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Old 06-30-2014, 04:56 PM   #1
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Coach ladder to roof

I am looking for information on how these ladders are installed. Mine is a light gauge aluminum tubing with standoff about 6 in long. The bolt (steel) has rusted apart. I plan to replace with SS. I just need to get it apart without screwing everything up! Has anybody had any experience with these? My coach is a 93 Thor pinnacle 300Q. Thanks
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:05 PM   #2
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I'm interested in the answers you get as well. I pulled the four long screws on mine but the ladder still seemed secured. Didn't have time to mess with it more at the time so I just put them back. Mine got bent and needs replacing or removal.
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I had removed my ladder to respray rear cap. Mine was held on with screws into blind nuts on the spacers. The top and bottom mounts did not have spacers. The blind nuts in the spacers I have read are replaceable with difficulty. I reused all spacers and replaced screws with stainless.
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I had removed my ladder to respray rear cap. Mine was held on with screws into blind nuts on the spacers. The top and bottom mounts did not have spacers. The blind nuts in the spacers I have read are replaceable with difficulty. I reused all spacers and replaced screws with stainless.
When you say "spacers" do you mean the standoffs between the ladder and the back wall? Not trying to be difficult, I just want to be sure I understand what you are telling me. Are the blind nuts splined or maybe pressed into the standoffs/spacers? Thanks
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:29 PM   #5
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I'm interested in the answers you get as well. I pulled the four long screws on mine but the ladder still seemed secured. Didn't have time to mess with it more at the time so I just put them back. Mine got bent and needs replacing or removal.
I don't think my answer will work for you I tore into it this evening; the bolts are about 1 1/2 X 1/4. they screw into star nuts(available on ebay) that dig into the ID of the standoff. Since what rusted out were the bolts that attach the ladder to the standoff, I got lucky(wow that doesn't happen very often) I will be able to drive the existing star nuts deeper into the standoff, then install the new ones, then reinstall the ladder with SS hardware. As a side note in all my research my ladder's manufacture is Stromberg(I think)
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:16 PM   #6
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I did mine earlier this year and posted it, but not sure how to show the link. Anyway one mistake I made was not to label the stand off pipes in some way. I thought they where all the same, but because of the curve of the end cap they are different. Also some of my screws broke off while removing them so I had to turn two of the brackets 90 degrees to re-attach to the coach.Click image for larger version

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When you say "spacers" do you mean the standoffs between the ladder and the back wall? Not trying to be difficult, I just want to be sure I understand what you are telling me. Are the blind nuts splined or maybe pressed into the standoffs/spacers? Thanks
Yup, the stndoffs have the blind nuts pressed into them. Two per spacer as the bracket rivited to the cap is heald on with a screw into a blind nut. If you need to change one nut, order two as both inside and outside nuts need to be driven out. The new nuts are a job to install and a press makes this job easier.
The poster above has a pix of the parts you need.
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I'm interested in the answers you get as well. I pulled the four long screws on mine but the ladder still seemed secured. Didn't have time to mess with it more at the time so I just put them back. Mine got bent and needs replacing or removal.
All Done, easier than I expected I forget two simple things I learned when I owned my shop:

1. We all tend to make things more complicated than they really are!
2. Everything is made as quickly & cheaply to "get it out the door"

Chuck, if you have any questions let me know. It is simple
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