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Thread: roll-out ramps vs. foldout ramps in minivans

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    roll-out ramps vs. foldout ramps in minivans

    Is there a significant difference, other than incline, in the roll-out vs. the fold-out ramps in the Toyota minivan? I live in Boston and snow removal atop the curb of the handicap parking spots is rarely done. Also, if there is an battery failure, is it easy to open by hand from inside the van?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhand View Post
    Is there a significant difference, other than incline, in the roll-out vs. the fold-out ramps in the Toyota minivan? I live in Boston and snow removal atop the curb of the handicap parking spots is rarely done. Also, if there is an battery failure, is it easy to open by hand from inside the van?
    For me the main pro of a in floor ramp is more room inside without the ramp inside.. No cons so far..

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    incline is about the same.

    It all comes down to which one you like the best (try both out).

    There both very
    reliable (in floor from VMI has been around since around 1996)

    Like
    HACKNSACK44 mentioned you end up with more room inside.

    Both style ramps can have issues depending on the amount of snow your deploying them into.

    imho: The in floor style ramp does a little better (depending on the snow)

    As the folding ramp deploys it can easily get hung up in snow.
    The infloor will typically continue to deploy and only auto reverse if it hit something hard.

    The VMI infloor ramp has a electric back up system called sure deploy.
    In the event the primary battery failed you would be able to deploy the ramp electrically from inside the van.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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