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U-Pack Trailer Ramp

April 24th, 2017 - 3:49 PM

What you need to know about U-Pack® ramps

If you’re using a U-Pack trailer for an upcoming move, you’ve probably noticed that it’s not ground level. Instead, it sits about 3.5 feet off the ground — which may leave you wondering how you’ll get boxes and heavy furniture in the equipment. To make loading convenient, safe and efficient, each trailer comes with a ramp specifically designed for our equipment. Learn how to use it and get answers to some frequently asked questions.  

Ramp diagram

Before using the ramp, it’s important to know the different parts so you can set it up, use it and remove it safely. Check out the graphic below to familiarize yourself with our ramps:

U-Pack trailer ramps attach to the back of the trailer and extend out for easy loading.

Ramp instructions

U-Pack has two ramp models — one with a yellow bar and one with a black handle, both of which are used to lock/unlock the legs. The trailer you receive could come with either ramp type, but they work essentially the same way. Follow these directions for setup and removal:

Set up

  • Step 1. Pull the ramp to the edge of the trailer with the legs pointed out
  • Step 2. Make sure the legs rest against the stop blocks on the side of the ramp
  • Step 3. Use the yellow bar or black handle to lock the legs
  • Step 4. Pull the ramp out and put the legs on the ground (The bottom of the rail should touch the rear of the trailer, and the entire apron should be inside the trailer flat on the floor)
  • Step 5. Unfold the ramp to the ground

Removal

  • Step 1. Fold the bottom portion of the ramp until it rests on the top half of the ramp
  • Step 2. Lift the apron off the trailer floor
  • Step 3. Slide the ramp into the trailer just a little
  • Step 4. Unlock the legs with either the black handle or by raising the yellow bar
  • Step 5. Fold the legs in
  • Step 6. Slide the ramp into the trailer just enough to close the door

Watch this video for step-by-step instructions:

FAQs about the U-Pack ramp

How big is the ramp?

The U-Pack ramp is 14 feet long, two feet wide and extends about 13 feet from the trailer. Because the trailer is 28 feet long, you’ll need about 40 feet (or 3-4 standard parking spaces) of loading/unloading space.

How much does it weigh?

It weighs 145 pounds and has a maximum weight limit of 1,000 pounds. If possible, it’s a good idea to have help when setting it up and removing it.

Does U-Pack provide the ramp?

U-Pack offers a complimentary ramp with the moving trailer. This means you don’t have to request or reserve one. Instead, we’ll automatically deliver it with the equipment.  

Can I have two ramps?

Due to availability, we can only provide one ramp per customer — this includes moves with multiple trailers.

Where do I load the ramp in the moving trailer?

The ramp should always be the last item put in the trailer. After loading your belongings and installing the bulkhead (a divider wall between your items and the commercial freight that will be loaded afterwards), slide the ramp back in. Because the ramp belongs to the local terminal, it’s important that it’s not placed behind the bulkhead (otherwise you could be charged extra).  If the space looks tight, keep in mind you can place the ramp on its side to make it fit.  

What if the trailer is full and I don’t have room for the ramp?

If you end up using the entire trailer and have no room for the ramp, give us a call at 800-413-4799. We can make arrangements to pick it up separately.  

Can I move without using a ramp?  

We understand that using a ramp isn’t convenient for everyone. If you’d rather have ground level loading, consider reserving our moving containers instead. Because they sit flat on the ground, it’s easy to carry boxes and heavy furniture in and out. And although they’re smaller than the trailer, they’re still a great solution for bigger moves. Just reserve as many as you need, but only pay for the ones you use. Learn more about U-Pack moving containers.

Do you have other questions?

If you have additional questions or concerns about the U-Pack loading ramp, contact a consultant at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below. We’re happy to help!  

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