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Just curious, I am brand spankin new to ATV's and I bought a set of very nice arched 1200 Lb rated loading ramps so I can load and unload my sportsman into my truck bed.. I have only used them twice and they worked pretty good but I noticed when putting them away they had a warning that said something along the lines of

"NEVER be on or operate the machine while using these ramps"

Which made me think.. "So Im suppostu just push my atv in and out of my truck bed instead of riding it up and down? Has anyone else seen this? Im guessing its just their way of covering their butt incase somebody gets injured on the ramps, right? or am I doing it wrong? Thanks for the advice!


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You're fine to ride up or down them, but I always recommend using a strap to secure the middle or so of the ramp to your vehicle. It'll help keep the ramps from slipping out while loading. Not a pleasant experience.
 

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To be totally honest, that's why they want you to use a winch with a remote control and winch it up on the bed.
With the unmarried set of ramps, they are prone to spread apart,this is where the tri-fold style shine.
You should use some type of fastening-hold down system with your type of ramps, a drilled hole in the ramp and tailgate and drop an old bolt thru them will keep them from spreading apart.
 

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Alright, thanks for the feedback guy. I thought that was kinda strange when I saw that, but then I figured it was a CYA type of thing.
 

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If you're only using the ramps for 1 atv, or 1 size and brand of ATV (For example Polaris Sportsman XP 550 & 850 and Value line 400, 500, 570, 800, Etc. share a similar track width) than you can make spreader/spacers for your ramps that keep the ramps from moving in or out in relation to each other while loading. This greatly increases the safety of the ramps. as one side can't move outward/inward form the other and the ATV come off the ramps. As it's been noted, ALWAYS attach the ramps to the vehicle/trailer to prevent them from sliding forward/backwards while unloading/loading. Get to aggressive on the throttle and you're likely to launch a ramp out the back before your all the way onto the truck/trailer. Heavy braking can have the same effect while unloading, or the reverse effect while loading. Wear a helmet and go slow are the safest ways to do it. always use the longest ramp available as the longer ramps creates a much lower angle of assent/decent. and the lower the angle, the safer the loading process.
 
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