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Old 12-29-2016, 03:19 PM   #1
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Ladder Repair

The ladder on my 1012 Thor MH (like most other RV ladders) was made by Atwood. I recently found one of the plastic step end caps had broken. I started looking for replacement caps and discovered other companies had bought various Atwood product lines but the Atwood ladder is now an orphan. I had trouble locating replacement end caps but found one company, Factory RV Surplus, still had some in stock. The woman I spoke with at Factory RV Surplus told me the caps they had in stock were the last that would be available. When theyíre gone theyíre gone.

I bought six pair and replaced all of mine. I figure if one is broken, others would be soon. I just got done replacing all of the end caps and didnít find any others cracked. I donít like spending money unnecessarily but when I climb that ladder I want to be confident itís not going to break under me.

It might be a good idea to check over your ladder carefully. The caps were not cheap (about $50 for six pair with shipping) but much cheaper than replacing the entire ladder. The old caps had three screws, one large screw in the middle and two small screws. The replacement screws have only one large screw, no small screws. The old and new caps are marked Atwood. They are a tight fit, I had to tap them in place with a mallet. part# 493256
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:16 PM   #2
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I did the same thing on my previous coach. Have some spares leftover. I don't remember what I paid for mine, but I think I bought a dozen or so and don't recall it being quite that expensive. Then again, I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday, so who knows
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:20 PM   #3
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The reason that one broke we probably form the large screw was over tightened. Those breaking is not real common.
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