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4 Things You Need to Take into Account When Buying Car Ramps

Having trouble with cargo carriage in your vehicle? Then you probably haven't known car ramps yet. With car ramps installed in your automobile, you can easily carry cargos in the back of your truck bed. This car accessory allows you to transfer cargo from the ground to your truck bed's floor, and vice versa. Although car ramps may be straightforward machines, picking the best one for your vehicle can be tough and frustrating. Here are some of the key considerations you can refer to, for a seamless loading experience:

1. Weight capacity

One of the major considerations you need to take into account when purchasing a set of loading ramps is the weight capacity versus the weight of the car you're planning to load. You can easily determine the car ramps' weight capacity per axle by looking for the list of product specifications. To verify if your car falls within that threshold, you must measure its axle weight first.

To get the axle weight, drive the heaviest axle of your car onto a vehicle scale. The heaviest axle is usually the front axle since it carries the engine's weight.

2. Ramp length

Together with the ramp's weight capacity, the matching ramp length is also a crucial deciding factor. These two aspects work together to support your car, and to maintain stability throughout the loading process. Some vendors provide a ramp calculator that allows you to get the appropriate ramp length for your vehicle.

The normal ramp calculation uses the following formula:

Ramp length = (Rise/((Ground Clearance)/(Wheel Base*0.5)))

This formula takes into consideration the potential loading casualties, such as stalling and slippage on inclines, that can happen if the ramp isn't long enough.

3. Ramp width

The width of your car ramps will determine how much room for error you can get when loading your vehicle. To obtain your car wheel's width, simply measure it from sidewall to sidewall. You must ensure that the car ramps you're going to buy have enough width to allow for an extra couple of inches on both sides of the tire when they're lined up. This way, you can prevent slippage when loading your vehicle.

4. Ramp surface

Different ramp surfaces offer different tractions to support your car during loading. Take note that a smooth surface may lead to slippage even at a low incline. Two of the most common ramp surfaces offered in the market are the serrated rung surface and the perforated punch plate. You can depend on these ramp surfaces to create the needed traction when loading a vehicle.

  • Serrated rung surface

This type of ramp surface is composed of horizontally placed metal strips, which are situated at equal distance from each other for the entire length of the ramp. You can visualize the serrated strips as kitchen knives that allow the tire to have a proper grip onto the ramp's surface, and pull a vehicle forward and upward. A lot of aftermarket ramps come in this surface type.

  • Perforated punch plate

Composed of serrated holes, the perforated punch plates are best for wet or snowy conditions, since they provide the best traction. Unlike other rung surfaces, such as cross bars, this type allows the tire to grip the ramp at each stage of the incline.

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