WM System loading ramps

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National Fleet Products‘ WM System Loading Ramps have been unveiled as an affordable alternative to hydraulic liftgates for everything from vans to trailers.

The ramps stow inside rear- and side-access doors – keeping them clean and dry – and collapse to just 8.5 inches deep when locked in place. Built-in spring-assist features and side handles mean they can be unfolded in about five seconds, using about 20 pounds of force.

Each ramp has a swivel-action mechanism that allows them to swing 90 degrees like a door, ensuring vehicle access when the ramp isn’t used, the company says. Vehicle-specific mounting plates are available for all major platform makes and models, and units can be installed in as little as two hours.

Two-panel configurations are 98 and 128 inches long, and three-panel configurations are up to 16 feet long. The ramp ends have rollers and adjustable flaps to accommodate different surface angles and textures.

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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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