Getting big dogs in and out of the car without injuring yourself or the dog can be quite a challenge. This ramp has been amazing at solving that problem, so amazing that we actually ended up buying two! When looking for a ramp to fit our needs we knew that it was going to have to be able to hold quite a bit a weight. We also needed something that was long enough to reach into a pick up truck. Then we found this ramp on amazon.
There are a lot of great features that we love about this ramp! First of all, it can hold up to 300lbs which is what we needed for our three giant dogs. I know for a fact that we have had over 300lbs on that ramp at one time and it has held up. I am not recommending that you put more weight on it than the product recommends, but it has happened to us a few times where two of our dogs will stand on it together, putting it over the recommended weight limit. It also has a non stick grip over the entire surface which keeps pets from slipping even when it is wet. Another great feature is that it collapses down to 47″ and extends out to 87″. This makes for easy storage in a smaller space when collapsed and when extended, allows a milder incline for the dog using ramp.
After having our first ramp for about a year, we ended up purchasing a second one. Not because the first one had wore out but because we needed a way to get our dogs in and out of our travel trailer and got stick of bringing the one from the truck back and forth. The ramp worked wonderfully for this too! All we did was ratchet strap the ramp to the top step of the trailer when we would park so that it did not move at all when they used it. I even used it myself to get in and out when I would use that door of the trailer!
For us, this ramp is a MUST have item! With each of our dogs weighing in at over 130lbs and growing, we needed a way to get them in and out of things (maybe even up stairs as they age) with ease. Dogs can also injury themselves jumping in, and especially out, of tall vehicles. My parents had a 90lb golden retriever that injured her back jumping out of their truck and she was never the same after that. Walter cut his leg the first time he tried to use the trailer steps because he slipped and I didn’t want either of those things, or anything else, to happen to us again.
This ramp has been put through what I consider to be a rigorous test of all the features it offers. We moved into our travel trailer with the dogs full time for about 5 months. We attached our year old ramp to the travel trailer and the dogs used it every time they went outside. For some preceptive on how much use this is, I take the boys out about 6-8 times a daily. That is three giant dogs in and out roughly 6-8 times a day for at least 5 months. We also had multiple other dogs use the ramp along with us during this time due to dog sitting. (Side note: we only had one dog hesitate to use the ramp when dog sitting and after watching my boys run right up it, he quickly followed suit.) After all of that use the only issue that we had was that the non stick grip tape started to wear out. The sharp toe nails of the dogs started to tear it out in spots a little bit at a time. When the tape is missing the ramp gets very slippery due to its plastic surface. There is a SUPER easy solution to this though! We found some super grip tape on amazon and removed the remaining original tape, replaced it with the new tape and it has been wonderful since. I cannot even blame the ramp company for this grip tape wearing out with how much we used that ramp. Appling the new tape was like having a brand new ramp without the cost of one! This is a LOVE it item for for us- both the ramp and the tape!
Below is a video showing how easy it is for Walter to get in and out of our vehicle using this ramp. This video also shows how we store the ramp in our vehicle.