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post #9 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 09:02 PM
edwardb
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Chris as you know I do not own one. However, I did witness a Cobra being loaded at LCS about 4 year ago. The ramp on one side kicked up and detached itself from the trailer and fell to the ground. I yelled for the guy to keep going since the rear tire was almost on the trailer and it was OK. However, I think a better way to attached the top of the ramp to the trailer should be considered.

I have only experience with rented U-Haul trailers and the ramps slide out and are still attached some how. Lee
The SE is built on several different platforms depending on the location and trailer provider, so I think there may be some variations in the design and specifically the ramps. I can only speak to the all aluminum version pictured in post #2. Due to the beaver tail rear, there is limited room for the ramps to slide in out like the U-Haul. In my case, the ramps have an attachment point on the front. It's very robust, and they're not going anywhere. When used to drive the car in and out of the trailer, they are captured by the rear bumper and an extruded piece on the front of the ramp. Also very robust. I don't see how it would be possible for the ramp to kick up and detach like described. That would be scary...

I did one other thing. I actually glued rubber chocks to the floor of my SE. Used those solid triangle ones from HF and glued to floor with construction adhesive. Made it really easy to drive in and stop against the chocks, and be in the perfect position to strap down and also eliminate fear of hitting the nose inside the trailer. Thought about getting a winch, but with the chocks, it's a piece of cake to drive in and out.

Here's a picture of the ramps and where they stow.

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