Loading ramps as alternative to liftgates

National Fleet Products has introduced several versions of its unique WM System Loading Ramps.

Designed as a low-cost, maintenance-free alternative to hydraulic liftgates, National Fleet Products says WM System ramps are suitable for a wide array of vehicle applications, including everything from vans to box trucks to class-8 trailers and service and delivery vehicles of all types.

The ramps are intelligently engineered to vertically stow just inside rear- and side-access doors and take up approximately 8.5 in. of depth when folded and locked. With their built-in spring-assist feature and sturdy side handles, they require only about 20 lb. of force and about five seconds to unfold or be folded back into their low-profile vertical storage position, the company says.

“The ergonomic ease and simplicity of our WM System Loading Ramps is quite simply unparalleled within the commercial vehicle industry,” says Steven Peterson, president of National Fleet Products. “Compared to hydraulic liftgates, our WM System ramps require little training, are far faster, more reliable and operate for years with virtually no maintenance, not to mention our equivalent load capacities.”

The company says the ramps each incorporate a swivel-action mechanism that enables them to swing 90 degrees in and out like a door, allowing users to have unfettered vehicle access when the ramp is not in use. Vehicle-specific mounting plates are available for all major platform makes and models, and installation can take as little as two hours to complete.

When required, a WM System ramp can also function as a bridge or gangplank for use with loading docks, vehicle-to-vehicle cargo transfers and access to other elevated surfaces like steps. Whether used as a traditional ramp or as a horizontal span, National Fleet Products says the WM System provides a remarkably stable surface for those working on and around it.

WM System Loading Ramps come in two-panel configurations in lengths of between 98 and 128 in., and three-panel configurations in lengths of up to 16 ft. Ramp ends have rollers and adjustable flaps that can accommodate a wide variety of surface angles and textures, the company adds.

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