Ideal dimensions of a loading dock levellers

There are many types and models of loading dock levellers, each with different measurements, how do you know which leveller dimensions to choose? In this article, you can find out what are the ideal dimensions or measurements of a loading dock leveller.

What is the ideal width of the loading dock leveller?

ideal width of the loading dock leveller

The width of the loading dock leveller will depend on the interior width of the truck, so you should be aware of the type of trucks you will be working with.

Ideally, the loading dock leveller should be chosen as wide as possible to facilitate the loading and unloading of goods. This makes better use of the space inside the truck.

On the other hand, the width of the loading dock leveller should not be too close to the size of the truck interior, as they are usually never perfectly centered in relation to the dock.

Thus, our recommendations on the suitability of the width of the loading dock taking into account the dimensions of the truck are as follows:

Truck type Truck width Recommended leveler width for the loading dock
Delivery distribution 2.000 to 2.300 mm 1.500 to 2.000 mm
Larger trucks* 2.300 to 2.500 mm 2.000 to 2.200 mm


Truck type, truck width, and recommended ramp width for the loading dock.
*You can consider levellers with a width of 2,400 for very bulky lorries in which 3 pallets can be placed side by side. Contact us and our team will advise you on the best choice of leveler given the characteristics of your dock and logistics center.

What is the ideal length of a loading dock leveler?

ideal length of a loading dock leveler

The length of the loading dock leveler should be chosen according to the difference in altitude to be covered (difference in height between the floor of the truck and the height of the dock platform) and the equipment to be used for loading and unloading the goods.

The following table shows the recommended distances according to the equipment with which the goods are to be handled, and the differences in altitude between both floors (lorry and dock) that can be carried out:

Wheelbarrow Wheelbarrow elevator
Manual Electric Electric Thermic
Ground Clearance from 15 to 100 mm approximately 110 mm
Center Distance approximately 1200 mm approximately 1600 mm
Platform Slope maximum allowed 3% (electric: 7%) 12.5% (electric: 100%)
Recommended Lip Angle 7,5º
Elevation difference L*2M A max. = +60 mm A max. = +60 mm
B max. = -50 mm B max. = -50 mm
L*3M A max. = +90 mm A max. = +335 mm
B max. = -65 mm B max. = -300 mm
L*4M A max. = +120 mm A max. = +470 mm
B max. = -80 mm B max. = -290mm

*L (length of the leveler without the lip)

 Loading dock length dimension

These figures are for information only and may vary depending on the material used in their manufacture. In the case of low loader trucks, it is possible to reach greater heights.

Do you need a loading dock leveler? Contact us and our team will advise you to make the best choice of dock leveler given the characteristics of your dock and warehouse.

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