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Old 11-22-2015, 12:43 AM   #1
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I know there are quite a few here who like to service your own generators and chassis engines. I ran across a nice product for around $59.00 that might help you a great deal for working under the van safely.

http://www.amazon.com/RhinoGear-1190.../dp/B0117EETEK

Please feel free to share your tips and tricks for DIY service.
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Old 11-22-2015, 01:41 AM   #2
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Here's how I do it:

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Made from 2x12 lumber I got from the "cull" pile at Home Depot (very cheap). Adds 5" of clearance. Works really well.
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:14 AM   #3
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I use these. The set cost about $12.
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:06 AM   #4
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for anything "real" I have a creeper, jacks and jack stands which support the vehicle by the frame.
for many services, you want the weight off of the wheels.

for changing the oil ( chev), I can reach the drain plug and oil filter with the van on level ground...although using my "lego" like leveling blocks to raise the front driver wheel 2" makes even easier as my catch pan has a high lip.

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I, too, have jack stands for operations that need the weight off the wheels. But I feel very much safer under the van with the wooden "lifts". Extremely stable. I made them when working on an extensive project to convert my vehicle for 4-season use. Now, I can't live without them. Takes less than a minute to get up or down, and having the whole vehicle 5" higher makes the difference between almost-impossible and easy-peasy--especially with a creeper.
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Very nice, especially if you have the materials and tools handy to build them.

The option I linked to on Amazon is now only $47.99 and lifts the vehicle 11 inches with no time required to build them. I will acknowledge that building them yourself is a lot more fun and rewarding
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Third post on this topic - http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f5...amps-2474.html - plastic ramp collapse.

I use wood for ramps for the van now also. That topic also has some useful info about what year ratings standards to look for on stands.
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Third post on this topic - http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f5...amps-2474.html - plastic ramp collapse.
Great post. The key words were "They had not been used for years..." Plastic degrades over time and that amount of time is anyone's guess. Solid materials able to take high compression loads - plywood (the good stuff with no voids), pieces of solid lumber, etc. - seem like a safer alternative. One can also make them as wide as you want for your tires.
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I, too, have jack stands for operations that need the weight off the wheels. But I feel very much safer under the van with the wooden "lifts". Extremely stable. I made them when working on an extensive project to convert my vehicle for 4-season use. Now, I can't live without them. Takes less than a minute to get up or down, and having the whole vehicle 5" higher makes the difference between almost-impossible and easy-peasy--especially with a creeper.
I agree. I don't like the idea of anything moveable or load collapsible lifting a vehicle as heavy as a van. Solid wood would be OK.
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Yes. It's not like you are going to carry ramps around with you. No room anyways. I just slide the wood ramps to the side of the garage until they are needed.
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