Do you want to turn your toy hauler ramp into a patio but aren't sure how? We have researched how to do it and have found many ways to turn your toy hauler ramp into a patio and would like to share the answers with you.
To turn your toy hauler ramp into a patio, you will want to buy a patio kit. These usually work by attaching cables from the top of the toy hauler to the edge of the ramp. This holds it up and creates a patio. You can also buy cables and clamps yourself, but the kit's cables are premeasured.
There is also a method of turning your toy hauler ramp into a patio that involves clamped-on jacks. You weld metal clamps on metal jacks and clamp the jacks to the toy hauler's ramp. You can then use these jacks to level the patio.
In this article, we will teach you how to turn a toy hauler ramp into a patio using several methods. We will also look into how much weight a toy hauler deck can hold and other toy hauler-related questions. Keep reading to learn more.
How To Turn A Toy Hauler Ramp Into A Patio
If you are looking to turn your toy hauler ramp into a patio, then you are in the right place. There are several methods of turning your toy hauler ramp into a patio.
Some involve buying kits specific to your toy hauler that help create the patio from the ramp. Others are made yourself using a handful of brackets and cables.
There is also a method that uses clamps and jacks. We will cover the patio kits first, then move on to the DIY options.
Dirt Warrior Toy Hauler Patio Conversion Cable Kit
You can find this product here on Amazon.
The Dirt Warrior Toy Hauler Patio Conversion Cable Kit is a kit that comes with the basics to turn your toy hauler's ramp into a lovely patio you can enjoy.
The cables in this kit are designed to accommodate toy hauler ramp doors between six feet six inches and seven feet four inches tall. These cables are also strong. They can support 1,800 pounds.
The brackets are also designed to be installed with little screwing. Also, the cables have a length adjuster to make assembling this kit easy and quick.
We only found one patio conversion cable kit, but the items that make up the kit are pretty common and can be assembled without a kit, which is what many people choose to do. That will bring us right into our DIY Cables Method.
DIY Cables Method
A lot of people choose to install their own suspension patio on their toy hauler's ramp. You may have gotten a used toy hauler that didn't come with one or just wanted to save some money by doing it yourself. Either way, now you need to know how to convert your toy hauler's ramp into a patio.
If you are going to install a suspension cable patio on your toy hauler's ramp, you will want to have the right supplies. You will need metal cables capable of holding 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. You will also need metal brackets to install the cable to the toy hauler's ramp.
First, measure your cable length so that the toy hauler's ramp is level when the cable is tight. Then make a mark on the ramp where the cable needs to connect.
Drill your brackets into place on the toy hauler's ramp. Next, attach the ends of the metal cable to the brackets and the anchor holes on the top of the toy hauler.
Once connected, the wire should hold up the toy hauler's ramp door when open. This will allow you to use the surface of the ramp as a patio that you could put chairs or a table on.
One of the main reasons someone would do this themselves over buying a toy hauler with the patio option is that the manufacturer can sometimes charge thousands of dollars for a patio kit, whereas building one yourself sometimes costs less than $200.
If you would like to watch a video to see close up how to convert a toy hauler's ramp into a patio, you can check out C & C's Adventure's Youtube video:
DIY Jacks Method
There is another method for installing a patio on your toy hauler's ramp, but this one is slightly different. Most methods utilize two cables that hold up the ramp. However, this method uses jacks clamped to the toy hauler's ramp to hold up the ramp, creating the patio.
The first step is to weld metal clamps to the top of a twisting metal jack. This allows you to clamp the jack to the toy hauler's ramp door and unscrew the jack until the ramp is level. That makes this system self-adjusting.
Since this method doesn't use cables, it doesn't need the anchor holes on top. So even if your toy hauler doesn't have any anchor holes, you can still enjoy a patio.
The main thing you need to do is find a suitable size metal clamp and jack. Once you have them and you have welded them together, that's about it. The guy in the following video adds a pad to reduce pressure on the door, but it is primarily cosmetic and not necessary.
Sky Management has a great video on installing a patio on a toy hauler using the DIY Jacks Method:
How Much Weight Can A Toy Hauler Deck Hold?
A toy hauler's deck is almost always built to handle 2,500 pounds. Some larger toy haulers are built with more study decks that can hold 3,000 pounds. The total weight a toy hauler deck can hold is different if the toy hauler's deck is used as a patio.
Sometimes people will look at a toy hauler's carrying capacity for its deck and think that it translates to weight allowed on its patio. When the deck is on the ground, it is supported by the strength of the ramp itself. When it is in patio mode, it is supported by the metal cables holding it up. Patio mode is usually only rated to handle weights of up to 1,500 pounds.
So, how much weight a toy hauler deck can hold is 2,500 pounds if the ramp is down and 1,500 pounds if in patio mode.
Can You Live In A Toy Hauler?
Yes, you can live in a toy hauler. There are whole groups of people who have chosen a life on the road.
Toy haulers can come with everything you need to live. They have bedrooms to sleep in, kitchens for food, and bathrooms for hygiene. A lot of them even have a TV.
While it may seem at first that you wouldn't have enough space to live full time in a toy hauler, when you don't have an address, then the whole world becomes your front yard. If you want to see something new, you can simply pack up and move. As a result, living in a smaller space can feel much more freeing.
This lifestyle isn't for everyone, but if you love traveling and don't mind small spaces, this could be the perfect life for you.
Which Toy Haulers Have A Side Patio?
There are many good options for toy hauler owners if you would like to enjoy a patio but don't want to have it installed on the ramp. The side patio is a patio that connects to the side of a toy hauler. While there are many makes and models of toy haulers, here are a few of our favorite toy haulers that have a side patio.
Keystone Fuzion 424
The Keystone Fuzion 424 is a great toy hauler that comes with a side patio. Its side patio attaches to the kitchen to allow other people more places to eat their food. If you want to learn more about the Keystone Fuzion 424, you can find it on its manufacturer's website.
Road Warrior 4275RW
The Road Warrior 4275RW is a toy hauler that has a nice side patio. Its side patio attaches to the living area allowing for the more overall flow of the floor space. If you want to learn more about the Road Warrior 4275RW, you can find them here on their manufacturer's website.
Forest River XLR Hyperlite 3412
The Forest River XLR Hyperlite 4312 is a toy hauler with a large side patio. This toy hauler has its side patio attached to the dinette area. This will make this floor plan great for large meals with the family. You can find this toy hauler on its manufacturer's website.
How Long Do Toy Haulers Last?
Toy haulers last for 10-20 years, depending on how well they are taken care of. If you regularly clean and perform maintenance on your toy hauler, it could last over 15 years.
It is essential to also take it easy on your toy hauler if you want it to last as long as possible. If you overload your toy hauler with stuff too often, it can put undue stress on it and shorten its lifespan.
In this article, we learned several methods on how to add a patio to your toy hauler. Remember to use strong enough cables to support the toy haulers ramp and the weight of several people and a chair or two.
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