in the back yard of our soon to be an apartment, but there is a problem and I am unsure how to fix it.

I have attached pictures of the bus, the backyard and a truck where our bus needs to go to help with visuals.

I need our bus to fit in the back yard of this house, however, I need the back end of the bus to clear the hill up to the back wheel (just like the truck pictured). I can't find a ramp strong enough (or cheap enough) to help my school bus back end clear the hill. I believe from the bottom of the wheel to the bus frame is 12" but I need it to be 16". Any ideas?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 09-04-2019, 10:09 AM   #2
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A rock drill, demolition grout, and a rented mini excavator will take care of the issue once and for all - if the landlord is OK with you improving his property.

If you slip off a ramp or high-side the bus, you will have a serious mess.

Where are you located? I travel frequently though VA and have a gas-poweredyou can borrow.
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:13 AM   #3
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Stack some lumber
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:45 AM   #4
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Yeah, I would stack 4X4's wider than the rear tires and just drive up those.
Probably about 60$ in lumber and you would create a sturdy step that the bus can make it up.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:16 PM   #5
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Another vote for lumber.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:49 PM   #6
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Scrap 2x's or 4x's lumber. As a professional truck driver, I've used this method to raise trailers for loading docks.

Don't have to buy new lumber. Construction sites often toss scraps you might get. Also industrial businesses toss scrap "dunnage" lumber used to secure freight in trucks and railcars. Also, used railroad crossties are a good thought.

*DON'T* stack pallets! The bus will crush them!
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Old 09-04-2019, 03:59 PM   #7
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get a load of dirt
just a guy with a bus.
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Old 09-05-2019, 02:25 AM   #8
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If that second garage with the graphitti does not need to have a clear slope, then take a shovel and clear away the hill. Put the hill back when you leave the apartment. Assuming you have permission from the landlord, of course
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