Ford seeks patent for in­te­grated load­ing ramp

Regina Leader-Post - - DRIVING -

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.

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