Utility Platform

Well, earlier this week I saw that Spring was knocking at the door and so I brought old [email protected] home from storage and parked her in the drive.  We decided to buy the utility platform and it arrived yesterday afternoon in a huge cardboard container that resembled a big Toblerone candy bar.  Tomorrow would be the day I told myself.  Welllll.....   I woke up to 3 inches of snow and falling, and the camper is covered.  The forcast is for a foot of snow in our area.  Sigh...  So, I went out to the garage and opened the box.  Inside is a beautiful platorm with 4 bolts.  Nothing else..  I'm old,  I can figure this out... Piece of cake...  Besides, now is the time to start up the blower and move some snow here.  Also have to clean up for some "old" people.  (They are old... 97 to be exact). 

 

Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
2016 LG [email protected] Max S
[email protected]  Road   
Appleton,  WI



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  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 3,960Member
    @TerryV6, At 97, those are extremely well-seasoned folks. Nice of you to help them out! :)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  


  • MuttonChopsMuttonChops Posts: 116Member
    . . . opened the box.  Inside is a beautiful platform with 4 bolts.  Nothing else..  I'm old,  I can figure this out... Piece of cake...

    @TerryV6

    Am 100% sure you can figure out the platform installation.

    To give you some confidence here are pictures from a factory installed with standard colored plastic tub.


    Believe the procedure is:
      - Remove Propane & Battery
      - Remove FOUR Bolts/nuts that hold Propane/Battery Rack and Tub to frame.
      - Place new Platform, it self aligns . . . suggest you double check Propane Rack & Tub placement
      - Expect you will have to Drill the Four Platform mounting holes into Frame
      - Assemble platform, Tub, Propane Rack.

    2018 [email protected] 320 Spitched axle
    TV: 2017 Colorado V6 Z71 4x4, Tow Package, Factory Trailer Brake Controller
    Craig - - Puget Sound, Washington
     
  • SAMSAM Posts: 1,768Member
    So much for spring!
    Sharon and John - Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Blue and Silver 2017 CSS towed by a 2015 Salsa Red Toyota Sienna
  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 585Member
    Yes, we got 8 inches more last night with rain, and 7 more expected.  I’m thinking I’ll just get some lawn chairs, set up a table and enjoy the view.   Once I clean the ice off my glasses...

       Look at my pants... I’m completely soaked... and the snow is ice packed...

    We do have friends in Seattle and Dallas...
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 LG [email protected] Max S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI



  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,371Administrator
    I can see the ice on your spare!  
    Verna, Indianapolis, Indiana; 2014 [email protected] S [email protected], white/red, INDIANA  [email protected]@SIER; towed by 2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD 4x4; [email protected] Administrator
  • SAMSAM Posts: 1,768Member
    @TerryV6 - time to get out of town!  It is pouring rain Saturday through Tuesday here, but at least no white stuff.
    Sharon and John - Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Blue and Silver 2017 CSS towed by a 2015 Salsa Red Toyota Sienna
  • hymiehymie Posts: 124Member
    @TerryV6 This shot is of our platform with the tub off. I cropped the shot to show a better view of the one visible bolt. Hope this helps...
    James & Jacquie     Almonte, Ontario
    2016 Jeep Cherokee & 2017 [email protected] Outback
  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 585Member
    Thanks James, It really is looking pretty simple.  I also do more study into something before doing because I always run into "something".    Simple jobs are never simple and I try to avoid those mistakes.  If you don't mind, what is that flat section in front of the platform?  I had a storage mod thing there that I bought here from one of the members.  It was really rather clever.  I am now going to put in a bike rack like the one Mandy Lee has on her Tab, so it will have to go.  
    Oh yes, usually I click on a photo here that I want to save, right click on it and save as a jpeg.  I see that these photos come up as .webp files, so I had to learn about those and how to save them as jpegs.  I added something to my chrome browser that lets me do that.  Thanks for another learning experience.  I learn one new thing a day, it is just a problem that I forget two others.... grin...  
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 LG [email protected] Max S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI



  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 585Member
    ericnliz said:
    @TerryV6, At 97, those are extremely well-seasoned folks. Nice of you to help them out! :)
    He is my friend's father.  Everyone has a story, or is a story.  He was an orphan who was adopted by a farm couple in central Wisconsin.  He met a girl here in Appleton, about 25 miles away and would ride his bike to see her.  Then, being drafted, he was trained in tanks and the army in its wisdom, sent him to the Pacific, where there wasn't as much of a need.  His regiment was sent to the Philippines after they were liberated and they were tasked with recovering war dead.  So..  no good memories there.  He raised 5 fine sons and after losing his wife last year, he has a spot on the mantle where he puts a fresh rose in a vase every few days.  
    He is a great guy.  How could you not help him out.  Yesterday he beat me to it however, as even with a cane he managed to clear the drive with his blower.  
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 LG [email protected] Max S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI



  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 3,960Member
    @TerryV6, The resilience of that generation of folks astounds me every day. My mom at 87 still lives in her own place, and shovels & takes care of her own yard. My kids call her the "Energizer Bunny" Grandma! :)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  


  • ChanWChanW Posts: 1,884Member
    @ericnliz, @TerryV6, good stories!
    Chan       --         Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 'S' Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl Access Cab
     A[email protected]'ll_Do_Ya

  • c2seasidec2seaside Posts: 3Member
    @TerryV6 ; When the snow melts, and you tackle this project, be aware that the breakaway switch may be in the way of where you need to drill the front hole on of the trailer to mount the platform. I'm a modestly handy person, and managed to mount the platform without too much difficulty, but I accidentally damaged the breakaway switch when I was moving it forward. Rewiring a breakaway switch is significantly more difficult after the platform is mounted (the box is centered under the platform/tongue). My advice is not to damage the breakaway switch. If it looks like it's in the way, be sure to carefully remove it and drill new mount prior to installing the platform and be sure the wire will extend far enough before drilling new attachment into the frame. That was the problem for me. Wiring was damaged because not enough slack to move forward far enough to clear the platform attachment.


  • dragonsdoflydragonsdofly Posts: 544Member
    @TerryV6, @ericnliz, I have one of those energizer bunny people too. Last year I stopped by my mom's place to find her (at age 90) up on a ladder washing her second story outside windows. She shovels the snow, mows the lawn and gardens. She drives and takes people 10/20 years younger than herself to church. I find her amazing!
    2017 [email protected] sofitel([email protected])TV 2005 gmc envoy xl. Wyandotte, Michigan.
    Draco dormiens numquam titilandus.
  • hymiehymie Posts: 124Member
    @TerryV6 Platform is for the dual 6v batteries in a Noco battery box.
    James & Jacquie     Almonte, Ontario
    2016 Jeep Cherokee & 2017 [email protected] Outback
  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 585Member
    Well, thanks to someone upstairs for the snowmelt and for all of the help and photos I received here, I put on my platform.  Looks great IMHO.  Drilling the holes wasn't bad, but I found out quickly how many of my bits were dull.  Also, the cabling tip from C2seaside was helpful and I remounted the unit to allow for the extra cable length needed.  I then took off my diamond plate storage mod.  Sniff, sorry to see it go, and added a bike rack.  It is the one that Mandy Lea shows on her blog and looks to be high quality.  Then, thinking Tongue weight, I took off my spare mount that is in the picture.  I'm doing my homework in that area.  I did a weight on this setup, without the bikes, but with the tire still on, and it was 275.  So, I'm thinking I might be around 300 without the tire and with the bikes.  I am driving a Ram 1500 which has a towing capacity of 7000, and the class 4 hitch is rated to 1200 pds.  Ideally, I would like to be able to put a generator on one side and an small carry box with incidentals on the other side.  Hmmm.... more study to be done, plus searching for knowledge.  I know that supposedly the Tab is 1670 and 10 to 15 percent should be my tongue weight.  So, I am well over this estimate.  But I am wondering if my truck is taken into consideration in this and if counterbalancing could offset this number somewhat.  That is really where my question lies...  Maybe if I make my wife sit in the back I would be good to go...

    Hymie, what is your tongue weight?  You have an Outback.  Higher weight rating?



    Oh yes, if you will notice, I have a few more clamps holding the bike base.  "She who must be obeyed" was worried and wanted me to add.....
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 LG [email protected] Max S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI



  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 585Member
    Well, we have finally made it out and are on the shores of Lake Michigan. Our new setup worked well, but we found that the platform interfered with the stabilizer crank somewhat.  Also, the little extra weight made getting the jack wheel off a bit of a problem.  I saw this discussed in other threads.  Oh well.  Time to explore the dunes... 



    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 LG [email protected] Max S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI



  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 585Member
    Oh yes."She who must be obeyed" is a reference quote from a British TV show, Rumple.  He always used that about his wife.  My wife wanted a t shirt made. 
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 LG [email protected] Max S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI



  • SAMSAM Posts: 1,768Member
    Hi @TerryV6, glad to see you made it to the dunes.  Was re-reading your comments above.  Your tongue weight should be based on the total weight of the trailer, not just the dry weight.  So add, gear, food, platform and boxes, bikes and racks, etc.  to come up with a truer weight.  And yes, tongue weight can be altered by more weight behind the Tab axle.  We still need to weigh our Tab fully loaded.  We have the tongue weight, now we need the Tab weight.
    Sharon and John - Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Blue and Silver 2017 CSS towed by a 2015 Salsa Red Toyota Sienna
  • hymiehymie Posts: 124Member
    @TerryV6 Our tongue weight is around 225 lbs loaded and ready to go. Our spare is on the back Yakima rack.
    James & Jacquie     Almonte, Ontario
    2016 Jeep Cherokee & 2017 [email protected] Outback
  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 585Member
    Yes, my wife wants me to just put the tire in the truck bed.  With the mount, that is 50 pounds.  Also, someone said a hitch with the ball up about and inch would adjust for the wheel  The measure for this one was before I added weight.

    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 LG [email protected] Max S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI



  • TerryV6TerryV6 Posts: 585Member
    hymie said:
    @TerryV6 Our tongue weight is around 225 lbs loaded and ready to go. Our spare is on the back Yakima rack.
    Would you recommend the rack as an add on for our tab? Pricey? 
    Terry & Jody...  2016 Dodge Ram 1500
    2016 LG [email protected] Max S
    [email protected]  Road   
    Appleton,  WI



  • linolino Posts: 72Member
    edited May 16
    We just had a platform installed last week
    The extra tongue weight is making towing much smoother 

    I am wondering what did others pay pay for the platform?
  • hymiehymie Posts: 124Member
    @TerryV6 I would likely not buy the rack but do enjoy not having the spare up front. The rack is not rated for much beyond the weight of spare. We carry a pair of light camp chairs on it and some extendable poles. Looks good though...
    James & Jacquie     Almonte, Ontario
    2016 Jeep Cherokee & 2017 [email protected] Outback
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