The kind of loading ramp best suited to a four wheeler or a side-by-side is often a bit different in design from one you’d use for something like a riding lawnmower or a golf cart. If runged, for example, the ramp’s rungs should be more spaced-out to accommodate the larger tires of side-by-sides or four-wheelers.
The specific physical characteristics of your off-road vehicle are a major determining factor when it comes to selecting a loading ramp. It’s important to consider the total weight of your machine—including fuel, accessories, and other gear—as well as the vehicle’s width and wheelbase. If you’ll be using the ramp to load multiple vehicles—dirt bikes, quads, Side-by-Sides, etc., you’ll want to plan for the largest vehicle. A multipurpose ramp or trailer-ramp, or dual runners (see below), generally give you the most versatility, as does a longer ramp.
Besides loading the ORV, you also need to think about what vehicle you’ll be transporting it in. The higher the loading surface, the longer the ramp you’ll generally need. Longer ramp will give you a loading angle that’s not as steep. Significantly raised truck beds demand longer ramps to give you a gentler, safer incline for riding up and down.
You want to be sure you’re using the ramps in the correct way provided by your ramp manufacturer. Never use the ramp in any way that’s inconsistent with the manufacturers recommendation.