Cargo ramps are very helpful as they don't just facilitate loading of heavy stuff unto the truck bed but also serve as a walkway up to the bed, especially when you need to organize your cargo. Because of these tough tasks, each cargo ramp has to be durable enough to withstand any moving job.
If you don't have a set of ramps yet and you're thinking of purchasing soon, here are some tips to bear in mind for you to get the best value for your money:
Tip #1: Know the ramp's carrying capacity or load rating.
The load rating of the loading ramp is determined by many factors such as the materials used in the ramp's construction and the ramp size. To take the guesswork out of computing the carrying capacity of the cargo ramp, most of them are sold with a label that contains either the rated load capacity per ramp or the total capacity when used in pairs.
Tip #2: Determine what you need the ramp for and how often it will be used.
Know how frequent you'll use the ramp and how much is the usual weight of the cargo you'll load to and unload from your truck bed using it. If you're going to use it for your moving business, you might as well get a ramp that's tough enough to bear the rigors of daily use. The same thing goes for people who need to carry their ATV on the truck bed every weekend. Though it's not every day that the ramp will be used, it should be sturdy and capable enough to bear your weight plus the weight of your ATV.
Tip #3: Consider the ramp's construction.
Loading ramps are available in hollow and solid types. The solid type doesn't have empty space in the middle, so it doesn't have any tendency of collapsing when under load. That's what makes it tougher and more stable than the hollow type. The latter, however, is lighter and easier to carry around and transport compared to solid ramps.
Tip #4: Find out the materials from which the cargo ramp is made of.
Among the materials used in making automotive cargo ramps are wood, aluminum, and steel. It's wise to take time to research and weigh the pros and cons of every material so you'll be able to choose the one that best answers your needs.
Tip #5: Decide what features your cargo ramp should come equip with.
Not all loading ramp features come for free. Some of them are included at additional cost. So before you purchase, list down the features you think will be beneficial for you.
Those who will be using the ramp to load an ATV or any wheeled mechanism on the truck bed should get a ramp with raised edges as they help keep the wheels on the surface of the ramp. It is also wise that the ramp has a holed or textured surface design to make cargo loading easier by providing the much-needed traction. If you have limited storage space in your garage, then you can consider a cargo ramp that can be folded for easy storage. Another feature you may find beneficial are security straps, which help make the ramp more stable and safer to use.