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Hi I'm just buying a Swift Bravo 724 (Fiat Ducato) and planing to create a new entrance to park it. We have to dig a sloped drive to allow access. Does anyone know how i could find out what gradient a Fiat Bravo with a Bravo coach build could comfortably drive up without grounding it? thanks DaveC
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We have suspension on the back axle

Lifts the van so no grounding

The garage is quite far back

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Welcome Dave.

Wouldn't you also have to consider the camber of the road you're leaving?

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We had to reprofile our driveway as the angle between the flat and the slope up to the road was too sharp and would have caused grounding.

We got over this by splitting the angle into two by extending the sloping bit onto the flat with a shallower slope and angle, which then transitioned with a shallow angle onto the original slope. The two transitions have the same angle this halving the original angle.

To work out the angles required I drew out the profile of the overhang on graph paper from measuring the distance from the centre of the back axle to the lowest point at the rear of the MH and the clearance at that point. From this one can measure of what angle the overhang will tolerate without grounding. Then add a little for clearance.

Of course you do need sufficient longitudinal space to achieve this, but we had 40m from the pavement level and a drop of about 1-1.5m

As said above, you may have to do similar for the camber of the road.

Hope this is clear enough to help.

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And do your testing with the van loaded!

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Hi I'm just buying a Swift Bravo 724 (Fiat Ducato) and planing to create a new entrance to park it. We have to dig a sloped drive to allow access. Does anyone know how i could find out what gradient a Fiat Bravo with a Bravo coach build could comfortably drive up without grounding it? thanks DaveC
You could draw a scale drawing on some graph paper of the side elevation of the van and then measure the angle with a protractor. The overhang at the back is always a bit tricky to guage what space you have to play with when reversing or when boarding a ferry for example.

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You could draw a scale drawing on some graph paper of the side elevation of the van and then measure the angle with a protractor. The overhang at the back is always a bit tricky to guage what space you have to play with when reversing or when boarding a ferry for example.
Said that 2 posts above.

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Said that 2 posts above.

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