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Old October 11th, 2009, 09:40 PM
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Dog Ramp

I know... this is a little random.

My older dog can no longer jump into the back of the D90 without assistance (which he doesn't appreciate). I started researching pet ramps and there are a lot of options, but most are huge/heavy and would take up precious space in the back of the truck.

A friend (with a Disco) recommended the Twistep... looks ok, but pricey and not sure if my dog would go for that.

Has anyone come up with a clever solution or found a suitable product that works well with the limited cargo space in the Defender?

Thanks for reading.

-D
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Old October 11th, 2009, 10:03 PM
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How about a good old fashioned step stool?

Google for "pet step stool" if you want to shell out for one intended for pets, but any fold up kind should do.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 10:16 PM
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The Twistep and step stool are good ideas (Plow and Hearth has a nice black plastic folding step stool for $15) but I'm partial to the ramp idea.

My dog is still youthful, but the jumping up and especially the jumping down doesn't look comfortable for him. I saw a ramp some time ago in the back of a magazine, but IIRC it was quite expensive.

This one is a little more reasonable, but it looks quite large. Not sure where you'd store it.

http://www.fetchdog.com/pet-supplies..._campaign=base

This one looks a little better as far as storage, still the same price though.

http://www.yourpetramp.com/product/62321

Great looking dogs (and the D90)! Keep us posted on your search, I've been looking for one as well.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 10:19 PM
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Roof rack and sand ladders/ramps? LOL
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Old October 11th, 2009, 10:29 PM
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Roof rack and sand ladders/ramps? LOL
I like the way you think

Thanks for the other suggestions. I recently ordered this ramp, but it is ginormous and not very sturdy... and as a result is being returned to Amazon.

I've seen a few shots of defenders with low profile storage drawers that fit between the fenders. Was thinking about modifying one with a ramp inside (think U-Haul pull-out ramp, but telescoping)... provides stealth ramp storage, stable platform for the dogs and extra space for nunchucks and stuff.

Anyone know who makes these? Am I barking up the wrong tree here?

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Old October 11th, 2009, 11:44 PM
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I would use a piece of PAP (pierced aluminium platform aka a sand ladder) Put it on the hitch and he can walk right up. My dog on the other hand does not mind being lifted up even though she can make it fine on her own (she jumps in when I am working on the trucks and thinks like we are going somewhere).
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Old October 12th, 2009, 02:08 AM
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Maybe you could adapt a Hi-Lift jack spare tire mount to hold the ramp and store it on the spare rather than inside the cargo space with the K-9s.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 10:10 AM
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I've had this ramp for years: http://www.dogramp.com It's very sturdy and can hold 100's of pounds. I have a platform across the two wheel wells and it stores underneath OK.
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I replaced the rear door with tailgate & liftgate. I lengthened the chains and painted the interior surface of the tailgate with non-skid.
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Follow-up post: I ended up finding a used Twistep on CL at a bargain and it is absolutely perfect... almost looks like it belongs on the truck... stores out of the way when not in use and my dogs love it.

One note... it will not fit if you run a rear swaybay... when folded in, the step sits snug up against the skid plate for the gas tank.

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Looks like a nice product. Thanks for the tip!
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