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Old 01-13-2018, 09:11 AM   #1
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Rear mounted ladder or not?

We are shopping for a CC and I wanted some feedback on having a rear mounted ladder to access the roof. I would have thought that all CC's would have a ladder but some we have looked at don't. Is this something I should make sure any CC we end up purchasing has or is it not a big deal? To be honest, I've very seldom gone up on the roof of our current moho and it's been at least 2 years since the last time but I can get up there if I really had to. If the coach we like the most doesn't have one is it easy to just add one at time of sale?
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:15 AM   #2
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You should be on the roof og your coach at least annually to inspect the Dicor for cracks.

Also the ladder helps when you find yourself in this type of situation:

Urgent help needed-stuck at Costco with slide topper stuck/frozen
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I personally would want one.
I wash it a couple times a year,like to remove a/c covers and clean,check caulk.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:24 AM   #4
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rear mounted ladder

Our rear mounted ladder has been used many times. To inspect the roof, I resealed lots up there just after buying; t clean it off after being parked for a while, and to place the cover we bought when we had it parked for a while. YES on a rear ladder...unless you pull a pickup/SUV and carry a folding ladder in the back of it.
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I'll have to ask what it would cost to add one. I agree, it seems like you should be able to access in an emergency or just annual inspection.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:26 AM   #6
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I use our ladder quite often. I go up to check the dish antennae, air vents, and even to adjust the awning in its track. It's not too handy to get on the roof with a side ladder especially if you're not at home. We have an extension that hooks onto our ladder and reaches down far enough to gain access, while denying access to anyone without it.
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We are shopping for a CC and I wanted some feedback on having a rear mounted ladder to access the roof. I would have thought that all CC's would have a ladder but some we have looked at don't. Is this something I should make sure any CC we end up purchasing has or is it not a big deal? To be honest, I've very seldom gone up on the roof of our current moho and it's been at least 2 years since the last time but I can get up there if I really had to. If the coach we like the most doesn't have one is it easy to just add one at time of sale?
I personally dislike the looks of a rear ladder plus they are too narrow...so I buy without it and I carry a 14 ft telescoping ladder that I can put up the side anyplace on the coach needed...and not go up the rear to get to the front...MHO...C
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Just an alternate opinion.... I have a ladder on my coach and use it less and less. Most the time it is kinda blocked with Bikes or Toad and i would; on second thought, just buy the 17' Gorilla Ladder from AMAZON. It has more use and better availability to access the roof or sides from different areas and quite frankly for $250 it is a better value than an installed coach ladder.
https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Ladde...cm_wl_huc_item
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Don't have one on my coach, and am happy I don't have one mounted to the back. I would think if you would add one you will need the necessary interior wall mounting supports so the ladder will have the correct mounting points. If one is not there, maybe the interior supports are not there also?
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Just an alternate opinion.... I have a ladder on my coach and use it less and less. Most the time it is kinda blocked with Bikes or Toad and i would; on second thought, just buy the 17' Gorilla Ladder from AMAZON. It has more use and better availability to access the roof or sides from different areas and quite frankly for $250 it is a better value than an installed coach ladder.
https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Ladde...cm_wl_huc_item
I would prefer this as well. I had a CC with no ladder and used a similar ladder. I used heavy blankets and leaned the ladder against the side of the coach on top and worked well for me.
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The problem with the CW ladder is storage and to me that is precious. Even if I do have one, and I do, I have to unload all kinds of stuff to get it out.

I don't mind the look, but to each his own.

BTW, I have seen RVs with ladders mounted so that one can access them from the ground with no additional ladder, that less than nice folks climbed up on the roof with the purpose of stealing what they could, so if you choose to get a ladder don't get one that has access from the ground.
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My first coach had a ladder and it made it hard to wash and i still needed a ladder to get to the first rung. My current cc does not have a ladder and if at home i just use an extension ladder to get up and if on the road i have a small telescoping ladder that takes little room does get me on the roof. I would not use it as a buying issue.

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My CC doesn't have a ladder so I carry a 15' extendable one that I got at Home Depot. Fits beside one of the slideout trays, did add a bungie cord to hold it upright. I use canoe pads to cushion the top end where it touches the rig. Could also use pool noodles.
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We ordered without a ladder. They don't look safe. Narrow, spindly, attached with a handful of screws. I'm a big boy and there was not way in heck I was going to climb up that thing. We're going to invest in a Gorilla ladder. As everyone has said, more versatile, safer and you have move it to where you want to access the roof, maybe not even have to get on the roof if it's just for inspection.
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