I do the cone thing to, but have been thinking about painting the top edge and sides of the ramp florescent orange so it stands out when it's down. I did one other thing this winter that isn't going to help in a pinch, but it will sure save some effort and that is rigged up some overhead door springs on my tail gate. I can lift it with two fingers now. Overhead door companys are always throwing old springs out. I also saw an old guy who had a winch hooked up to his tailgate. He sure looked proud of himself as he cranked it up.