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Old 03-23-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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Carrying a ladder

No way I am going to use ladder on back of rig. Not meant to hold 350lbs. I have a Little Giant type ladder I used with my 5th wheel. I do not have pass thru storage on this rig, so I plan on hanging the ladder on the coach ladder. I have looked at using a bike/chair carrier, but wondered if anyone has done it and how. Was also thinking of bending some flat bar to make a holder.

Ideas?????

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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I see several doing it that way and used to carry a step ladder that way myself.

Wound up doing some damage to the factory ladder and decided to trash it..

Had a body man make up a pair of "J" hooks,, these are basically big aluminum (Quarter inch diamond plate, the stuff truck bumpers are made of, in fact left over metal from just that) which I bolted in to solid wood just below the roof line

A standard stainless steel shower 'Assist' bar from the bath accessories isle was bolted on near the botom of the back

A combination ladder, which takes my 330 pounds like nobody's business, hangs on the hooks and is strapped to the bar with shock cord.

Take the ladder down, extend it and it's a roof ladder

Collapse the sections and unfold, it's a step ladder for washing and waxing.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:54 PM   #3
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I carry a 6' collapsible ladder but the folks we travel with use a rack like this Camco Mfg Inc - Over-the-Ladder Chair and Bike Rack - Racks & Holders - Camping World and carry a 6' ladder rated for 300 pounds. They use bungee cords and a bicycle lock to secure it.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:13 PM   #4
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Just wondering, why do you need a long ladder? If you are 350#, I don't think you should be on the roof. A step ladder will allow you to reach the top of your RV (unless you are short).
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I use the one wthomas1 mentioned. It's been on there 6 years with no sign of deterioration. I use a chain around the bottom step of the ladders and a combination lock.
A ladder is necessary for me to wash my windshield.
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I carry a 6' collapsible ladder but the folks we travel with use a rack like this Camco Mfg Inc - Over-the-Ladder Chair and Bike Rack - Racks & Holders - Camping World and carry a 6' ladder rated for 300 pounds. They use bungee cords and a bicycle lock to secure it.
i have been using the same camco ladder rack as wthomas since 2006. i use bungee cords and cable lock to secure the 6' fiberglass step ladder.
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We have the telescoping style ladder. Closes to about 2' and opens to 12'. Locks in place at any size you need. I think the weight load is around 300lbs. All weight rating is under what ladders will hold.
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Just wondering, why do you need a long ladder? If you are 350#, I don't think you should be on the roof. A step ladder will allow you to reach the top of your RV (unless you are short).
Still need to be high enough to check for any damage of I hit low hanging trees. Also need to clean windshield. The ladder is only a 4' step ladder when in smallest position.

I think I will go the homemade hooks, that way I can use them high and low and distribute the weight over multiple treads instead of hanging on one.

Thanks for the ideas.
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Don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but don't you think strapping a ladder to your ladder is kind of tacky?

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I'd sure like to have a nickle for every RV I've seen on the highway with bikes, ladders, and other things covering the brake/signal/tail lights.
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Don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but don't you think strapping a ladder to your ladder is kind of tacky?
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I hauled a 6' step ladder (strapped to my coach ladder) from North Carolina to Alaska and back in '06. I couldn't care less if someone thought it looked tacky.
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Don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but don't you think strapping a ladder to your ladder is kind of tacky?

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Not if you adjust the bungee cords so that the ladder feet appear real loose and it looks like the whole ladder is about to fall away from the coach. Puts the stops on all tailgating.
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When someone was stopped at the rest area with a billowing awning and I stopped to help with my ladder I don't remember them mentioning that it looked tacky.
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When someone was stopped at the rest area with a billowing awning and I stopped to help with my ladder I don't remember them mentioning that it looked tacky.
Of course not, they were thankful you had a ladder, not where it was stowed.

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