To transport vehicles anywhere, you need the perfect loading ramps. But between all choices and models, it can become quite a frustrating and complicated search. So how to know which loading ramps are for you? Take these into consideration:
What vehicle will you be loading?
Off-road vehicles like ATVs, UTVs, or golf carts come in different sizes, weights, clearances, and tire tread. Knowing the pertinent details of the vehicle you are transporting is necessary as ramps adjust to the vehicle’s dimensions and features. An example of the importance of understanding these details is the tires. Like those from ATVs or UTVS, larger tires need a larger and farther apart rung spacing, whereas smaller ones, like those from golf carts, require the complete opposite.
Where will it be loaded on?
It is also important to take into consideration where you’re loading your Off-road vehicle. Is it a truck, a flatbed, or a trailer? These are essential details considering they involve a critical component of the ramp and the ramp’s length. For example, longer ramps help ensure an easier and safer loading of an ATV or golf cart if you’re loading from a truck. Trailers tend to be the opposite.
But you don’t necessarily need to get a ramp for a specific vehicle. If you get a longer than average ramp, you can be sure that it will work for any vehicle type. This is perfect for someone who is always on the road and has multiple Off-road vehicles or tends to be the helping hand in the family/friend group.
The height of your truck bed
For standard-sized trucks, experts recommend 8 feet ramps or longer. If your truck bed is four inches off the ground, then a 9.5 feet ramp is preferable. If it goes over the four inches, then an 11 feet ramp. The higher the truck bed, the longer the ramp should be. And in any case, experts believe that the best choice is always a longer ramp. So be it a four-inch off the ground truck bed or higher, you can never go wrong with a long ramp.
What is the weight of what you’re loading on (ATV, UTV, Cart)
The overall weight of your Off-road vehicle is also important since this determines which ramps can hold them. If you’re not sure how much your car weighs, you can always check out the owner’s manual or do a little online search of your model. But when it comes to weight, you can’t only take into consideration your vehicle and the ramp. You need to see how much your gallon weighs (for example, some gallons can weigh up to 8.5 pounds when filled) if you add any heavy accessory or attachment to the vehicle and the driver’s weight. You’d be surprised how much all these little details can add up to the weight and overpass the ramp’s capacity. Keep in mind that if all of this exceeds the ramp’s hold, you shouldn’t put your life or the driver’s life in danger using it.
Some 8 feet standard ramps hold up to 2,000 pounds together, and for the 11 feet standard ramps, they hold up to 1,600 per set. The longer the ramp, the less weight capacity. The good thing is that both of these capacities are excellent for ATVs and golf carts.
Where will you load your ORV?
When you ask this question to yourself, don’t think of only the terrain or space, but include details like how tight your area for loading will be and the weather forecast of the day. Rainy days can cause slippery surfaces or mud, which can make the ramps unstable. Snow, sleet, dirt, gravel, sand, and uneven surfaces can affect the ramps too. For these special needs, some ramps come with features like open rungs that allow better traction and the passing of debris to fall off the ground, making it steady. Another example is having two separate sets of ramps for each set of tires to safely load on bumpy or uneven surfaces.
Will you have help?
This should be one of the first basic questions to ask yourself. Will you have help during the loading of the vehicles? The shorter the ramp, the more you should consider having someone on the ground looking out for you. However, if you prefer the more independent lifestyle, then experts recommend you use a longer ramp. Remember, you can never go wrong with a long ramp.
Do you count with the right safety equipment?
Our final point, but equally vital, safety equipment. You will always need to have the right equipment and accessories for a safe load of your vehicle. Never do this without the correct equipment, as it can be hazardous for you or the people involved. But what is that equipment? Tie-down ratchets and buckles straps are a must for the vehicle as it avoids slips and accidental kick-outs while it goes up and down the ramp. For the driver and those on the ground, helmets, protective gear like gloves and boots, long pants and sleeves, and protective eyewear can ensure the people’s safety.
We hope these little, but vital details help you choose the best lawn mower ramps. If you’re still unsure, you can always check out more of our articles about the different types of ramps for each vehicle type. Just go to our website, and we can ensure you’ll find what you specifically need.