Attaching a trailer ramp is arguably as important as choosing a manufacturer, or the preferred material for your ramp. You need to know exactly how to do it so that there are no accidents. A poorly attached ramp isn’t a simple mistake, it is catastrophic. Not only can it lead to serious injury, but you’ll end up with damaged property as well.
In this article we are going to take you through the process step by step, so that there are no mistakes. To some, it might seem rather ridiculous, but you’d be surprised by how many people assume that they know what they are doing and end up regretting the oversight. Take your time and ensure that you are fully prepared to handle heavy machinery before using it, it’s as simple as that.
First, Choosing a Loading Ramp
Loading ramps come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Deciding on which ramp is best suited for you is a crucial step. What are you going to be used the ramp for? How much weight capacity do you need? What gradient should you be working with?
If you’re not entirely certain, find yourself a reputable company like SureWeld and seek professional advice from the source.
Aluminium or Steel?
For maximum strength, steel is an ideal choice. However, if you want easy handling, rust resistance, and durability then aluminium wins every time. Once you know what you want, it’s time to get your ramp and attach it!
1 – Get a tie down strap or use cables. This can be used to secure the ramp to the trailer itself. Many ramps will come with attachments already but get some extras just in case.
2 – Apply the brakes. In order to prevent the trailer from tipping or moving you will need to apply the towing vehicles handbrake and ensure that the trailer is securely attached.
3 – Position the ramp. Most loading ramps can be easily hooked onto the trailer’s read. Once it is in position, make sure that the ramp is flush against the trailer and that your ramps are properly secure.
4 – Attach the strap to the ramp. Find the rung on the ramp and loop one end of the tie-down around the ramp’s centre rail and pull it tight to secure it. If you are using a steel cable, ensure that the U-Bolt is properly closed and secure.
5 – Attach the strap to the trailer. Following that you need to find a secure point under the trailer that the cable or strap can be attached too and again, pull it tight. If the ramp wobbles when you try to move it manually when the tension needs to be increased.
Remember that when loading you must take it slowly. There’s no need to rush. You should also make sure that you approach the ramp in a straight line. If you need to reposition then take the time to do so rather than rushing into it.
You must also ensure that for safety reasons, the driving wheels are going up the loading ramp first. This means that if you have rea-wheel drive on an ATV, then reverse it onto the trailer instead.
How to secure the ramp properly really depends on the type of ramp itself. However, these instructions should apply to most Australian made trailer ramps that you will come across.