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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!
Safety is serious business when it comes to using your ramps to load a motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile or lawn tractor into your pickup truck or onto a trailer. You may be tempted to skip the critical step of securing those ramps before loading or unloading your equipment, but the few minutes it takes can be the difference between a happy, carefree day of riding off into the sunset and costly damage or – worse yet – suffering personal injury.
The risk is that a non-secured ramp may pull away from the truck bed or trailer on which it is resting during the loading process. If an ATV’s rear tires begin to spin while the front tires are already in the pickup bed, the loose ramps can potentially shoot out from underneath, flipping the ATV backwards and landing on the driver.
A quality ramp system typically includes some type of securing devices, whether they are anti-kickback straps, wire cables or pins. Regardless of the form, you should always hook up the provided safety devices each and every time the motorcycle ramps are used, without exception.
Hooking Up Safety Straps to a Ramp
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Step 3: Make sure the lip or fingers of the ramp are completely on the tailgate or trailer, and 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 then the nuts as well. You are now ready to slowly load your machinery!
If, during the process of attaching safety straps to your motorcycle or snowmobile ramps, you have any questions, never hesitate to contact the ramp manufacturer or dealer. A reputable company will always take the time to make sure you are satisfied and using the product properly.
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.
By using a ramp safety device like straps or cables, your loading will be safe, efficient and have a happy ending.
Deer hunting has already started in many parts of the country or is about to kick off everywhere else, and an ATV can be a useful tool to help make it a successful season. While there are lots of reasons to use an ATV in your hunt, there appear to be just as many arguments against it. Most people with an opinion on the matter fall decisively into one camp or the other.
An ATV gives you access to remote or impassable areas that are not reachable by truck or too far on foot. If you set up miles away from home base or your pickup truck, as opposed to yards, you want to have a quicker means of getting there than on foot.
Using an all-terrain vehicle allows you to haul equipment and supplies to isolated areas with lots of storage space. ATV accessories like an ATV cargo box or specialized carrier like a gun rack work great for keeping your gear clean, dry, secure and organized and are especially nice for transporting heavy or cumbersome items like tree stands.
Four wheelers are invaluable for carrying your deer back to your vehicle or cabin and a much better option than dragging a buck or doe by hand over muddy, rough or steep terrain, or across streams or creeks. However, there are also non-motorized options for this, such as a pull-behind hand cart designed specifically to traverse wooded and grassy areas.
Hunters with disabilities often benefit greatly from the use of an ATV or quad during hunting season. For some, the use of one is the difference between being able to participate in the hunt or not at all and is the only means of getting to their stand.
Most hunters using ATVs make it a point to leave some distance between their ATV and their stand, but others report taking quite the opposite approach. Some sportsmen actually park their ATV in tall grass, top the machine with a camouflage cover and sit behind It like a blind. In some areas, deer populations are already used to the sounds and smells of the local farmers’ machinery, or hunters take the time to make regular, frequent trips with their ATV to their hunting stands in order to get the deer acclimatized to its sound and smell. However, the temperament and tolerance of the herd you are hunting will dictate whether this could be a successful strategy for your area.
First and foremost, you should know the local regulations regarding ATV use or the preference of the landowner where you hunt, since many public lands prohibit the use of ATVs. It would also be a smart strategy to find out your neighbor’s viewpoint on the matter, too, to keep the peace when tensions may run high.
The obvious objections to four-wheelers in the woods during hunting season are the noise, smell and footprint left behind by an ATV when a trail is disrupted or torn up. Fumes from an ATV may carry not just in the area surrounding the machine but also on your clothes, though walking into the woods may help minimize the scent. The noise issue may be improved with an add-on, secondary muffler, which can quiet ATV exhaust noise by up to 50% and without any sacrifice in performance.
Some hunters claim that the use of ATVs in hunting areas (even out of season) keep deer away, spook them or diminish the numbers of mature deer who will occupy your territory. Others, however, have had the opposite experience, and have downed a mature buck within 100 yards of a parked ATV.
For the purists, part of the hunting experience is to get as close to nature as possible; that includes using your legs and all your senses to their fullest to take in every detail possible. Driving past nature doesn’t allow the same experience, and you may miss a lot! Sometimes, the sound of total silence can be the payoff, whether you fill your tag or not.
Reminders for Hunting with Four Wheelers
Should you decide that you want to use an all-terrain vehicle for your hunting endeavors, here a few things to keep in mind:
Learn the local laws in your hunting area regarding the use of ATVs on public land. On private land, find out the landowner’s decree for riding four-wheelers in his kingdom, as well as having at least an awareness of the neighbors’ positions on the matter.
Stay on established trails and roads, and avoid widening that trail by unnecessarily driving around obstacles that can be crossed over.
Steer clear of stands as much as possible, preferably, driving part of the distance, then walking in the last leg on foot.
Limit your ATV driving time to coincide with off-peak activity hours of the deer. Plan ahead to drive in well before sunrise, and wait until after dark to return. The less disruption, the better.
Be safe! This includes driving with unloaded, secured weapons, riding slowly while keeping an eye out for other hunters on foot and wearing the necessary protective gear. Make sure your rig is outfitted properly with tools in the event of a breakdown and a GPS if you are covering unfamiliar territory.
Be aware of how additional weight on your ATV racks or cargo boxes affects the machine’s handling and responsiveness. An overloaded ATV, combined with steep hills, can make a vehicle tippy.
A Happy Medium?
A modified approach seems to work for many. For example, consider using an ATV to retrieve downed game at the hunt’s conclusion or just off-season for utility, recreation and hunting preparations like hanging stands, raking trails or preparing food plots; hoofing it for the initial trek out to your stand creates the least amount of disturbance.
An electric golf cart could also be a possible alternative. While a golf cart won’t have the power or traction of an ATV on certain terrain or in wet or snowy conditions, it doesn’t have the noise or odor, either. Golf cart accessories for the outdoorsman, such as gun carriers or bow holders, also help to make this a more appealing option.
Sometimes getting your ATV to your destination can be half the battle, and the hunting hasn’t even started! Use the right equipment to haul your four-wheeler for a hassle-free and enjoyable outdoor adventure.
If a pickup truck is your mode of transportation, a good set of ATV loading ramps (and not some spindly 2 x 4’s) can’t be beat. Don’t just “make-do” with scraps you have on hand, and take care of your equipment. Otherwise, a hitch-mounted ATV carrier is another option, so that the bed of the truck remains available for all the other gear and equipment you need to take along on your hunt.
For the larger-scale expedition that requires the use of a trailer, trailer ATV ramps let you load your four-wheeler quickly and without blowing out your back. Save the work for climbing into your tree stand.
Have a safe and productive hunt!
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.