How to Build Mobile Home Ramps
Building mobile home ramps is not any different than building one for any other structure. You will need a design that is functional, as well as know the abilities of the person who will be using it. The ramp should be functional for a wheelchair or for a person that cannot take the stairs. In many cases, you can place the ramp at a secondary entrance if the design of the mobile home allows for it. Building a ramp for a mobile home is easier with the help of two or more individuals. Some basic measuring and woodworking skills are required.
Step 1: Know Your Plans
Go over the design plans and ensure that the plan will work for the ramp that the homeowner has in mind. Once that is established, you should be able to have a picture in your mind what the finished product will look like. Having this picture will help to ensure that you are on the right track with the design plans.
Step 2: Dig Footers
In order to have a sturdy ramp, you will want to place cement footers in the ground. Follow the plans specifications for spacing and depth. They will most likely be two feet by two feet and at least two feet below grade as well. The posts for the ramp will be embedded in the concrete, make certain that they are straight.
Step 3: Length
After you have installed the footers, you will start to make the slope of the ramp. In most cases you will have at least two landings, but if there is a slope on the property you may have more. Each landing will be at least five feet by five feet, to allow for turns. Installing the lengths of wood first will make it simple to attach the lengths of decking, and to construct the platforms.
Step 4: Cut Decking ad Install
For a good and sturdy outdoor ramp, decking materials work great. Cut them into the desired length and attach them with screws to the framework of the ramp. The ramp will be at least 36 inches across, but you should cut them longer for decorative and functional purposes. Use the same decking for the platforms to create a uniform look.
Step 5: Handrails
All ramps should have handrails. They will allow for the person using the ramp to have a place to grab for support. A rail at 36 inches and one at around 22 inches should be sufficient. If the ramp is being built for a person with special needs, it is best to get a measurement that is good for them as well.
The rails should be continuous, so having them pre-made is a good idea, or you can use pre-manufactured posts and rails that allow for a continuous grip.
Building a ramp is not difficult but it will require at least two days to properly install.