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Old 12-19-2018, 11:48 PM   #1
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Do you ever use your rear ladder?

I was at a dealership the other day and noticed that a lot of new motorhomes didn't have a ladder attached to the back side. When I asked about it, the dealer told me that a lot of manufacturers are no longer including ladders on their new models due to liability concerns.They're worried about people using the ladders to get on the roof and then falling off. I don't know if that is true, but I do see more and more RVs without attached ladders for whatever reason.

My point is this: even though most RV ladders are barely functional (on my last RV I needed a ladder to access the attached ladder), I still think they are an essential piece of equipment. You have to have some way to get on the roof of your coach. Or am I wrong? So I'll ask. Do you ever use the ladder that came with your RV to get on the roof of your coach?
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Old 12-20-2018, 12:22 AM   #2
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I climb the ladder to sweep pine needles and leaves off my slide toppers before I retract a slide.
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Old 12-20-2018, 12:33 AM   #3
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Ladders are not included for esthetic reasons and/or cost savings. Not liability... i think most who dont have a ladder on the RV are carrying a ladder.
I carry a telescopic ladder.
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Old 12-20-2018, 12:56 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Bahamaniac View Post
I climb the ladder to sweep pine needles and leaves off my slide toppers before I retract a slide.
I'm with Baha. But I do worry about the strength of the screws supporting the ladder. I notice a lot of flex when climbing. You know, that's only going to last so long before screws start to become loose. You know what happens then.....LEAKS! lol.
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Old 12-20-2018, 01:19 AM   #5
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Entegra was building in the supports for the ladders into the read cap for some models, but my understanding is that not any more.
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Old 12-20-2018, 02:23 AM   #6
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Use it to check on and clean roof and toppers. Holds FMCA placard. Handy to attach antenna pole to for cell, wifi, HAM, etc. as needed.
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:10 AM   #7
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We use ours all the time to inspect, clean, sweep toppers and roof and such.

Our old Class C did not have one and we were told you don't need it. However when we were at the factory for warranty work we were told that you could not really walk on the roof so they don't put ladders on the rigs. Go figure
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:12 AM   #8
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I have one on my coach, though I rarely use it, instead I will use my telescoping extension ladder, as it is much easier to climb, and can be moved around the coach to where ever it is needed.
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:34 AM   #9
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I use mine all the time. There's a storage pod up there that I use.

If it wasn't there I'd carry my telescoping ladder along.
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:58 AM   #10
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If I were looking to buy a different coach.... no ladder, no sale. Essential piece of equipment for roof maintenance and to remove debris before closing slides.
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:03 AM   #12
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I use mine frequently. I do not carry the lower portion when traveling as I can pull out my other ladder. The lower portion is stored in garage and I grab it when trips to the roof are needed.
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:07 AM   #13
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I use it several times a year for cleaning, checking things, lubricating. I can see where manufacturers would want to discourage most RV owners from getting on the roof or using the ladder.

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Old 12-20-2018, 07:13 AM   #14
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I always use the attached ladder and I get up there before every trip. I also get up there every couple months just to check on things. Never used a stand alone ladder.
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