Ram Patents Stowable Ramp System

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Ram is looking for new ways to differentiate its pickup from the competition.

Joining the RamBox as possible options for consumers, the American automaker has been awarded a patent for a set of ramps that appear to slide into the bed and tailgate for stowage. Detailed extensively in the patent application that was filed in 2014 and recently approved, the system consists of an adjustable loading ramp system and a locking mechanism for when the ramps aren’t being used in the bed.

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The inventors of this ramp setup were Deyan Ninov, Joseph Dehner and Gregory Howell, all Michigan residents and the patent was granted on June 30. The patent doesn’t guarantee that Ram will put the ramps into production as a business case would still have to be made for the product. It would add a viable option for Ram owners to help load and unload their bed, especially in a market that has become increasingly competitive over the recent years.

[Source: TTAC]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Jul 15, 2015

    Instead of lugging around ramps all the time; you can buy aluminum ramps at Harbor Freight for cheap (even cheaper with the common 20% off coupons) *but then again there are people who will buy $2500 Navigation systems instead of a $25 Garmin off craigslist (for people who don't have smart phone GPS)

  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Jul 16, 2015

    I think they stole this idea from rental trucks, Heh.