Oh my godâ€¦ what a great idea. A few ramps placed around esplanade would go a long way. I had a goal of making the Contraptionâ€™s rear seat removable in â€˜08 in order to accommodate a wheelchair. I had figured on using ramps for access, but the last minute flop of the steam boiler and subsequent punt with internal combustion left me with no time to reengineer the seat situation.
Having ramps at camp would be no problem at all, since we use them to unload/load The Contraption itself. Taking them with us would be a whole different issue. Having a ramp that adjusted up and down to accommodate different MV deck heights is genius. And an old barber chair-type mechanism might just be the thing. Plus, small bottle hydraulic bottle jacks are very affordable as well and, like the barber seat idea, require no power other than human to operate. Iâ€™d love to be a hands-on part of such a project, but geography and time/budget constraints will limit me this year. I fear making it will be accomplishment enough.
I am totally prepared to offer (at the very least) contraptioneering and brainstorming skills from afar. Iâ€™m seeing a simple inclined ramp, with landing at the top, that could be adjusted up and down easily by one person. Like an oversized motorcycle jack-type thing. Directions could be placed in large, clear print on a sign. This would allow any crew of any MV to operate the ramp without the need to have it manned 24/7. Picture one of these at 3:00, 6:00, & 9:00.
I think this idea has much merit.
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