Why You Need A Curb Ramp For Your RV
RVs and rolled curbs don’t go well together. However, this doesn’t mean that people with rolled curbs shouldn’t own RVs. Curb ramps make it possible for RVs to go over rolled curbs without any issues.
A curb ramp is a removable ramp meant to serve as a bridge between the driveway and the street. It removes the sudden drop from the driveway that causes curb scrapes and bad wheel alignment.
The jolt of going over a rolled curb wreaks enough havoc on a car. Imagine how bad it is for a heavy and long RV! A curb ramp is a lifesaver.
Two Ways RV Owners Benefit From A Curb Ramp
Are you an RV owner with a rolled curb at the end of your driveway? A curb ramp can solve a couple of problems for you because it:
1. Makes It Easier To Drive Your RV Over A Rolled Curb
Leaving a driveway with a rolled curb is relatively simple. You just have to brace for your car to plunk down twice. Entering a driveway with a rolled curb is a different story. There’s that dreaded jolt, and you have to give it enough gas to move your entire vehicle over the curb. Getting your RV onto the driveway over a rolled curb requires much more “oomph” due to its weight. A curb ramp removes that requirement and makes this daunting task much easier.
2. Reduces Wear And Tear On Your RV
Whether your RV’s plopping down from your driveway or ramming into the rolled curb to get up on the driveway, it’s taking a beating. Its alignment can get thrown out of whack, the things inside the RV can fall and break from bouncing around so much. RV's with a long overhang can drag and risk damage to the exhaust and undercarriage. A curb ramp reduces the wear and tear caused the jolt that happens every time you exit and enter your driveway.
A Few Curb Ramp Options Worth Considering
Not all curb ramps are created equal. There are types of curb ramps that should not even exist such as an asphalt curb ramp. But there are a few effective curb ramps that will get the job done:
Option 1: Scrap Wood Blocks
This option is only good if you clear a curb with your RV once or twice a year. Perhaps you park your RV in your backyard for most of the year and leave it out only for the summer, for example. Wood blocks are not a good ramp to use all the time because they won't support tons of weight on a regular basis. Also, you can't leave them out 24/7, unless you like getting fined by the HOA or the city. There are various ways to build a ramp out of scrap wood, and you can find tutorials online.
Option 2: Small Steel Or Plastic Ramps
Are you looking for a ramp you can use more often than once or twice a year? Consider using a set of steel or plastic ramps.
Most small steel or plastic ramps are big enough to support one tire. So two of these ramps are necessary to support the rear of an RV over the curb. Larger RV's will exceed the weight rating of most smaller ramps, and the ramp may bend to the point of being ruined. The ramps also need to be spaced apart the right distance, and that can be pretty tricky to do. Especially since they’re not heavy enough to stay put. Like ramps made out of scrap wood, steel or plastic ramps can’t be left out 24/7. That means you’d have to get them out of your garage every time you need to clear a curb with your RV.
Option 3: BRIDJIT Curb Ramps
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BRIDJIT ramps are full-length rubber curb ramps made from scrap tires. That means they’re well equipped to support any vehicle size and weight, even class A RVs. BRIDJIT ramps are designed to remain at the curb at all times. They have waterways underneath to enable drainage down the curb and they’re heavy enough to stay put. Yet, they are also easily removable. Win-win.
Whether you need to move your RV over the curb once a year or every day, BRIDJIT is an excellent solution. A set of BRIDJIT ramps at the bottom of the driveway make getting the RV in and out of the driveway much easier. They will also reduce wear and tear on daily driven vehicles. Learn more about the benefits of owning a BRIDJIT curb ramp here.