Ram Might Have a Patent on an In-Bed ATV Ramp
Expanded Functionality Coming to Ram Soon?
A filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office suggests that inventors from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are working on an in-bed loading ramp. Ram/Dodge Exterior Designer Deyan Ninov, Head of Dodge and Ram Design Joseph Dehner, and Chief Designer Ram Brand Greg Howell are named on the patent as inventors of the “adjustable loading ramp system for a vehicle,” with Fiat Chrysler as the assignee to the patent.
Essentially, the patent describes an integrated loading ramp system for a pickup. Two channels that run the length of the bed and tailgate conceal a pair of ramps that deploy from the end of the lowered tailgate, while a hook on the end of each ramp can latch into a groove on the edge of the tailgate. The patent says this method is better than other integrated ramps because it allows for lateral adjustment. The groove runs across the tailgate, so it’s possible to deploy one or both of the ramps anywhere along the vehicle’s width. Additionally, since the ramps stow in the channels, there’s no need to take up bed space with external loading equipment.
The patent filing says this solution is ideal for loading heavy equipment, like ATVs, motorcycles, and lawn mowers into the bed of a truck, and we agree. It’s a very interesting solution to the challenge of moving power toys. However, we foresee just a few problems. One, hauling motorcycles, lawn equipment, and mud-covered ATVs is dirty business, so Ram would have to find a way to keep the channels from getting gunked up. Two, the integrated ramp would need to take up little of the bed’s depth, since Ram has already gotten some flak for its useful RamBox storage boxes, which significantly reduce the usable width of the bed.
However, the patent filing proves that Ram is constantly innovating, as the brand’s PR department is wont to say. Between this potential new development and Ram’s best-in-class torque and towing numbers, excellent fuel economy, and unique suspension designs, the company is seemingly always looking for ways to make truck buyers happier with their Ram pickups.
Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office