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Frozen Ramps #12572254
01/10/18 04:56 PM
01/10/18 04:56 PM
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ARGYLE, TEXAS
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How cold should it be for you to need to worry about not being able to pull out of the lake on a ramp?

My son wants to go Friday...estimated Low is 26 degrees...is it a bad idea to go? Just want us to be safe...


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Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12572376
01/10/18 06:10 PM
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freezing

Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12572378
01/10/18 06:10 PM
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Better have 4wd.


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Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12572419
01/10/18 06:34 PM
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I've dropped the boat in the water many times in mid 20s daylight temps and never had any issues or had to use 4wd getting up the ramp. Just check before you back all the way down and make sure it's not a solid sheet of ice coming out of the water.

Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12572487
01/10/18 07:07 PM
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The lake water will melt the ice, never had to use a 4wd and fished with temps in the teens multiple times. The trick is to not panic when backing down and the in ability to stop till your tires get to the water if there is already a sheet of ice on the ramp.





Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12572592
01/10/18 08:16 PM
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Take some cat liter just incase


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Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12572745
01/10/18 10:05 PM
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The ramp can get slick if it was used the night before and froze overnight then you are first one to launch next morning. Other thing to remember is the boards freezing on the trailer if they are wet from previous day. Don't unhook till in the water

Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12572762
01/10/18 10:16 PM
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Take a bag of potassium chloride to melt the ice and let you walk and drive on it.


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Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: Jaret Latta] #12573370
01/11/18 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted By: Jaret Latta
The ramp can get slick if it was used the night before and froze overnight then you are first one to launch next morning. Other thing to remember is the boards freezing on the trailer if they are wet from previous day. Don't unhook till in the water


Did this at Ivie a few years ago. Bout broke my thumb on the winch handle, took a little chunk out of the transom and was a major PITA getting the boat back on the trailer. Never again!!

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Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: Cast] #12573526
01/11/18 02:33 PM
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Potassium chloride?

I'm not sure what that would do to fish. I do know what it does to people.

Are you sure you don't mean sodium chloride?

Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12573543
01/11/18 02:48 PM
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I'd be worried being the first person going down, but i don't think even water on a ramp the night before would be an issue. 26 is not that cold, and water would drain off the ramp before it could freeze.

Think it only going below 30, for a few hours. i assume not much activity at 3:00 am on a ramp.

Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12573860
01/11/18 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted By: AMERICAN-TEXAN
How cold should it be for you to need to worry about not being able to pull out of the lake on a ramp?

My son wants to go Friday...estimated Low is 26 degrees...is it a bad idea to go? Just want us to be safe...



Need more information before you can really say how good/bad it will, where you are going is it a steep ramp? do you have 4W drive? will you be loading after temps have been well below freezing for several hours, is it hot water lake? Wind conditions? is it an isolated ramp or others boaters expected nearby. Those things need to be considered but I would probably still be going if the fish are biting and just take it slow and careful using tips already provided.



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Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12573884
01/11/18 06:09 PM
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Even wet ramps can be difficult if they're steep and you have a big boat and pulling with a PU. No weight in the back and the tires will just spin. We were in my buddies boat and launched at Flat Creek once which has a steep ramp. Pulling the boat up that ramp the tires just kept spinning and both truck and boat were sliding back in the water. Let some air out of the rear tires and I jumped up and down on the rear bumper and finally got a little traction.


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Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12573934
01/11/18 06:38 PM
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Katy, Texas US
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Just use common sense. If your worried and other have not been on the ramp, check it.

Re: Frozen Ramps [Re: AMERICAN-TEXAN] #12574085
01/11/18 08:09 PM
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Pavement holds heat, so it has to be down in the mid-20's for several days before ice will start building up.


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Gilmer, TX

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