When selecting a ramp to load and unload your ATV to your pickup truck or trailer, you will find a great number of choices that is almost confusing. ATV ramps differ in design so as to suit your storage space and practical needs. However, there are some facts that you need to take into consideration. Use this guide to choose among the best ATV loading ramps.
Ramp load capacity
Each ramp is designed to support a predetermined amount of weight. When selecting an ATV ramp, make sure that it is rated for your specific loading weight. Since you will be riding your ATV when loading it to your pickup truck or trailer, consider the weight of your ATV and your own weight as well.
Different types of ATV ramps
Although you can classify them in two basic structural designs - single and dual set-up, ramps differ in configuration to better suit your storage needs:
A single ramp for each of the left- and right-hand side ATV wheels. Bi-fold A folding ramp that bends along the length of the ramp structure. Trifold
It is similar to the bi-fold ramp style except that it unfolds in three steps along the length of the ramp. Hitch ramp
This style unfolds along the middle section of the ramp and secures to the hitch of your truck or trailer.
ATV ramp configuration
ATV ramps come in many configurations to suit your needs. Choose the one that best accommodates to your vehicle space and ease of use. For example, a bi-fold ramp may be a practical choice for you, if you have enough space to accommodate the ramp to the side of the ATV once loaded onto your truck. However, if you lack adequate space, you may find that a trifold ramp is more practical, since you can store it under the ATV.
Ramp loading safety
Finally, once you know the capacity and configuration of the ramp that you want, you need to think in terms of loading safety. Choose a ramp with a width that gives you some extra room on each side to the left and right of your ATV wheels. This will make it easy for you to drive up and down the ramp. Equally important, make sure that the ramp is long enough to give you an adequate angle from the ground to the base of the truck or trailer bed, so that you drive and not "climb" the ramp.