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Old 10-03-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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replacing ladder

I'm a new RV owner and bought a 2002 fleetwood discovery 38d. I need to put a ladder on because its missing any ideas of were or what kind of ladder to buy? And tips on how to instal? Thanks for all the great info
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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You can buy one online, but I would buy one on the ladders that fold up and fit in one of your storage compartments. After a tree jumped in my path while I was backing up, I got one of those ladders. You can use it as a step ladder also. Eddie Elk.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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I just don't trust the flimsy ladders anymore so I use a telescoping ladder ( rated at 325 lbs I think )and just use the coach ladder to hang on to. If by chance I messed up the coach ladder I wouldn't replace it but use the mounting areas to fabricate something to hold/secure my telescoping ladder to.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:37 PM   #4
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I also had a wild tree jump in my way while backing. I never use the installed ladder, but DW wanted it replaced. Choice was a replacement from Newmar at about $700, or a generic universal that the RV shop had on hand for $150. It's just as long and wide as the original, I like it, and- more importantly- so does DW!

For actual work I have a 16' Werner folding ladder that folds to 4' and hangs on the decorative ladder.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:23 PM   #5
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Some RV mfgrs. stopped installing them, did your MH ever have one?
Count me in the no OEM ladder group. At 70, it's very difficult to climb/descend vertically. I too carry a Werner multi-position ladder, it's 13' extended/5'-7' stepladder/4'stored. I bought it at WalMart for $50.
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Saw a ladder on a horse trailer called stepaboveladder.com. Seems sturdy enough that I might actually use it. Looks like it is expensive, but if you really need to get on the roof of your RV, maybe this is the way. In my old coach there is not room for one of these folding ladders to fit in a storage bay so I would have to fabricate some kind of attachment anyway. So far, my plan of just not getting on the roof is working.

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RV Ladder Repair Parts - Factory RV Surplus

I repaired my ladder with parts from these guys. Easy to work with parts were good quality. I notice they have the complete generic ladder. Might be worth a look.
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I do have a rear ladder, but it is narrow and flimsy, and I weigh more than I did in college (by a bunch!), so I also carry a folding aluminum ladder that I use.
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