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Old 05-11-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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I'm on my first motorhome (2000 Allegro Bay). The ladder on the back works but when I get on it (I weight 210) the ladder sags as in the mounts flex downward. Is this normal? Is the ladder supposed to move? It's very unnerving and I wonder if it's fine, or I need a new ladder or the one I have remounted. Thanks.
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My Ladder will not move with me on it (245Lb) that would be unnerving for it to move or sag. Try using an extension ladder and check all the mounts, start at the top..
Let us know what you find
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:21 PM   #3
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Use a large Phillips to tighten the screws that you'll find in the ladder side rails where the stand-offs hold the ladder away from the rear cap. A #2 Phillips can also be used to tighten the screws that hold the stand-offs to the rear cap. Use a manual screwdriver so you don't strip the screws out of the cap. There are steel backing plates on the inside of the cap, but a power driver makes stripping the screws out too easy. I'm about 220 and have to tighten these screws about once or twice a year to keep the ladder tight. Seems like temp changes cause the screws to loosen.
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:40 PM   #4
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The aluminum ladder on our last rig would "flex down" under my - over 200lb frame.

Better to flex than break.

Check the mounts to ensure the ladder is tight, then don't worry. It's made that way.

Our current RV has no ladder, so we carry a folding ladder. It is much stronger and safer, being full height from ground to roof and set at an angle to make use easier...it's all in what you want.

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Mine complains a little and has a small amount of flex when I saddle it with my 200lbs. A lot of what you are reporting could be subjective. Without seeing the actual sag, it's hard to tell if it is abnormal or not. Check the mount screws like Pigman said.
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I weigh about what you do, and my ladder creaks a bit when I get on but does not sag!
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Ladder Question

I replaced insides of mine. I only weigh 175, but could tell the difference. It was very rusty.
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I do not know the official rating on those ladders but I give 'em about 150 Pounds tops.. I have two suggestions..

First thing I did was add some cross bracing,, I got some Screen Door anti-sag rods (These are turnbuckles with very long ends) and put them between one set of braces (at the motor home end of the support) and the next (or 2 down) at the ladder end.. These resulted in a lot more support for my 300+ pounds.

Then I ran into the ladder hooking up and bent the )@#$r out of it,

So I had my body man make a couple of big lower case Js out of diamond plate bumper metal. Two holes in each,, Lagged these into good solid wood under the false cap. Top of J is just below roofline (As high as possible).

Put a shower/toilet "Handicapped Assist" Bar (Bathroom isle at Home Depot) closer to ground level.

Convertable ladder (Step/Extension 14 foot extension) hands on the J hooks and is strapped (Bicycle lock and bungee) to the shower bar.

Works great

I take it down, extend it and it goes at least 3 feet above roof, Nice easy to climb slanted ladder which holds my 300 pounds well.

Wash and was I open it step ladder style and I wash the sides.

Love that ladder.. Got it when my dad (who bought it) Died.
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Yes the ladder is something that will require alittle maintainence now and then. If you are just doing a little work in your driveway you could knoch a couple of 2x4's and place them form the bottom step to the ground. this will take alittle strain off the ladder as you climb it.
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The service manager where we take our rig says that none of the ladders are rated over 200#. He only gets on the roof of one with his own ladder, won't use the mounted one on the rigs, but he goes about 230# if I had to guess. I go about 180# and never had a problem. Just sayin.
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I noticed the black plastic "couplers" on mine that were used to screw the steps to the vertical tubes were worse for wear. Some were cracked or otherwise showing signs of stress. I bought a bag o' new ones and the ladder is much happier now!

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I weight too much! I just got a CW ladder holder and carry with me a 10 foot step ladder. I feel much better with it and can deploy and secure it quickly and use it for any area of the RV without walking around on the roof.
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I replaced insides of mine. I only weigh 175, but could tell the difference. It was very rusty.
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Is that something that I can order from a RV shop?
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Is that something that I can order from a RV shop?

Yes, I got the stainless steel screws from HD. Other parts from attached.
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