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Old 10-06-2017, 07:01 AM   #29
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We also have a two piece ladder for roof access mounted in the rear but like the telescoping one. To protect the roof edge I wrapped carpet around the ladder contact point and hold it in place with velcro strips. For lower access I use a 3 foot aluminum step ladder. Both fit well in the bays for storage.

I agree that the two piece ladder is a pain to get out but it also is very sturdy.
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Just yesterday we were discussing how to carry our collapsible ladder. Our Storm doesn't have a locker all the way through. So those of you who attach it to the roof ladder haven't had any issues with that? I thought maybe good solid rubber bungees and a small chain and padlock. It folds up short enough to fit in our longer center compartment but is too thick to go in. Besides our small folding table and camp chairs are there.
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I found that only Lowes had a largest enough fence post to fit the folding ladder. They sell a few different fence posts, but you'll see one that has two rectangular holes cut into one side for inserting railing. This one is big enough for the ladder.

The reason for the fence post use is to keep the ladder up off the floor and easy to access without having to unload have of your bay. On my last two DP's, I mounted it as high as I could in the pass thru bay where the adder would still clear the bay door.

Mounting......I found that adding a couple of pieces of wood to the wall first, like a couple of 1"x 2" x 6" pieces made mounting easier. I then drilled two holes in one side of the fence post that was large enough to fit a large wood screw and flat washer though, so that I could then go through the tube and screw through the opposite wall into the wood blocks I installed.
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Thanks guys for all the great suggestions. I'm going to get the GPS folding ladder that can fit in a PVC tube.

As Joe mentioned borrowing a ladder is a possibility and you may even make a new friend, but the last time I needed one we were the only transient camper in a mostly seasonal park and unless the park owner had one to borrow we would have been out of luck. We camp for several months at a time so I see the need for our own.

My roof access ladder is a 2 piece affair with the upper portion permanently attached to the coach and the lower portion stored in the baggage bay. It is difficult to pull out without moving a bunch of stuff so if the GPS ladder will allow me safely to get to the permanently mounted roof access ladder I may leave the lower portion home.

Now if I can just convince myself I can get away without carrying that spare tire and leaving that lower roof access ladder home, I'll free up a bunch of baggage space. Do they make folding spare tires?


Hook the lower part of your 2 piece rear ladder half way up and secure with a bungee cord. Lock it to the upper portion to keep it from "walking."
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Just finished installing 6" PVC folding ladder storage tube, found light weight 6" drainage tube at local Irrigation Supply House, no drilling or strapping was necessary install, tube was a very tight fit but easy install. I capped tube on drivers side and use passenger side for access, after storing ladder I find there is also room for a couple of fishing poles, should have done this years ago.

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Home Depot has 5" x 5" solid...no holes ...works fine for folding ladders.
Mounted mine under frame just ahead of rear wheels.
Saves inside storage room for other stuff
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I have the folding ladder in the square PVC post and I have an extra sewer hose in the round tube. The red bolt just holds the ladder from bouncing around and I can access the ladder from either side. I have a sani con system but I have the extra sewer hose as a back up system. Never have used the sewer hose, but it's there.

I used silicone to hold the tubes in place and painted everything black before installing it.
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