How To Load an ATV on a Truck Without a Ramp

Need to know how to effectively load your ATV?

Simply go through this article and you will know how to do so. With the help of the advantageous techniques mentioned here, you don't have to utilize an ATV ramp. Regardless of the kind of ATV you have, loading it just requires a small amount of lifting.

When it comes to unloading an ATV, you don’t even have to do any lifting and it takes mere seconds to get the job done. It might sound unrealistic, yet it truly works like nothing else.

Let’s see how it works.

Loading Your ATV Without a Ramp

It is not very difficult to load your ATV into the back of your truck without using a ramp. You have to follow a few techniques & steps, and you will be ready to transport your ATV anywhere you want.

Let’s get started.

Dress Accordingly

The first thing you need to do when loading an ATV is to make sure that you are properly dressed for it. When it comes to shoes, it is always a good choice to wear rubber boots. Make sure that you are not wearing any loose-fitting shirt or trousers. Wear clothes which will not get snagged into anything while you are loading up. The clothes should be comfortable. It is better if you wear gloves to protect your hands from getting scratched. Make sure that they are not slippery since it would not do to lose your grip while you are loading the ATV. Wear a hat & a pair of sunglasses if you are loading an ATV on a sunny day. You need to know that when you are going to load your ATV, your clothes are going to get dirty from the oil, grease, mud, etc. Make sure you wear something keeping this in mind.

11 Steps to follow

Once you are appropriately dressed, you need to prepare yourself to do some lifting. Ensure that your ATV is not very heavy and you can lift it with relative ease. Normally, ATV's weigh around 300-400 lbs. This may seem like a big number, but since you are only required to pick up the front end of the ATV, it is a relatively easy process.

You need to follow the following 11 steps to get your ATV in the back of your truck:

  • Park your truck safely and put up the brake. Ensure that the tailgate of your truck is down.
  • You should put the ATV in neutral so that it wouldn’t roll away while you are lifting it. Don’t start the ATV. Simply keep it switched off.
  • Simply lift the front end of your ATV. Lift it until it is vertical. You ought to lift using your back, keeping your knees locked.
  • If your ATV has a bumper, it will be easier for you to lift it. If you are doing it solo, it will be difficult but not impossible. It is always better to have someone to help you with it, though.
  • From the position your ATV is in now, hold on to the handlebars and get your ATV over the tailgate.
  • Now all you need to do is to lift the ATV's back end.
  • Roll your ATV into the bed of your truck.
  • Raise the emergency brake.
  • Strap your ATV down safely
  • Put the tailgate up.

These seem like a lot of steps but it is a fairly easy & simple process. It takes only a few minutes to load your ATV up safely without ATV Ramps.

Loading the ATV Using an Elevated Surface

How would you load an ATV without the help of ramps? It does seem difficult but you don't have to worry, we have got you covered. If you have a raised surface you can simply back your truck into it. Then you can drive your ATV in. However, if there is no elevated surface, then you need to pop up your ATV’s front. After that, you need to roll the ATV’s front wheels over the truck’s tailgate. Now all you need to do is lift the ATV’s back end and you are all set.

If you have an elevated surface, the process of loading an ATV into your truck becomes even simpler. If there is a loading dock or a driveway which is slanted, that’s a win for you.  If such is the case, just follow the steps given below and you are set!

  • Get your truck near & close to the raised surface, as near as you can get with ample space left to lower the tailgate.
  • Simply drive your ATV from the raised surface into the bed of the truck.
  •  Place your ATV in neutral. Make sure the parking brake is on. Secure the ATV down with straps so that it doesn’t jostle around.

Unloading Your ATV

When you return from your adventures, you would need to unload your ATV. If you don’t have a ramp to help you with the unloading, don’t worry, we have a simple way to help you with that. What you need to do is to park your truck at a distance of at least 30 feet away from your lawn. Get out of the truck and let the tailgate down. Take down the brake of your ATV. Get back inside the truck and start it up. Give the engine a whirl, and then put your truck in reverse. Slowly, hit the gas. Once your truck is near your lawn, press the brakes. Your ATV would get out of the truck and hit the grass. It will move for a bit and then stop. There, you have unloaded your ATV safely.


Your ATV is heavy and it is no small feat getting it into the back of your truck. Nothing is more important than the safety of your ATV, your truck and yourself. Make sure that you are physically able to lift the ATV before you try it and end up hurting yourself. If you are not sure whether you can or not, it's always better to use the help of a friend with the loading & unloading.  Don't stand in the path of your ATV when you are unloading it to ensure that you are not physically hurt.

It is very important to get your ATV from your home to the riding trail or your camping ground. For you to do be able to do that, a ramp for loading the ATV is very important. But what to do if there is no Ramp available? Honestly, it is better if you do get an ATV Ramp to load your ATV and it is also safer.  But if you don’t have one, don’t worry. In this article, we have shown you ways of getting your ATV safely in the bed of your truck.

These techniques sound simple, and they are. However, you are managing a heavy bit of machinery and there are a few things that can turn out badly. You need to ensure that you load & unload your ATV for a magnificent day of riding with no harm and danger.

Happy Adventures People!
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