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Frequently Asked Questions About Racks and Ramps

Ramps: R522, R402, R301

What if I’d like to load equipment with a small wheelbase, such as a generator?
All three Werner ramps include a locking feature to connect the pair, creating a single ramp.
I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a ramp, as I only need to load my 4X4 a few times a year. Is there an alternative?
Yes, Werner has a cost effective Straight Ramp Kit available, which offers flexibility to fit and support 2x8, 2x10 and 2x12 boards.
When should I use an arched ramp?
Both the R522 Folding Arched Ramp and R302 Arched Ramp are recommended for both high and low clearance vehicles. Tractors, riding mowers and ATVs are all acceptable for loading.
Which ramp will I need if I will only use it to load my ATV 4X4?
The R301 Straight Ramp would be ideal for loading high clearance vehicles, such as a 4X4.

Truck Rack: TR401-S

Will my canoe or kayak fit on the truck rack safely?
Yes, the Werner truck rack is suitable for both canoes and kayaks so long as the weight does not exceed 250 lbs. Vinyl strips and Cargo positioners are included to protect cargo from transit damage.
I have an oversized ladder, can I adjust the arms?
Yes, the arms adjust from 26” – 36” for multiple applications.

Van Rack: VR401-W

I am concerned that my van rack will become rusted; how do I prevent this from occurring?
The van racks include silicone sealant which can be applied around all set bolts and the area where tubes telescope.
Will the van rack installation vary depending on which make of van I have?
Yes, the van rack manual illustrates where the gutter clamps and protectors need to be positioned for both Ford and GM vans.

Van Rack 3rd Bar Options: VR403-W and VR404-W

What do I need to do if I need to use a Van Rack for extended ladders?
Werner offers two third bar options for longer length extension ladders. Please reference the chart on the website to see which bar option will fit the make and model of your van.
Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height reach Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder. A person’s fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.

Performance system
Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications, or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.