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Old 04-07-2015, 09:18 AM   #21
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pretty slick, those are at least 3/8-16 grade 5 bolts right? I would hate for it to flip off

great idea
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:44 AM   #22
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yep, big bolts, my only concern is dropping it off the side as I roll on/off the platform - 1st time was a bit of a struggle, and I am sure pushing it off backwards is even more
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:47 AM   #23
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oops, forgot about my security system installed in the rain yesterday......

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Old 04-07-2015, 01:52 PM   #24
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How about taking one of the "tube" wheel chock like this



and install carriage bolts like this upside down (or other ideas this is just a quick thought)



place into holes in front of ramp, push forward, drop in a pin so it can't move back, push front tire into it

raise up, remove pin and pull inside

to unload, put the tire holder on back wards at rear of ramp, install and push backwards, install a pin and then push bike on??

maybe this will give you ideas
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Old 04-07-2015, 06:48 PM   #25
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maybe I am too dumb, but I am not sure how that would solve my issue?
the bike rides the lift fine, difficulty comes when moving the bike off the ramp?
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Old 04-08-2015, 03:59 AM   #26
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I thought issue was worried about it falling off the ramp in motion, reading comprehension was not a strong point I guess, sorry about that

So issue is not enough room for you and the bike pushing it on and off, causing you and bike to lean together?

I pictured riding bike onto ramp and stabilizing with legs, since its fairly level, getting off bike with wheel chocked load or unload, get back on and back off with legs

This would keep you from leaning over the side rails possibly dumping bike


It's clear in my mind...I am just mudding up the thought

What is wt limit on lift?
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:11 AM   #27
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communication is not my strong point either Bansil

the issue is I have to PULL the bike onto the bus, which is VERY awkward. You can see me pulling in the video at 1:46, and you have to trust me that this NOT the way you want to move a bike. Not sure there is a solution, I might simply have to become a pro at pulling bikes from the front?

Weight limit is 800 pounds
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Old 04-08-2015, 03:48 PM   #28
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Winch inside the storage bay, pulley at the door, cable and clip down to the bike? Harbor Freight has small winches for pennies - they're crappy but would work fine for this and they're all 12V.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:37 PM   #29
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I am really curious about the guy with the Ducati that was a member...did he have a technique or did he wing-it like me?
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:17 PM   #30
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lucky you, I have to make the door for my handicap lift taller so my bike will fit in
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:51 PM   #31
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lucky you, I have to make the door for my handicap lift taller so my bike will fit in
I feel you, I am leaving 2 taller bikes behind
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:43 PM   #32
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so I got some bondo in the roof-holes, and some paint on the rusty spots, AND, it is no longer yellow.

Now, time for some framing - and I am no carpenter

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Wow, big transformation!

How many cans of silver did that take? 12?
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:28 AM   #34
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Wow, big transformation!

How many cans of silver did that take? 12?
0.9 gallon of Rustoleum Aluminum
0.2 gallon Rustoleum Gloss Black

-3 days of prep - scraping stickers, removing adhesive, Bondo sanding, washing, masking/taping
-45 minutes of painting (adjusted for scaffold and ladder movement)
-1 hour to clean up the mess

$25 Bondo Body filler & Bus-Roof StopLeak
$12 masking tape
$8 masking paper
$60 in paint
$27 paint gun
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:16 AM   #35
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turned out great
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:41 PM   #36
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I love it.

Thanks for sharing the cost break down.

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I am a big guy 65″, standing up and laying down, awake and asleep -so I need a big bed. I sleep on a King-size now, but can do fine with a Queen. I do not want squeeze down into a Twin/Double, so I need to engineer a Murphy bed, or at least a modified Murphy bed. Most M-Beds have a frame the bed folds up into, but I want something simple, easy, that I can fold up as close to the ceiling as possible, then fasten to the ceiling, to avoid crawling across the bed to get to the bike.



The picture above shows approximate height, angle, and elevated position when hooked to the ceiling. I will be building the frame, hinge system, legs/base/mounts. I can make a simple frame, that is functional, but I also want it to last more than a week, as I have a few problems

PROBLEMS:

Needs to support a 250+ lb. man, and mattress
Needs to be light enough to be lifted from the side or weird angles
When elevated, the bed will have ALL the weight 2 legs.
So here is my plan. Wood frame, thick, metal door hinges.

I assume my plan will change as I build this contraption.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:02 AM   #38
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Ditch the angle iron for some tubing. Make it telescopic.

That doesn't account for the mattress. Unless your using a air mattress.

Or do a 2 foot roof raise. Then you have room for everything.

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Old 05-07-2015, 02:20 PM   #40
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I may abandon the Murphy all together, as it seems too clunky, and there is really not enough room to lift it up, I might just crawl across the bed, raised for extra storage underneath?

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