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As an ATV enthusiast, you know that part of the hobby’s territory is getting your four-wheeler to your riding destination. Strong, safe, portable ramps make this task easier by reducing the risk of injury to you or damage to your 4×4 or vehicle, in addition to getting you where you want to be as quickly as possible – in the saddle. With so many options, styles and features available, determining the best ATV loading ramps can seem complicated, but a little thought and research can make your decision much more obvious.
How Will You Use Your ATV Loading Ramps?
Start by answering a few questions based on your specific situation and current equipment setup.
Question: Do you load your 4×4 onto a truck or a trailer? The loading height will make a difference in the ramp length for proper clearance.
Question: Will you load your quad in conditions such as mud, snow, rain, dirt or other elements? Some ramps have serrated, open rungs to provide the best traction and also to allow debris to fall between the crossbars onto the ground.
Question: Do you plan to load the four-wheeler by yourself? If so, you’ll want to consider an extra long ramp to reduce the severity of the angle.
Question: Will you use your loading ramps for any equipment other than your ATV, such as a lawn mower or snow blower? In addition to weight capacity considerations, some ramps are better suited for the kind of knobby tires found on an all-terrain vehicle, not necessarily lawn equipment.
Question: Do you prefer steel or aluminum ramps? While steel provides very good strength, durability and price, aluminum is lighter weight, easier to handle and won’t rust.
ATV Ramp Styles
ATV ramps come in several main styles, each with different features to suit your needs as determined by your current equipment.
Dual Runner – Two separate ramps or "runners," available in folding or non-folding styles; straight or arched. Easy to fit under the ATV while in transport but require a higher ground clearance ATV.
Bifold – Hinged ramp folds width in half for compact storage. Quicker setup than Dual Runner. When folded for transport, may require quad with higher ground clearance.
Trifold – Ramp width folds in thirds. Low profile when folded for storage during travel and fits between tires of most ATVs. Available with semi-open center track for lighter setup but still adds stability to the entire ramp system.
Trailer – Versatile style for loading ATVs and other equipment such as lawn tractors or snowmobiles onto a trailer.
Attached – Ramp mounts directly to your pickup truck for safe, easy loading of a utility vehicle; self-storing.
Hitch Mounted Ramps – Combination carrier with optional loading ramps attaches to hitch receiver, eliminating hassles and expense of a trailer. Ramps self-store for travel.
Non-Folding and Arched – Straight ramps may require additional length, compared to arched ramps, to avoid bottoming out some 4x4s when cresting a pickup truck bed. Arched ramps can provide additional, needed clearance.
Four Factors When Choosing an ATV Ramp System
After you’ve considered the features and benefits of the various ramp styles, there are a few additional factors in determining the best ATV ramp system for your loading needs.
Add together the following numbers to calculate the total, overall weight of your current setup:
- Weight of the quad itself (Check ATV owner’s manual)
- Fuel weight (Fuel tank capacity in gallons x 8.5 lbs)
- Weight of all accessories, attachments (Check individual manuals for each item)
- Driver’s weight
- Load / cargo weight
Four-wheeler ramps are designed for equally distributed weight across four tires / two axles. However, don’t assume that is actually the case, since it is, in fact, very likely that the weight on one axle is greater than on the other. As a matter of safety, it is crucial to NEVER, under any circumstances, exceed the weight capacity of the ramps. It is recommended that you use an ATV ramp system with a weight capacity that well exceeds your total overall weight, especially if there is a possibility you might upgrade to a larger, heavier ATV in the future. After all, why buy ramps twice? It’s best to plan ahead.
2.) Ramp style
Dual runner, bifold, trifold, trailer, attached, hitch-mount, non-folding or arched, as explained above.
3.) Ramp width
Selecting ramps that are wide enough for your 4×4 will not only make loading safer, it will also make the process easier and quicker.
For dual runner-style ramps, measure the widest part of your ATV’s tire width. Even though most ramps have a slight guardrail to keep your ATV tire on track, selecting a 4×4 loading ramp that is somewhat wider than the tire width measurement is recommended.
4.) Loading height / Ramp length
Using the appropriate length of ramp is critical to loading and unloading your quad safely. Even though most ATVs have a wheelbase / ground clearance ratio capable of climbing very steep inclines, you still want to keep the angle of your ramps low enough to prevent the machine from tipping. A ramp calculator can help specify the length of ramp best for you.
The Discount Ramps Ramp Calculator is the perfect tool to determine the minimum length ramp you need for an ATV. Here are the three necessary measurements to enter into the Ramp Calculator: Wheelbase is the horizontal distance between the center of the front wheel and the center of the rear wheel. Ground clearance is the vertical distance between the base of the ATV tire and the underside of the chassis. Loading height or rise is the distance from the ground to the top-most point of the truck bed or trailer onto which the ATV will be loaded.
Another less exact option is to simply place one end of a tape measure on the open tailgate of your truck or trailer and measure out on an angle until you find a length that looks optimal.
Don’t Skip Safety Precautions
A majority of the considerations throughout this purchase process are based on how to make loading and unloading an all-terrain vehicle as safe as possible. That goes for weight capacities, ramp widths and lengths, as well as operating the ATV with care. Always remember to wear a helmet and other necessary protective gear when operating a four-wheeler, which includes the loading and unloading process, too.
By doing some of the research and measuring up front, you can be sure to find the perfect ATV ramp system for your needs. Happy trails!
Discount Ramps is now proud to offer one of the newest, most innovative products in the world of ramps — the RevArc heavy duty ATV and UTV loading ramps. These revolutionary, 64 inch wide by 90 inch long loading ramps come with a 2100 pound weight capacity for the UTV version. The ATV version comes in 72 or 90 inch lengths with a width of 55 inches; these ATV ramps fold down to a slim 18 inches wide. They both can load almost any four wheeled power sports vehicle; this includes Rhinos, Raptors, Rangers, Gators and Argos. These lightweight, aluminum ramps are easy to use, and fold down to under 22 inches in width for easy storage. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, these ramps will last a lifetime!
These UTV and ATV ramp systems are the world’s first tri-folding arched ramp system. RevArc ATV/UTV ramps are innovating ramps that combine the benefits of an arched ramp with the stability and easy storage of a folding ramp. The unique arched design provides clearance when you’re loading and unloading your vehicle, and also gives you a more smooth transition from the ground to the truck bed than a traditional ramp. These ATV ramps by RevArc work with almost any ATV on the market, and will fold down conveniently to just 18 inches wide. The Tri-Loc safety technology that is featured with these ramps give you an adjustable safety strap that will secure the ramp to your vehicle. Next in the Tri-Loc system is a specialized core platform that stabilizes the loading platform. The third part of the Tri-Loc system is the raised side rails and textured rungs that also help you load your ATV quickly and easily. The RevArc ramp includes a limited lifetime warranty against manufacture’s defects.
These ramps also have a new safety system that’s called Tri-loc technology. The Tri-loc technology is a new way to keep your ramp safe and stable when using. It also helps prevent kick backs and the ramps from sliding around. The three parts to this Tri-loc safety system are the over-sized gate grips that hold on to your tailgate securely. The adjustable safety strap secures the ramp to your vehicle to keep it from sliding around . The final part to the Tri-loc safety system is the specialized core that stabilizes the loading platform. This UTV loading ramp also has raised side rails that help to keep your power vehicle on track. Textured rungs are also a part of the RevArc system for maximum traction. The welded end caps keep out debris from the inside of the RevArc ramp.
Discount Ramps offers the RevArc UTV ramps; the model number for the UTV ramp is RevArc90HD. The RevArc UTV ramp measures 90 inches long, 64 inches wide when it’s completely open, 21 inches when completely folded, and a 6 inch height. Weighing it at a mere 48 pounds, this ramp is very easy to travel with. The extra width makes it a breeze to load all of your toys. Adult and youth models alike, this one ramp will take care of all your needs. Vehicles from 24 inches to 64.5 inches wide will scale this ramp with ease. Loading will be smooth and far superior compared to any other ramp. Oversized gate grips hold onto the tailgate.
The RevArc heavy duty UTV ramp is the first tri-fold, arched ramp in the industry. Most of the normal UTV side-by-side ramps are made with a 45 degree angle, but this ramp, with its arch, has a much safer and smoother 29 degree angle. Due to its simple to use, consumers rarely have to second guess whether the ramp is lined up with the UTV. Just position the ramp, lock the single strap, and load with confidence. Ramp twisting, sliding, or slipping is greatly reduced with a RevArc HD. UTV owners can have extra piece of mind with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Should the ramp ever malfunction from defects in workmanship or materials, it will be repaired or replaced.
The Discount Ramps model number for the 72 inch long ATV ramp is RevArc72. With an open ramp width of 55 inches and a closed width of 18 inches, this ramp is great for most of your pickup trucks and trailers. Weighing in at only 28 pounds this ramp can carry 1300 pounds safely. The storage height for the RevArch72 is only 8.5 inches, making it compact enough to slide right under most of your ATVs. The 90 inch long ATV ramp is model number RevArc90. With the same open width and closed width as the 72 inch ramp, this ramp is just longer and weighs 33 pounds.
The RevArc ATV ramp is easy to use and can load almost any ATV on the market. These ramps load vehicles with tires/axles that are spaced 21 inches to 55 inches wide. The 29 degree loading angle is much smoother and safer than all of the 45 degree angled ramps. This RevArc ramp is easy to store, with its tri-fold system that lets the RevArc be folded into thirds and slides neatly beneath your machine. This gives you flexibility when storing and loading your machine. TIG welded 6061-T-6 aluminum construction makes this one of the most durable ramps produced. The Tri-loc system leaves you without any doubts that this ramp won’t twist slide or kick back. The Tri-loc features oversized gate grips that hold on to your tailgate or trailer as well as an adjustable strap that connects your ramp to your vehicle to prevent ramp kick back or from sliding. The third part of the Tri-locs tri-fecta of safety is the specialized core that sits between the ramps and keeps them centered and secured so they do not move around. The tri-loc makes this one of the safest and easiest to use ATV ramps. Each one of these ramp ends have welded caps to keep out dirt and debris as well as raised side rails to keep you on the track when loading and unloading. Over all, these ramps are easy and safe to use and include a limited lifetime warranty.
If you are interested in learning more about these ramps please visit the RevArc website. If you are interest in purchasing the RevArc ATV/UTV tri folding ramps please visit our RevArc ATV/UTV website at Discount Ramps.