Do you own an RV? Do you have a rolled curb at the end of your driveway? If your answer to both questions is “yes”, then you came to the right place.
A curb ramp is a godsend for RV owners with rolled curbs. A curb ramp bridges the gap between the driveway and the road. A good curb ramp will prevent a lot of issues on your RV, such as:
- Exhaust tail pipe damage
- Undercarriage damage
- Septic tank damage
- Alignment issues
- Worn shocks
Why A Rolled Curb Is Bad For Your RV
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Even though the average ground clearance of an RV is between 8 and 10 inches, a rolled curb is still bad news. Rolled curbs may seem small and insignificant, but they're capable of causing a lot of damage to your RV. Here are some common examples of how a rolled curb can wreak havoc on your RV:
- If your RV has a long rear overhang, it will tilt down as your rear wheels go over the curb. The length of the overhang will cause the exhaust tailpipe and the undercarriage to scrape against the pavement. Some RVs have the septic tank in the rear. That, too, can scrape against the pavement.
- An RV weighs a lot. So when you force your RV's tires over a rolled curb, the following parts take a beating:
- Other parts of the suspension system
The bottom line: Rolled curbs are worse on RVs than they are on cars. It's because RVs are longer and way heavier than cars. The longer an RV's wheelbase, the harder it is to maneuver the RV over rolled curbs. Your RV's suspension parts and other parts underneath the chassis take a lot of abuse, as well.
Rolled curbs are already bad enough on cars. They're even worse on RVs. That's why a curb ramp is pretty much necessary for any RV owner with a rolled curb at the end of their driveway. If you need more convincing, this post makes a lot of compelling points in favor of curb ramps for RV owners.
Curb Ramp Options
There are many different curb ramp options to choose from. Here are some most common types of curb ramps:
- Concrete curb ramp
- Homemade wooden curb ramp
- Steel curb ramp
- Plastic curb ramp
- Asphalt curb ramp
- Rubber curb ramp
Not All Curb Ramps Are Created Equal
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Even though all types of curb ramps serve the same purpose, not all of them are effective. There are some issues surrounding curb ramps that you should take into consideration while shopping for one. For example:
- Some curb ramps, such as asphalt or concrete ramps, don't allow for a clear flow of water
- Some curb ramps fall apart over time
- Most curb ramps can't support the weight of an RV
Let's talk about the last point. RVs weigh a lot. To be more specific:
- The average weight of a Class A RV (size of a greyhound bus) is 16,000 to 30,000 pounds.
- The average weight of a Class B RV (think an F-350 with a camper on the bed, but bigger) is 8,000 to 14,000 pounds.
- The average weight of a Class C RV (shorter than a Class A RV) is 12,000 to 20,000 pounds.
A lot of curb ramps can only support a fraction of the weight of an RV. For example:
- The average weight rating of a plastic curb ramp is 500 to 1,000 pounds.
- The average weight rating of a steel or aluminum curb ramp is 500 to 3,000 pounds.
As for the curb ramps that can support an RV's weight, a lot of them break down from the weight over time. If you have an asphalt ramp, for example, the sheer weight of your RV will squash and warp it in no time.
Concrete ramps and rubber ramps are the only curb ramps that can withstand the weight of an RV over a long period of time. Concrete ramps come with a slew of problems delineated here. So getting one is hardly worth the investment. So that leaves us with rubber ramps.
BRIDJIT Curb Ramps Are Great For RVs
Rubber ramps can withstand the weight of an RV over a long period of time. You may call us biased, but BRIDJIT is the best brand out of all the rubber curb ramp brands on the market. Here are a few reasons why:
- BRIDJIT curb ramps are expandable, with extra single sections available
- BRIDJIT curb ramps come with all the hardware you need to join all the sections together
- BRIDJIT curb ramps come with tapered edges on "end" pieces
- You don't need to bolt BRIDJIT curb ramps into the concrete curb
- BRIDJIT curb ramps come with a 5-year warranty
- BRIDJIT curb ramps are made from recycled rubber and environmentally friendly materials
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Here are the specs on BRIDJIT curb ramps. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about BRIDJIT curb ramps!