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Old 06-28-2015, 03:03 PM   #15
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I used to own a Class C and would load the bikes on a ladder rack. First couple of trips no problem. However, over time the ladder started to come loose at the mounting points.

I discontinued the use of the ladder rack and purchased a bike carrier that would slip into the hitch receiver of the Class C or toad. A much better solution.
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........ Without getting too technical, there is what's called "Static" load and, "Dynamic" load......
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....I'm already aware of the differences between static and dynamic loads....... I would liked to hear from others who have used their ladder for carrying bikes and ladders and if they have had any issues.... I will be full time soon and want a reliable and strong ladder that is not only an extension ladder but a step ladder. .

These roof access ladders are typically rated for about 200-250 Lbs. My ladder has eight attach points. Now, I know the load is not uniformly applied-- it will be mostly concentrated on the three or four mounting points close to the load location.

I carry a Werner 16 ft folding ladder. Folds into four sections, folded unit four ft long. I can access any part of the coach securely. I usually use it as an 8 ft a-frame step ladder, but extend fully to climb to the roof.

The ladder weighs 40 Lbs. I hang it on my roof ladder as shown. In an admittedly unscientific analysis, even allowing for reckless driving on a really bumpy, bouncy road that will generate about 5 or 6 Gs, I'm still nominally within the strength window of my roof ladder. If you're more fond of anecdotal evidence, I've been carrying my ladder this way for over three years now with no problems whatsoever.
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To us it really looks tacky to have stuff hanging from the built in ladder. Now we don't have to worry as we don't even have one!
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Old 06-29-2015, 04:17 PM   #18
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I tend to agree that the coach looks better without a ladder hanging from the back, but the reality of needing to get to the top of the slides, windshield, and other points near or on the top sometimes dictate the use of an external ladder.

I have every type of ladder made, extension, step (6',7' &8'), fold up for the compartment, and the extension type made for RVs. The reality is that none are as stable as a step ladder, and none of the step ladders shorter than 8' permit me to reach the top of the coach without standing above the recommended point on the ladder. My coach top is at 12' and I am 5'9".

Somewhere I have read the number of injuries from people falling from ladders. Don't remember the number, but it was high. Particularly for older folks. So, at 76 I am going to carry a ladder that is steady enough and tall enough for me to be safe. People can be critical of the look if they want, but to me safety is the issue.
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I wish I had a picture of the problem I passed on the interstate a couple of weeks ago - I need a dash cam! This is the second ladder incident I have seen in 5 years so maybe it isn't common. This guy had not only a ladder on his ladder but also several folding chairs and other unidentifiable stuff. Something happened (don't know what caused it) but his mh ladder separated from the coach and stuff was bouncing all over the road. We were far enough back to see there was a problem ahead with cars whipping right & left dodging debris. He pulled over when someone flagged him down a little further along. Obviously, those ladders do fail if you load too much and what constitutes too much I really don't know. I just know that I don't want to be responsible for killing someone if mine came off or if the tie-downs failed so I don't carry anything on mine.
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After reading this thread, all I can say is:

Whee doggies!!
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:16 AM   #21
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Whee doggies!!

Try good communication instead of inflaming comments that will incite others.
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..... Personally I think coaches start to look junky with a bunch of stuff tied to them.....
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.... to me, it looks just like Jed Clampett... cruising down the road.
...folks pay a substantial amount for a very nice coach... only to screw it all up by hanging a bunch of ... stuff, all over the rear ladder...
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...really looks tacky to have stuff hanging from the built in ladder...

De gustibus non est disputandum.....

However, I find it surprising that some people spend money on a coach, then tailor their usage to what they think other folks' opinions might be.

I live in my coach- I'm not camping 5 times a year. I want a good reliable ladder, and I'll secure it where it makes sense, not buried in a belly bay. My mounting points are strong; I check them. My attachment is secure. I'll let the forum know when I'm soliciting advice on appearance.
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That's OK, we don't charge for the advice and comments either!
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That's OK, we don't charge for the advice and comments either!
Our advice and comments are worth what you paid. . Personally, I'd rather have a tacky looking, solid ladder than end up laying on the ground and spend the next year in rehab like a friend of mine that was using a little fold up step to do some painting around his house. It was only a couple feet high but when it folded, he ended up in a world of hurt. Safety trumps looks.
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I don't carry anything on the ladder. Although rated for 250#, it's not too stout.
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I have seen many carry bikes and ladder on there RV ladder but mine is flimsy. Im not a little guy at all. I have a telescoping ladder but have a NON pass thought compartment that my ladder will fit in my gas class A. Good luck!!

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I have seen many carry bikes and ladder on there RV ladder but mine is flimsy. Im not a little guy at all. I have a telescoping ladder but have a NON pass thought compartment that my ladder will fit in my gas class A. Good luck!!

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My ladder doesn't seem flimsy, but I still worry about the jarring. I also have non-pass through compartment that it will fit into, but I will also be full-time and might need the space. If I don't need the space, it will go into that compartment.

My bike is on a 1UP USA hitch rack. My chairs go into the non-pass though and take up a lot of room. I would prefer the chairs be clean so they need to be in a compartment.
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I hang a 32#, 2.5 hp Suzuki outboard off mine, no problems. The flexibility of the ladder also dampens the dynamic loads.
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