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Old 02-20-2016, 07:45 PM   #1
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Accessing Roof Ladder Connection

I crushed the top piece on one half of my roof ladder - yes, a real swift move! I reviewed some old threads on repairing ladders and checked out a suggested website that sells parts. I believe I might be able to make a repair using the vendor parts, but I'm stumped on two critical steps. First, after removing the crushed top piece from where it was previously mounted to the roof I just applied Dicor over the screw and metal barb to prevent water intrusion. I did not dig around to see if there is a foot pad between the roof and the end of the ladder top piece. I assume there would be one rather than the end of the top piece sitting directly on the roof. Is that correct? Second, I assume the screw that attaches to the metal barb that fits into the end of the ladder top piece goes through some type of wood under the roof, but I don't know how to access it. It appears as if it is mounted between the roof and the ceiling either in the bedroom or bedroom closet. I really hate the thought of somehow removing the ceiling to gain access to the screw. I have an 07 Holiday Rambler Endeavor. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

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Old 02-21-2016, 02:56 AM   #2
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The ladder top section has feet just like the ones on the wall standoffs. The bolt you are seeing has the head on the backside of the flange. The flange needs to be removed from the roof. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 02-21-2016, 07:14 AM   #3
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On my Thor, the ladder is just screwed into the roof directly. I'm sure there is a wood support under the roof at that point because they know the ladder attaches there. When I replaced my ladder I just removed the old roof cement, unscrewed the ladder, added butyl tape (which Thor hadn't bothered to add) and then screwed the new ladder into the existing holes. I then covered the attachment point in the proper roof cement again.
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