How to Secure a Loading Ramp to Your Vehicle

Securing your loading ramp to your vehicle is very important for safety. If an ATV’s rear tires begin to spin while the front tires are already in the pickup bed, loose ramps can potentially shoot out from underneath, flipping the ATV backwards and landing on the driver.

Securing devices should always be used when using a loading ramp.

Hooking Up Safety Straps to a Ramp

Step 1: After positioning the ramps on the lip of the tailgate or trailer, locate the point of the ramp where the second rung closest to the tailgate and the center rail meet. Feed the hook end of the safety strap though the strap’s looped end, so the strap is wrapped around the center rail below the second rung.

Step 1: After positioning the ramps on the lip of the tailgate or trailer the proper distance apart, locate the point of the ramp where the second rung closest to the tailgate and the center rail meet. Feed the hook end of the safety strap though the strap’s looped end, so the strap is wrapped around the center rail below the second rung.

Step 2: Pull the hook end of the strap to cinch the loop end, making sure it is tight to the main rail of the ramp.

Strap to Ramp - Underneath

Step 3: Locate a secure spot underneath the vehicle, such as the inside of the bumper or the receiver hitch, and attach the hook end of the strap. Make sure to attach the strap to a metal area only, since any plastic construction, such as the bumpers on some vehicles, will not hold it securely and may cause damage to the vehicle.

Strap to Vehicle

Step 4: Pull the loose end of the strap until it is tight and the ramp feels stable and secure. Make sure the ramp cannot move backward, retightening the safety strap if necessary. You are now ready to slowly load your machinery!

Ramp-Straps-Finished

 

Hooking Up Steel Cables to a Ramp

Step 1: Place the lip of the ramp on the tailgate or trailer. Loosen the nuts on the safety cable’s U-bolt, and adjust the length of the cable so it reaches the underside of the vehicle’s bumper or hitch.

Ramp Cable

Step 2: Attach the S-hook end of the cable to the bumper, receiver hitch, or other metal area. Do not hook the cable to the bumper if it is constructed of plastic, as it may cause damage to the vehicle.

Cable to Vehicle

Step 3: Make sure the lip or fingers of the ramp are completely on the tailgate or trailer and then pull the cable tight to remove all slack. Tighten the nuts securely. If the lip of the ramp can be pulled away from the edge of the tailgate, go back and retighten the slack in the cable and nuts. You are now ready to slowly load your machinery!

Ramp Cables Flush

If you have any questions during the process of attaching safety straps to your motorcycle or snowmobile ramps, do not hesitate to contact DiscountRamps.com.

NOTE: All ramps need to be secured to the vehicle or trailer when being used! Follow these instructions as outlined and verify the ramps are properly secured before loading and unloading equipment. Never use damaged straps or cables, and, if loading onto a tailgate, check the tailgate cables for any existing damage to prevent tailgate failure.

 

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