When Loading a Car Goes Wrong

So often we’ll see instances of people using the most ridiculous techniques to load a car or truck into the back of another truck. When this story surfaced of a few guys actually making a rickety system of planks work for loading a car – it just had to be shared. It’s not too often this will happen and everything works out just fine, and this one is no exception.

It looks like a system of 2x6s was used to line up the back wheels of the vehicle with the interior of the box truck. Normally two big mistakes are made: the ramp is too steep and the force from trying to reverse up the steep ramp causes the wheels to slide OR the ramp isn’t reinforced enough and the car cracks the wood.

Of course, the third option is the vehicle isn’t aligned properly and simply falls off track. To put it simply – there are more ways to mess this up then there are to get it right. But for the right team, it’s a piece of cake. Anyway, check out some examples of better ways to load a car.

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For a small four cylinder car there are a number of options. SmartCars, for instance, have their own after-market specialty truck loader. It’s pretty single use – only wo

  • fuzzbuster4

    Well mister author; I’m guessing this wasn’t Miami, NYC or Beverly Hills. So the loading options you pointed out, were most likely, unavailable-let alone affordable. The 3% incline you refer to, is meant to keep the “break over angle” as low as possible. Not necessarily to help control the throttle; as most of the options you mentioned don’t require any input from a driver anyway, except the one where you drive onto a flat ramp, exit the auto, lift the auto up to the bed height and then drive straight in.

    Also; it wasn’t the ramp that failed. It was the support that slipped out. The ramps didn’t even break.

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