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Old 10-05-2017, 09:31 PM   #15
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I just looked at my ladder when I purchased our DP-It shuttered. Found this Loft Ladder 'rated' @ 330#. I extend it up against my mounted ladder & secure it with velcro straps as I go up. No shaking (except for MY knees), gets me on the roof when needed & as I come down just unstrap until I can kiss the ground again
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my ladder says 200lbs
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:20 AM   #17
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I thought the same thing about the ladder as soon as I saw it on my coach. Its not Big Boy rated. Im too big to fall off the back of this thing. The extension ladders are a good idea. Ill have to grab one of those.
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Old 10-08-2017, 12:27 AM   #18
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Mine says 300 but I don't think it would hold a 300#er! I beefed it up with adding 2 more screws on each horizontal piece that fastens to the rear cap but it only helped a little.
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:21 AM   #19
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Interesting. I've actually never seen anywhere that states the weight limit for the ladder on RV's, but all 3 of my rigs were purchased used; none were labeled. The owner's manual on my current one makes no mention of it either. The only thing I can find in my manual is a weight limit for the roof; 100# of cargo + a 225# person to load the cargo.

Is there a label on your rig or in your manual? (Not challenging your statement, by the way, just curious as to where your number came from).


It has a weight warning label on the back of my latter.
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I'm not so worried about the weight limit of the ladder but the way they are attached. Usually just screwed to the fiberglass cap with no bracing or backing behind it.

Amazed they still put them on with the sue happy world we live in.



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.....my thoughts exactly, I only weigh 150lbs and while I know the ladder can hold me, the way it is attached to the coach to me seems problematic as well and I don't think it would hold up over the years. It baffles me when I see what people have hanging off theirs bouncing down the roads. I use my own telescoping ladder.

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Weight Limit on Ladders?

I would not be as worried about the weight rating of the ladder. I would be more worried about the weight rating of the roof after you get up it. Many are very thin with few beams.
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"Polyian".....On my ladder, there are three sets of standoffs on the ladder (short 6" tubes connecting the ladder to the coach body). Again, on mine, they used a screw where that standoff attaches to the mount that is on the coach body. I pulled those screws out and ran bolts through. I didn't change anything that connects the mount to the fiberglass.
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I'm not so worried about the weight limit of the ladder but the way they are attached. Usually just screwed to the fiberglass cap with no bracing or backing behind it.
Amazed they still put them on with the sue happy world we live in.

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In gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that you are mistaken. If RV ladders were simply screwed into the fiberglass cap (typically less than 3/16" thick) with no bracing or backing behind it, then every ladder out there would have ripped off the back of the RV by now. And the reality is that I can't ever remember actually having seen an RV ladder ripped off due to weight. I can pretty much guarantee that there is something other than the fiberglass that they are attached to, likely plywood at the very least. Of course, I've only been RVing for a bit under 30 years, so...

I'm 185#, and my ladder is rock solid when climbing up to my 12' roof. It is NOT simply screwed into the 1/8" thick fiberglass.
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back in the day our 91 bounder ladder felt lightweight to me @ 220#; our 95 dynasty feels rock solid to me today at 235ish.

the roof feels solid as well.
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Again, at 335 pounds, I climb my ladder several times a year. When at home, I use an "A" frame ladder to climb part way up (easier to climb and it's out for washing he coach), when I wash my roof. I have a quality roof so no issues.

Something else I forgot to mention. On my 05 Diplomat, the lower portion of the ladder gets disconnected and placed in a storage bay. Once I added the folding "A" frame ladder, I put the lower section of my RV ladder in S&B garage attic. No need for it and it just took up space.
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Don...Thanks for your explanation regarding your ladder mounts
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The label on our coach's ladder says the limit is 300 pounds. I'd have to almost double my weight to exceed that (the coach is not the only object blown around in a strong wind).

I rebuilt the ladder this summer. Rusting star nuts and an improper repair done in its early years weakened it. It's now very solid. Among other improvements, I added holes to drain the standoffs and keep the star nuts lubricated against rust. I got to learn what star nuts and "oscar rivets" were, too, not having run across either before.
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Old 10-26-2017, 07:05 AM   #28
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I weight over 250lbs and I have a telescopic ladder from here that I keep in my RV boot, I take it with me everywhere and has been great. Its got good grip and a stabilizer so keeps everything nice and steady. It even fits in my car boot



My friend also keeps one if her bedroom for loft access and she's had no problem.
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