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Old 06-25-2016, 04:51 PM   #1
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My ladder snagged a low tree branch

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If anyone knows or have ideas to fix/repair my ladder is you guys on IRV2. Hoping I don't have to buy a complete ladder.

Thanks!

EDIT: The part of the ladder broken is the piece that mounts on the roof.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:18 PM   #2
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OK, I'll take a shot.

Find a wooden dowel the size of the pipe coming off the roof. Cut it as long as you can to that when inserted the other part that broke off can be put back in place. Get some Gorilla Glue or equivalent and put a liberal amount in the pipe and be ready to insert the wooden dowel. Wet the wooden dowel before inserting, the moisture will help activate the glue. Let this set up for 24 hours. Push the other end back in place and then drill at a diagonal angle 2-4 holes so that they penetrate into the wood but will not come go out of the pile. The hole should start in the metal to give some stainless steel screws something to pull against as the two pieces tighten up.

I used a similar technique on a lower support that originally had metal expansion inserts that the screws tightened to. Inserted the wood and just used a good wood screw to pull it tight. Held up for the rest of the time we owned the coach and still holding strong as I know the people who bought it.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:29 PM   #3
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There are a few rv parts distributors that sell ladder parts. Any good parts department should be able to find them for you.
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Old 06-25-2016, 08:15 PM   #4
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Costs $100 bucks.... Ask me how I know.... Bent the new one three weeks later..... Duh !!!!!
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Costs $100 bucks.... Ask me how I know.... Bent the new one three weeks later..... Duh !!!!!
Until now, didn't know what a RV rear ladder would cost, I thought it would cost alot more than 100 bucks. Anyway, Im going to do what jacwjames stated on post #2. Material under 10 bucks and labor on me. If/when it happens again, a new ladder is in order.

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I did pretty much the same repair jacwjames did but used grey PVC water pipe (maybe 3/4 sched 40?) that was a perfect fit inside the aluminum tube and instead of glue and screws. I used aluminum pop rivets cross drilled thru the pipe and tube. The wood will rot at some point but the plastic not so much. Don't know how long you want the repair to last or how heavy a guy is going to be climbing this ladder but it has held fine on mine for 2 years.
Just for the record it was the previous owner that backed the ladder into the immovable object .
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Assuming the aluminum tubing is 1" od, get a piece of 7/8" od tubing and insert it in the bottom section. Make sure there is some lubrication on it. Add a small section of 1" tubing to cover the damaged gap. Pop rivet through the existing ladder into the added tubing and you are good to look for more trees! You will need to squarely cut the damaged sections for both ends first.
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I did pretty much the same repair jacwjames did but used grey PVC water pipe (maybe 3/4 sched 40?) that was a perfect fit inside the aluminum tube and instead of glue and screws. I used aluminum pop rivets cross drilled thru the pipe and tube. The wood will rot at some point but the plastic not so much. Don't know how long you want the repair to last or how heavy a guy is going to be climbing this ladder but it has held fine on mine for 2 years.
Just for the record it was the previous owner that backed the ladder into the immovable object .
c_oneil: I thought the same as you. I had some pvc at home that fit, but was worried that once you drill holes through it , the pvc will become weaker and as this is the top step on the roof and the part you grab for your life coming up or down, I decided to go with a solid oak dowel, coat it with gorilla glue and caulk (seal) it good. I did think of metal material pipe but all was either too small or too big. Thx
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