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Portable Dock Ramps: A Guide for Warehouse Managers

Portable Dock Ramps_ A Guide for Warehouse Managers

Does a portable dock ramp make sense for your warehouse?

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that the answer is a resounding “yes.” Portable dock ramps add versatility to warehouse operations, making it easy to load and unload goods from a wider variety of vehicles — while ensuring a safe workflow for personnel. 

If you need a mobile, adaptable material handling ramp, a portable dock may be the solution. Below, we’ll explain some of the advantages and provide tips for purchasing.

Portable Dock Ramps Vs. Permanent Dock Ramps

The primary advantage of a portable dock ramp is right in the name: It’s portable. A stationary ground-to-dock ramp is a long-term solution, but it’s practically limited. Modern warehouses may need to load at different heights or serve vehicles in different places; a portable ramp instantly provides that functionality.


  • Common use cases for portable dock ramps include:
  • Enhancing last-mile delivery capabilities.
  • Allowing for efficient loading/unloading without a loading bay by enabling forklifts to handle palletized goods outside of the facility.
  • Allowing for on-the-spot loading of shipping containers.
  • Providing an overflow option during high-traffic hours or seasons.

In each of these applications, the ramp must be appropriately engineered for the task at hand. A light-duty, storable ramp serves a completely different purpose than a heavy-duty overflow ramp.Related: Inventory Management Strategies for Overstuffed Warehouses

Choosing a Portable Dock Ramp for Your Facility

To find a portable ramp that works for your facility, you’ll need to consider basic specifications like length, width, and capacity. You’ll also need to assess the design of the unit; well-engineered ramps should have high-traction surfaces, steel approach plates, and common-sense safety features (such as safety chains that can secure the ramp to a truck when engaged).

Solus Group carries portable dock ramps from BHS, which can serve a wide variety of applications: 

  • Yard Ramps (YR-8436) - The Yard Ramp is portable, durable, and versatile Hydraulic hand pumps lift the 36-foot ramp gradually into position, and the all-steel construction can safely handle capacities of up to 25,000 lbs (11,340 kg).  
  • Dock Ramps (DR) - A 30-foot ramp with solid steel approach plates, the DR Dock Ramp features 8" steel curbs to prevent accidents. Ideal for packing and unpacking via forklift, the Dock Ramp has a capacity of up to 40,000 lbs (18,144 kg).
  • Loading Dock Ramps (LDR) - Ideal for loading last-mile delivery vehicles, the 32-foot LDR brings Sprinter-style vans and delivery vehicles up to standard dock height. It supports up to 25,000 pounds (11,340 kg) and features a modular design.

All units can be customized, and options like handrails and tow bars can be used to extend functionality. These versatile solutions instantly add to your warehouse’s capabilities — improving productivity and throughput from day one.

If you’re researching material handling ramps for your warehouse, Solus Group can help you evaluate your options. From custom-engineered portable ramps to modular loading dock platforms and yard ramps, we carry reliable, cost-effective solutions for warehouses of all sizes. 

To learn more, call (314) 696-0200 to speak with a member of our sales team or click here to submit a request online.

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