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Old 04-10-2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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Ladder Replacement

I have a broken ladder on the back of my 2001 Marlin DP. When I change it out with a new one, can I reuse the same mounting holes for the new one? Assuming I can get a near match of the hardware.

Are ladders screwed into wood backing on RVs or is there metal backing to hold the weight?

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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If you do get the same one with the same hole pattern then yes you can use the same holes just make sure the holes are good and the screws will tighten down. Ladder kits the post that hold the ladder off the rv that hole will need to be drilled on some some have it from the factory
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Be careful as Fleetwood recommends to us pop rivets on the outside fiberglass side walls.
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Don't know about others, but Tiffin molds steel plates into the fiberglass rear cap for the ladder supports. In their fiberglass roofs they glue similar steel sheets to the foam insulation before they glue the fiberglass skin down.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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Depending on what is wrong I did a very good job splicing my ladder. I pretty much bent mine in half. I cut above and below the bent part and replaced what was there. Removing the ladder, of course.

It is as sturdy as new and the repairs are difficult to detect. This place has ladder parts which I found to be fairly generic. They sell you the tubing and splices which go on the inside. Works very well.

There is reinforcing where the stand off fits so it is best to hit the same place and then you do not have holes to cover.

The key is pop rivets and a pipe cutter and a good measuring tape. There were roll pins holding the steps in place they went on one way; but I figured a way to back them out and wound up using the same pins.

This was not a difficult job and the parts were inexpensive.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:54 PM   #6
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Depending on what is wrong I did a very good job splicing my ladder. I pretty much bent mine in half. I cut above and below the bent part and replaced what was there. Removing the ladder, of course.

It is as sturdy as new and the repairs are difficult to detect. This place has ladder parts which I found to be fairly generic. They sell you the tubing and splices which go on the inside. Works very well.

There is reinforcing where the stand off fits so it is best to hit the same place and then you do not have holes to cover.

The key is pop rivets and a pipe cutter and a good measuring tape. There were roll pins holding the steps in place they went on one way; but I figured a way to back them out and wound up using the same pins.

This was not a difficult job and the parts were inexpensive.
Thanks njs42.

I did just that and the ladder is functional now. I did not do as good a job as I would have had if I had done it before but not many would notice anyway.

My roll pins were rusted in and had to break them to get out. Used dry wall screws instead of pins to put the step back in and they work fine. The hardest part was getting the new tube inside the old as it was a very tight fit and the old tubes were not exactly straight anymore.

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Glad you get it up and running again. I would suggest you replace the drywall screws with something made for outside. Drywall screws will rust. Happy Trails.

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