Frequently Asked Questions About ATV Ramps

After you buy that shiny, new all-terrain vehicle (ATV), you're going to need to invest in a ramp before you can haul your mechanised toy around and get down to some serious off-roading. But since this is your first time around, you probably have a bunch of questions about the different styles of ATV ramps on the market. So here are three commonly asked questions to get you on the road.

How Does One Know The Right Weight Of Ramp To Buy? -- Every ATV ramp on the market comes with a maximum weight capacity. There is no way to know the exact amount of weight you will need for your ramp, but you can come very close...and then add 10 kilos. The way to do this is to consult your manual to determine the weight of the ATV when it's tanked up with petrol and with all its accessories. Then you want to add the weight of the heaviest person who will mount your ATV. Add the 10 extra kilos, and you have a fairly good idea of the number of kilos you will need for your ATV ramp to support.

What Styles Of Ramps Are Available? -- This is really a matter of personal taste and your specific needs. ATV ramps are made from high-grade aluminium or galvanised steel. Common styles are tri-fold, bi-fold and dual runner. Tri-fold ramps are solid sheet ramps that fold in three for easy packing. Bi-fold ramps are solid sheet ramps that fold in two. Dual runners don't come in sheets, but are built with two separate runners that support your ATV as it rides up the ramp. You can also buy trailer ramps which attach directly onto a trailer.

Any Other Considerations? -- Yes, make sure that you measure the width of your tyres so that you don't buy a ramp that is too narrow to fit your tyres. This can will be a real problem. When it comes to flat ramps that don't have runners, you need to measure the width of your entire ATV and make sure the ramp you select is several centimetres wider than your ATV. You may also want to buy a ramp that has side walls to help position your wheels and hold them in place as you're going up the ramp. Side walls can help prevent the ATV from tipping to one side if your ramp should prove to be lighter than necessary for the weight capacity of your ATV.

For more information, contact a company like Sureweld.