Being able to load an ATV into the back of a truck isn’t easy and could lead to some problems if you’re not extremely careful during the process.
These days four-wheelers can weigh more than 1000 lbs when they’re fully loaded with gear, gun racks, storage bins and more so it’s a good idea to use quality tools when it comes to loading an ATV.
Unless you have heavy machinery at your disposal, like a crane or forklift, you’re likely going to need a proper ATV ramp to get your quad up and onto the back of your truck so you can transport it around or bring it home for the winter when it’s not in use.
In this post I want to talk about my recommendations for the best ATV ramps but before I dive into my suggested choices I want to cover a little bit about to look for when you’re in the market for an ATV loading ramp.
Choosing the Right ATV Loading Ramp
Check the Weight Restriction
Every loading ramp will have its own weight restriction that will let anyone using it know the maximum weight of ATV it’s able to carry.
Usually this weight is given in pounds (lbs) per ramp and it’s important to keep an eye out to see what the actual limit is before driving a quad onto ramps that might not be able to support it.
Rather than focusing on an ATV base weight you need to determine roughly how much it’s going to weigh when it’s completely loaded.
Some things to keep in mind include:
- How much fuel is in the tank
- How much do any additions or upgrades add to the base weight
- Is anything being stored on the quad that’s going to add to the overall weight
While it’s not necessary to weigh every single thing beforehand it’s important to come up with a rough estimate and not exceed the ramp maximum weight so any damage to the ramp, ATV, or truck can be avoided.
Never exceed the total ramp support weight.
Determine a Suitable Length
A variety of different length ramps are available to choose from and the height of your truck or trailer will ultimately determine the length you need.
For example, a low truck bed or trailer requires a shorter ramp to work effectively while a taller truck bed or trailer will need a longer ramp.
There are different lengths available depending on the length and angle you need and I recommend making an effort to keep the angle of ramp elevator at or below 40-degrees.
It’s possible to eyeball this but it’s a much better idea to check out an online calculator to determine the ideal length of ramp needed.
Pick the Right Width
The width of the ramp is important because the ATV tires need ample space for grip and for movement up the ramp and onto the trailer or truck bed.
For the ramp type that comes with two separate pieces it’s a good idea to see how wide each piece is and to compare that to the width of the ATV tires to make sure there is enough space.
The other ramp type, the one that is just essentially one large and wide piece, is likely wide enough for most ATV’s but it’s still a good idea to compare the widths to see if it will fit.
The Best ATV Ramp
Now that I’ve covered some tips on how to choose the best ramp for an ATV let’s take a look at my top recommendations!
7.5 ft Aluminum Plate Top Lawnmower ATV Truck Loading Ramps
With a total capacity of 1,500 lbs and a straightforward design my first recommendation for the best ramp for ATV use is the 7.5 ft Aluminum Plate Top Lawnmower ATV Truck Loading Ramp by Titan Ramps.
This ramp set comes with a pair of folding plate-top style ramps.
It’s designed from aluminum, which offers ample support for ATV’s up to 1,500 lbs in weight, and the arched design of the ramps provides better ground clearance that’s great for those off-road and backcountry conditions.
With a total carrying weight of 33 lbs it’s a suitable and lightweight solution for getting your quad onto the back of your truck or onto a trailer and the ramps even fold in half, making the pair even more portable.
One more notable feature is the rubber tipped fingers that help to keep the ramp in place and prevent slippage or movement while any ATVs or quads are driven up and onto a flat platform.
As for the specifics, the ramp measures 90-inches in length and each piece is 11-inches wide. When it’s folded up it’s only 45.5-inches in length or about half of the space it takes up when fully extended.
Highland 69″ Aluminum Straight Loading Ramp
The Highland 69″ Aluminum Straight Loading Ramp offers a total capacity of 1250 lbs with each ramp offering 625 lbs of weight capacity.
The ramps are designed from a high quality and durable aluminum and are rust and corrosion resistant – well suited for use with an ATV in those muddy and wet outdoor situations.
They’re 69-inches in length, so you’ll want to make sure it’s enough room for an ATV to be able to safely drive up onto the bed of a truck, and they’re straight-loading so no need to worry about unfolding it and hoping that the fold holds up to the weight.
For transportation these come equipped with adjustable attachment straps and they boast quite a streamlined designed so they can be tossed into the back of a pickup truck, secured, and used when needed without much hassle.