Choose the best ATV Ramp for your loading needs
*Please note that straight ramps require additional length in order to avoid bottoming out some ATVs when cresting the bed compared to arched ramps.
Four important facts to consider when choosing an ATV ramp system:
1: Total Overall Weight (Found by combining the following):
ATV ramps are designed for equally distributed weight across at least 4 tires/2 axles. DO NOT assume the weight of the ATV is equally distributed across multiple axles as most likely the weight on one axle is greater than on the other. NEVER exceed the weight capacity of the ramps. It is recommended that you always get an ATV ramp system that has a weight capacity that exceeds the weight of your ATV especially in the case where you might upgrade or purchase a larger ATV in the future. After all, why buy ramps twice?
2: Ramp style choice (Bifold, Trifold, Dual Runners, etc..)
3: Ramp width needed to accommodate ATV (Allow yourself to have extra width space on the ramps to make loading and unloading safer/easier.)
4: Load Height: What is the load height from the ground to the bed of your truck or trailer while on level ground ?
After you have the above information a ramp setup can be purchased. Please take careful consideration to select a ramp length that you believe will be long enough for you to drive up safely. You choose the ramp length because most ATVs have a wheelbase/ground clearance ratio that will climb almost anything. The length of the ramp needed for your load height, in most cases, will come down to what you believe will give you the easiest incline. A rule of thumb to figure this out is to drop the tailgate on your truck or trailer and place one end of a tape measure on the truck tailgate or trailer and measure out on an angle till you find a length that looks optimal.
*Always wear a helmet and proper protective gear when riding your ATV*
Authors: Mike N. and Andy W. - Loading and hauling experts at Discount Ramps.