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Old 08-07-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
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Roof ladder replacement

Got in an arguement with a tree branch and you can guess who won!

I checked with a local RV service center and they told me that Monaco wants $265 for a new ladder, plus $50 crate fee, and $70 to ship truck freight! All that for an aluminum ladder that weight less than 20 lbs. That is too much money!

Anyone got any suggestions on a similiar more reasonably priced alternative?
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:36 AM   #2
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Look under the bottom step for a label which should have a number. Call the following with that number.

Christianson Industries
27328 May Street
Edwardsburg, MI 49112
269-663-8502

Not real sure this is the manufacturer, but they made many of the ladders Monaco uses.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:34 PM   #3
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Considering the weight capacity of that ladder... And my 330 pounds (At the time, lighter now) I removed it completly, had my body man make a pair of "J:" hooks (Genuine J' shape) and bolted them to the back wall just below the roof line, 4 good lag bolts all into solid wood.

I put a shower grab bar (Assist bar) near the bottom of the back wall.

I have a convertable (Step/Extension) ladder

It hangs on the hooks and is cable and bungy locked to the assist bar.

This thing is great

As mounted it is a good replacement for the factory ladder

I can "extend" it and re-hang it and it makes a good anchor point for my long wire ham antenna

I remove it and extend it and it is far easier to use than the original roof ladder (Plus I can get on and off the roof at other points)

In the Step ladder it's perfect for washing and waxing and side of the rig service.

So it's Three, Three, Three ladders in one.

Plus, with a 250 pound rating it takes my still over 300 like I was a feather weight.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:00 PM   #4
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Found the sticker under one of the rungs but half of it was gone and what was left is so severly eroded that no number or remains of a number is visible. Any other ideas?
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Well call that vendor I posted earlier. Give them the model and year of your coach. Take measurements from the bottom bracket to the next bracket and count the number of steps. Give them that information and perhaps they can identify it, and provide a new one for you.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:03 PM   #6
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I talked to the folks at Christianson Industries. Yes, they do/did make ladders but they really need the number that's printed on a label underneath a rung/step. Mine is gone (see previous post).
Is there anyone who has a coach similiar to mine that I can get the ladder number off of? I imagine that the Monaco Knight used the ladder as the HR Ambassador. I'm also thinking that ladders were the same for 2008-2010 model years. Would like to get numbers from a sample of each year and model to confirm they are (or aren't) identical. Thanks in advance to all who reply!
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I have a brand new one for a Beaver Contessa and most of the Monoco line with split ladders. If you're near VA, I'll make you a great deal. FWIW, the packaging Monaco does is really good. I have a new one because I needed a replacement for removal lower half on the ladder and ended up with the whole thing.

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Old 08-14-2010, 10:27 AM   #8
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Just a quick follow up:
I managed to get the numbers from my original selling dealer. Top fixed ladder is 21605866 , lower removable ladder is 21603967. Cost of upper ladder is $150 plus a $15 crate fee and freight or UPS shipping. Takes about four weeks to get one as they only make them on order.
Thanks to all who offered help/advice.
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