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Old 12-05-2012, 06:40 AM   #1
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New owner question

When we bought our 2000 Maverick the RV dealer asked me my weight.

He then said that the ladders and mounting hardware on ALL RVs are only rated for 160 lbs., not my 220.

He advised that repeated use by anyone over 160 lbs would cause the hardware and especially where the the ladders were sealed and attached to leak.

He also told me to exercise extreme caution on the rubber roof material because of my weight.

Any truth to this?
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:51 AM   #2
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That is a good question. I have never heard of a specific weight restriction, but always wondered about the way ladders are mounted. I am about 188.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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It really depends on the ladder the mfg used. The quality of the RV and materials used in the roof can also come into play. Mfgs will underrate these weights for liability reasons. I had an old class C that the ladder was rated at 180, and it wasn't in very good shape. At 250 at the time I used it many times. I think my present ladder is rated at 200 and it's twice as strong as my old one. I'm 230 now and have been up there 50 times.

As far as the roof, if you weigh 260 and can't walk on it, you got the wrong RV.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:36 AM   #4
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Thanks for the answers.
They are as I thought.

The Dealer had a vehicle maintenance Supervisor that gave all new owners an "orientation" on their vehicle. I felt that this blanket statement that no ladder and hardware, by any manufacturer, was rated for over 160 lbs was at the least strange and more of a ploy to get me to being the vehicle back to them for everything.

Thanks again.
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I should mention there was some truth in what he said. Regardless of your weight, it's not a bad idea to inspect the ladder hardware and caulking periodically, just like you should on all exterior caulking. The last thing you want in an RV is a water leak.
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Ladder part not true on my rig but I suspect ladder is weak point on some rigs. Roof is weak point on most rigs - nuff said.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:44 PM   #7
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I assumed from the jump that my 320 lbs might be a tad too much for the ladder and roof of our old rv. Guess staying off was my smartest move yet. Now to figure out how I'm going to get my leaky roof sealed up. Not sure I can reach it from the sides.
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I hope this makes you feel better, I am about 260 and almost every RV we have owned, I used the ladder to get on the roof. I also walked on the roof to clean it every year. For several years we had a 2 bicycle rack and bicycles on it, it was also on the ladder, now the bikes probably weighted 70 or so lbs and the rack another 20 but think of it taking bounces and wind. I am not saying anything about what is right or wrong, I am just stating my own experience. Take it with a grain of salt.
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I assumed from the jump that my 320 lbs might be a tad too much for the ladder and roof of our old rv. Guess staying off was my smartest move yet. Now to figure out how I'm going to get my leaky roof sealed up. Not sure I can reach it from the sides.
Can't you call the company that made your RV and ask? They would know the safe maximum weight allowed. Please don't be offended but if you weigh that much, you may be better off hiring someone to do it for you. Should your leg or foot go through the roof, or the ladder or a step lets go, you can be severely injured. Even mobile home roofs have weight limits.
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