There are many loading ramps to choose from. Choosing the right ramp is essential if you want your loading task to go smoothly.

To calculate the ramp length for your requirements, you can use this simple formula:
(Trailer Height divided by Gradient) multiply by 100 = Length of Ramp required

Firstly you need to measure the height of the trailer or deck you wish to load onto / off. The maximum (steepest) recommended gradient is 30° (%).



Example 1
Trailer height:    1.2m

Gradient:             30°
(1.2 ÷ 30) x 100 = (0.04) x 100 = 4.0m

Example 2

Deck height:       0.9m

Gradient:             28°
(0.9 ÷ 28) x 100 = (0.03) x 100 = 3.0m

If in doubt, contact us and we will gladly assist you in calculating the ramp length that best suits your requirements.




Plant Ramps Heavy duty ramps with large loading capacity. Able to support plant machinery and substantial vehicles.

Van Equipment Ramps Small to medium sized ramps which attach to vans and assist loading heavy or bulky equipment.

Garden Equipment Ramps Great for loading machinery such as lawnmowers with low ground clearance onto transportation vehicles.

Wheelchair Ramps Offer a convenient solution to access requirements for wheelchair users by assisting over thresholds or stairways.

Custom Ramps Uniquely built to your specifications for custom tasks which other ramp designs cannot cater for. Often includes awkward spaces or unusual machinery.


Key Questions to Ask Before Purchasing


What Load Capacity Do You Need?

Check the total weight of the equipment you are loading, including anyone who will be operating machinery on the ramp. It’s vital your load does not exceed the ramp’s maximum loading capacity. Heavy duty ramps are available to safely support larger loads.


What Ramp Length Do You Need?

The higher your loading platform, the longer your ramp will need to be to maintain a safe ramp angle which isn’t too steep. Gradient will also need to account for the power of the vehicle: disability ramps, for example, will need a more gradual incline that a quadbike ramp. Choosing the correct ramp length guards against your load rolling or sliding which can be extremely dangerous.


What Type of Wheel are you Working With?

Make sure the ramp surface is suitable for the wheel type of your load: different wheels will track better on certain surfaces. For example, steel tracks need a different tread style to machines with rubber tracks or tyres. Smaller wheels will also require more closely spaced rungs or a solid ramp surface.


How Will Your Ramp be Stored?

Bear in mind whether your ramp will need to be stored and where it will be kept. If the ramp length is an issue, folding ramps may be a good option.


At RAMPCO, we stock ramps with exceptional grip and durability in a wide range of designs and loading capabilities. Use our sidebar search facility to input your requirements and find the right ramp for the job. Want to discuss your project with one of our experts? Talk to the team on 01920 823 940.