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Old 05-24-2016, 11:04 PM   #1
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Exterior roof ladder 5th wheel???!!

This I'm sure will strike some of you as stupid but just be easy on me. Haha I have never had a toyhauler big enough till now that has had a side mount roof ladder. I have a puma unleashed 373qsi 38' TH. My question is do any of you leave your ladder attached while traveling or towing. It is a side mount since it's a toyhauler and sticks out maybe 6" or so??
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Old 05-26-2016, 07:40 PM   #2
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Won't it store inside your on board garage? I'd think adding 6" width on the back end side of the trailer would be a great attraction to trees, shrubs, and street signs.
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:33 PM   #3
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I see quite a few of them traveling installed, must not be too big a deal.
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Most of the ladders these days fold up. I'm sure yours does also. When you want to use it it folds out. It should have a couple pins holding it folded
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No unfortunately is doesn't fold and I can if I have to keep it in my garage but the ladder is pretty big and I got that thing packed pretty tight. Don't wanna sound petty but it is really in the way.
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Old 05-28-2016, 11:59 PM   #6
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Is your TH a widebody?
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Yes I believe so
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Do you need it on a trip? leave it at home
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Old 05-31-2016, 04:42 PM   #9
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you would be quite likely over max width with the ladder installed going down the road... Doubtful anyone would stop you for it, but typical 5ers in that size are right at the limit width wise anyhow.
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3 years traveling with my toyhauler now. My ladder has always stayed at home.
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I'd leave it be attached and truck-on. In my opinion if you're so close to hitting it, you're too close in the first place.
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It never ceases to amaze me how many people are afraid of the 'roof police' and want to keep their roofs spotless or need to check it out four times a month or so. It does need to be checked for tears & etc, but not that often. We've even four solar panels and they work fine without me verifying they are still up there every week. Leave the ladder at home & inspect your roof a few times a year.
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Leave the ladder at home & inspect your roof a few times a year.
1) Most manufacturers require a 90-day inspection. That's 4 times a year.
2) The roof on our Keystone came up, cut itself on AC frame in the first 6-months. The only way I found it was getting up there. Had I left it, it would have been ugly.
3) Today's toy haulers are big/tall. Easy to get a penetration, easy to check if you've got a mounted ladder.

Our RV has a permanently mounted ladder that "folds out". Inside there are 2 other ladders for the rear beds and bunk. Not that big a deal to take them with you.. and I like having one so I can check the roof after a long pull.
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Our's folds against the side with pins as well. I don't think it's worth the risk leaving it extended (or in your case attached) to snag a tree or other object by increasing your turning radius or tow width by an additional 6 inches. Just MHO.
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