Ford seeks patent for integrated loading ramp
Drawings with a patent filed by Ford Motor Company to the U.S. Patent Office depict what appears to be a novel and convenient way to load and unload your toys into upcoming F-150 pickups.
The drawings show two ramps that are permanently or semipermanently attached to the back of a tailgate. These ramps are stored horizontally when not in use, then swivel and tilt down to the ground when needed for loading items such as a motorcycle or four-wheeled ATV. The drawings also depict another ramp for other types of cargo that spans much of the width of the tailgate and folds horizontally in two parts.
Ford already offers factory ramps as an option costing more than $1,000 with its pickup lineup, but these ramps are separate and manually stored in the bed sides.