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To find the angle of an incline or ramp with a right angle, 90°.Using a scientific calculator find the lengths using the Pythagorean theorem:
Adjacent side = A Opposite side = B Hypotenuse = C Θ = angle of incline or ramp
So if A= 4 units long and B = 3 units long then C would be 5 units long. Look at the trigonometry chart below and select the sine function.
sin Θ = opposite / hypotenuse 3 / 5 = .6
To find the correct angle use the sin‾1 key on the scientific calculator.
.6 sin‾1 = 36.86 °degrees of incline.
Never Use An Atlas® Electric Winch To Pull A Load Up An Incline Of More Than 45 Degrees.(Always Use Wheel Chocks)
Now add the drag coefficient for the rolling surface of your vehicle. Different surfaces provide different coefficient of friction. Use the chart below to calculate the average coefficient of friction of a vehicle on a zero incline (flat road surface).
A standard flat road surface adds as much as 200 lbs. to a 5000 LB. vehicle.Vehicle of 5000 LB. x .04 = 200 lbs.
Packed Gravel adds as much as 1500 lbs to a 5000 LB. vehicle.Vehicle of 5000 LB. x .30 = 1500 lbs.
Our 5,000 LB. truck now has a REAL rolling GVW of up to 6,500 LB. on a hard packed gravel surface.