Rampage Installation

Question:I am considering replacing my car with a pickup truck, and am interested in the Rampage lift that you sell, but have a few questions about it. You say that it can be installed so that it is easy to disconnect the bolts from the
bed, which is great. But how heavy is the unit then? Is it a one man lift, a two man lift, or do you need to get three or four people to move it around?

Also, what size truck bed is needed for the installation? And have you encountered any other reasons that it couldn’t be installed?

Answer:These are great questions.

The Rampage can be removed by one person if you take the sliding ramp out of the base. The ramp is manageable but the base is still pretty heavy. It’s 1/4 and 3/8 steel, so it’s just a heavily-built base. One person who is fairly well fit can handle it, but it’s much easier if it’s a two person job. Some people have built workarounds to make it easier for one person to handle it, but I think it’s easier and less expensive to spring for a couple of six packs and get a buddy to help when needed.

The unit will work in pretty much any size bed. 5′ 4″ is the minimum. Standard bed length is 6′ to 6.5′ and of course the max is an 8′ bed. If you go with an 8′ bed, the benefit is you can mount the unit so that you can put the tail gate on after you load the bike. You could also leave the unit in the bed and have it fully covered, so it wouldn’t be as necessary to remove/reinstall it.

The downside to an 8′ bed is that you have to be more exacting about putting it in. It’s important to place it so the ramp clears the lip of the bed in the back when it’s tilted down, but is in far enough that you can put the tail gate back on.

Sometimes this means that the Rampage mounting holes are over top of the stringers that run under the bed and connect the bed to the frame. That’s a problem when using the rivet nuts that are used for installation. The advantage of rivet nuts is that they stay in the bed so you can easily bolt/unbolt the unit. However, those have to be located on a flat surface. Hitting the flange on one of those stringers when you are drilling the holes for the rivet nuts is an “Oh shit” moment.

If you have a standard size bed, you can move the unit forward or backward a little bit to miss the stringers that run underneath which eliminates this issue. That’s because the rear of the unit is going to hang off the bed anyway, so you’re not trying to meet two placement objectives at the same time. Of course, this means that the rear of the unit will be exposed, even if your tonneau cover is fully deployed, so you’re more likely to want to take the unit out if you do not plan to use it for a period of time.

Although it sounds tricky, installation is actually pretty simple. You’re drilling four holes, installing four rivet nuts and running a power cable. I did it by following the printed directions and did not have a problem. The keys to a successful installation are:

1) Get the right size drill bit that is recommended for the rivet nuts
2) Pay attention to where the stringers run under the bed so you don’t hit them when drilling
3) Make sure the ramp can properly clear the lip of the tail gate
4) Avoid overdrilling the holes for the rivet nuts

11 thoughts on “Rampage Installation”

    1. Good question, I think it depends how far back the travel trailer sits when it is attached. To get an idea whether it would work, you could do this: Get a 4 x 8 sheet of roofing (something cheap) and rip it in half along the length to get a 2 x 8. That represents the footprint of a Rampage. Put that in your truck the way you would expect to mount the Rampage and then see if you can attach your trailer, make turns, etc.

  1. Looking into buying a new Chevy Silverado Truck in the very near future. And possibly a Rampage system down the road to
    transport my Road King. I’ve read 2 different things, it will work
    in a 5 ft. bed and this site says 5 ft. 4′. I guess I need to look into
    the length of a Silverado Short bed. Does the Rampage work as
    well or the same on a short bed vs. 6 ft. bed?

    1. Hi Rick, if I’m reading the specs right on the 2016 Silverado short box, it’s 69″ long, more than enough to accommodate the Rampage. The lift would work equally well in the short or regular box length.

  2. I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 long bed. I was hoping that having the long bed would be beneficial. My dream would be to load up my 2015 Harley Street Glide CVO on to the bed and hook up my travel trailer and hit the road! With the Rampage, I could care less if the tailgate was up or removed…my question is, can I install the Rampage, load my Harley and hook up my travel trailer with no issues? You mentioned to be cautious during the drilling of the mount locations? Can you clarify please. The Rampage could be my dream come true to actually bring my Harley on camping outings!

    1. Hi Dan, that sounds to me like it would work just fine. If you have the long bed (8 foot), the bike should be completely contained within the cargo box. If your hitch is coming off the frame/bumper at the rear of the truck, I don’t see where there would be a conflict. With respect to mounting, there are two things to be careful of. One is that the holes you drill for the mounting hardware (plus nuts), needs to be pretty exact or else the jacket on the plus nut won’t have enough sheet metal in the truck bed to attach to. The other is to make sure you are clear of the stringers under the bed of the truck. That said, over the years I have learned that Rampage mounting is more flexible than my original thinking. For example, if the mounting points on the Rampage line up with the stringers under the bed of the truck, some folks weld L-shaped tabs of angle iron to the frame in a different spot, drill those out, and use those as mounting points. Others install a 2×6 header in the bed of the truck where they can easily drill wherever they want, and then attach the Rampage to that. So, lots of mounting options.

  3. I own a rampage and been very happy with it . I was wondering if any of your customers attached the lift to their bed using the rails for a fifth wheel hitch. we pull a fifth wheel and also a bumper pull . I have a eight food bed and it would be easy to install the lift if it was mounted to my rails . thanks

  4. I have A 2015 Goldwing that I transport in the back of my 2014 F150 long bed pickup truck. I now load it with a ramp and a loading dock when i can find one. Your Rampage loader looks like the answer to my need for an extra body to help load and unload.
    My question is how easy is it to UNLOAD. Being 75 and not as strong as I once was, it looks like you have to pull the bike off the back of the truck, park with the slope of the truck to the rear, or
    does the cable pull the bike backwards and off?

    1. Hi Bob, good question. You do have to pull it to get it started but the ramp rolls pretty easily. Some folks install it with a 2×6 header under the front so that gravity will pull it out.

  5. How does a bed liner (sprayed or plastic) integrate with the mounting hardware?
    Could you post a pix of the mounting bolts and/or hardware in the bed?

    1. In either case, if you plan to use the supplied hardware, you need metal-on-metal contact between the mounting hardware and the truck bed which means cutting away a small portion of the sprayed liner around the hole or cutting through the plastic insert. The stock hardware supplied are “plus nuts” which is a threaded jacket that you insert into the mounting hole. A supplied tool pull the jacket into a flange, like a rivet would do. This lets you bolt down the Rampage without having to get under the bed to spin a nut onto the bolt.

      Plus Nuts

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