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Load-minimizing Liftgates and Ramps
Trucks use ramps all the time to make it easier to unload cargo. Why shouldn't you?
Trucks use ramps all the time to make it easier to unload cargo. Why shouldn't you?
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How do you get your load into the trailer? One way is to lift the cargo simply by picking it up with your impressive muscles. However, depending upon your cargo, this could be strenuous work and land you in bed with severe back pain or worse. To avoid this scenario, some trailers can be outfitted with a mechanical liftgate to load heavy cargo.

Alternatively, you can drag or push the cargo up into the trailer by using a ramp. Some trailers already have ramps built into one side. For example, many auto trailers already come with ramps for driving your vehicle onto the trailer. If not, you might consider purchasing or building one to load your cargo. You may find suitable ramps in many auto parts stores.

After you finally get the cargo into the trailer, you'll need to secure it. Keep reading to find out how.


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