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    Loading/Unloading AC unit into truck or van

    Just wondering if there's an easy way to load and unload an ac unit to and from the back of the truck or van if you have to do it alone. Found this one on youtube which seems to be a good idea. I don't know how it could work on a van though with the doors and stuff. Do any of you guys have a system of doing it?



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    We had a truck like that and wound up removing the crane.

    Working on a setup with small chains hoists, unistrut and unistrut trolleys to move heavy compressors, but it isn't done, yet.

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    That looks pretty cool and fairly easy to set up, I may have to look into that. We have one that bolts to the bed of a truck but it just rips the bed to shreds after a lift or 2. I guess it would work well on a flatbed with steel floor, there just isn't anything strong enough to bolt it to on a pickup. I like the idea of using the receiver hitch.

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    I usually use a cart or dolly of some sort, if it is available, and use milk crates to adjust the height so that it is level with the floor of the van. Then, rock it into the van. Otherwise, find a helper and He-Man it into the van.

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    I just built a long set of ramps from 2x8 with aluminum strips on the side to keep the wheels of the dolly from coming off. Very easy, very cheap, durable and they slid into anything I was driving. And there are end plates you can get from some of the hardware folks to mate up the 2x8 ends to the bed/surface on both ends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Working on a setup with small chains hoists, unistrut and unistrut trolleys to move heavy compressors, but it isn't done, yet.
    I'm thinking that might work too for ac units on a van setup with the proper load capacity hoist and beefed up ceiling installation.

    Quote Originally Posted by eeeVAC
    I usually use a cart or dolly of some sort, if it is available, and use milk crates to adjust the height so that it is level with the floor of the van. Then, rock it into the van.
    I'm having a hard time visualizing this. It looks complicated.

    The ramp idea is nice too Delta. I might look into how I can make one that will work for me. I like how it won't cost too much to build it.

    I found where you can buy the lift from the video, expensive at about $1,150 but looks worth it if you do it a lot.

    http://www.spitzlift.com/receiver-hitch.html

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    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...amps+ramp-kits

    Two long 2x8's with some sort of side rails and the above ramp kits and you can just about move anything anywere. When I moved to Florida I gave them to the guy what purchased my Pexto shear. Weighing over 600 pounds I ran a 2x4 backbone on the back of the 2x8 and secured it with bolt/flat washers every 12 inches or so. The ramps never even flexed when the shear ran up it.

    And the longer the ramps the less slope so it's much easier to push stuff up.
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    Try that with a trane ac. Haha, no


    Good idea. Guy localy has a tailgate lift on his truck

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaT View Post
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...amps+ramp-kits

    Two long 2x8's with some sort of side rails and the above ramp kits and you can just about move anything anywere. When I moved to Florida I gave them to the guy what purchased my Pexto shear. Weighing over 600 pounds I ran a 2x4 backbone on the back of the 2x8 and secured it with bolt/flat washers every 12 inches or so. The ramps never even flexed when the shear ran up it.

    And the longer the ramps the less slope so it's much easier to push stuff up.
    Thanks for the link! That is awesome, the kits can indeed make you think of different ways to create your own ramp. I'm ordering one for sure.

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    Loading is one thing.

    Unloading, is easy with a van if you still have the spare tire under the van.

    Take your 2 wheeler, and cram it under the van at an angle, so the fork (bottom plate) is wedging the 2 wheeler in place.
    Pull the ac back, lean it against the 2 wheeler, and start rocking the 2 wheeler back and forth to get it unwedged.

    Pull the 2 wheeler away from the van, and the unit will slide down the 2 wheeler.

    Done it that way for 7 years. The biggest problem I face is getting anything greater than 3.5 ton, or anything greater than 14 seer to FIT in the dang van.
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    slide ac out of truck and let gravity do the work. when loading get one corner in back of van then go to other side and slide it in. do a lot of pushups after work. oh ya cut all copper out and put in copper bucket and motor in motor bucket and take home, it usually makes for easier loading.

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    I agree that unloading is a lot easier specially with smaller units. I think I understood the method using the 2 wheeler and will give it a try. I just wish I am younger like a lot of you guys are here but I do try to give myself a workout from time to time. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvacvegas View Post
    Loading is one thing.

    Unloading, is easy with a van if you still have the spare tire under the van.

    Take your 2 wheeler, and cram it under the van at an angle, so the fork (bottom plate) is wedging the 2 wheeler in place.
    Pull the ac back, lean it against the 2 wheeler, and start rocking the 2 wheeler back and forth to get it unwedged.

    Pull the 2 wheeler away from the van, and the unit will slide down the 2 wheeler.

    Done it that way for 7 years. The biggest problem I face is getting anything greater than 3.5 ton, or anything greater than 14 seer to FIT in the dang van.
    If you have a trailer hitch on the back of your van... simply put the handle of the 2 wheeler onto the hitch (between the ball and the van). Slide the unit out onto the 2 wheeler and truck it where you are going.
    The reverse is the same; Truck the unit to the van, tip the 2 wheeler over onto the trailer hitch, and slide the unit into the van.

    In my case (Chevy Express), I have something like 47.5" of height to play with. The units I install are always less than 36" anyhow... so it is not an issue.
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