Truck and van ramps FAQs
What ramp length do I need?
For truck and van ramps, health and safety recommends that the gradient should be no greater than 30% (16.5 degrees) and no TUV certified ramp is designed to exceed this gradient. To calculate your gradient, multiply the vertical load height (from the ground to where the ramp will rest) by 3.3. If loading long, heavy cases or pallet trucks we would recommend much longer.
Do the ramps have a minimum load height they can be used with?
Yes, this is listed on the product specifications on the product page. For custom solutions, please contact our customer services team.
Do the ramps have a maximum load height they can be used with?
Yes, if used over this the ramp will be too steep. If you use the ramp above the maximum load height stated, this may cause accidents, injury or death and also invalidates the warranty.
Should I allow extra capacity when selecting the ramps for safety?
The Ramp Factory ramps are made to European TUV standards which require the ramps to build in a 200% safety so there is no need to allow extra capacity if your maximum capacity is selected accurately. Please note, if the maximum capacity is exceeded the warranty will be void.
Can I use a winch to assist with loading equipment?
Winches alter the normal weight distribution when loading machine and equipment which means the stated weight limits are hugely reduced when using a winch. They can be used but you must take great care when using them – the main thing is to keep the rope of the winch parallel with the ramp. If you intend to use a winch, please make this clear to our customer services team before you purchase so they can assist.
How do I secure the ramps to the vehicle?
The Ramp Factory truck and van ramps come with a rest on connection which rests on the floor of the vehicle. The premium range comes with a bolt that can be used to anchor the ramp if a hole can also be drilled into the floor of the vehicle.
How grippy is the surface?
The surface is as grippy as it can be without causing damage to tyres or causing excessive wear to the surface. The ramps have serrations cut across width ways which are suitable to be used in dry, clean conditions. If the ramp is to be used in wet conditions, we would recommend adding further grip such as grip tape or rubber.
Can the ramps be customised?
We can create custom ramps specific to your required length and width. We also have various connections available. For these customisations the ramps would be built to order so would have a longer lead time.
What is the difference between the premium and economy ranges?
The premium range are TUV certified and produced in Italy. They can also be customised if required. The entry onto the premium range is also slightly smoother and the ramps have a higher capacity than the economy version.