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Old 01-28-2014, 03:49 AM   #1
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A Ladder to bigger problems

Need a little help, putting a ladder on my class c MH - to attach it do I need special screws or any suggestion on how to do it? have gray stuff for waterproofing, I'm going into fiberglass - I'm a do it yourself person ?
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:07 AM   #2
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Being your rig was built by Fleetwood I would contact them for a precise location for mounting the ladder so you will catch some sturdy attachment points. JMHO! Good luck and hope it all works out.
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The permanently mounted ladders to the RV roof have to hold a lot of weight. Most are rated for at least 200 lbs. The manufacturer of our motorhome (Tiffin) encapsulates steel plates into the fiberglass rear cap and the roof to use to hold the screws and distribute the weight. I would be hesitant to install a ladder without something strong to anchor it to.

Maybe you can use a magnet to see if you have plates in your walls or a stud finder to see if there are any internal ribs or supports in the vicinity of where you want to put the ladder.
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Google your year and model for pictures. Take a look at the pictures to get an idea where they are mounted on other identical MH's. This will narrow your search that paz suggested. Good luck.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:23 AM   #5
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You need to make sure that the anchors go into a structural member. The Filon and fiberglass will not hold the ladder securely.

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Old 01-28-2014, 02:14 PM   #6
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I have a suggestion::: In my life I have worked as a professional ladder monkey (Roofer in this case) so I have a LOT of experience going up and down ladders.

RV ladders, and other wall mounted laders that go STRAIGHT up and down.. SERIOUS pain to climb,, I mean SERIOUS. I really hate climbing them even when they are very well built and more than strong enough.

A slanted ladder leaning against the "eve" (top of the side) of the RV, way way way way easier to climb.

PLUS. the standard RV ladder, mounted, is not really up to my 300 pounds.. Or for that matter half of it. The mounts are just not that good (Though you can fix that and I did fix it).

So I carry a convertable,, Extension/Step ladder, its about 14-15 feet extended and just perfect for hopping topside when I need to.

Works great when washing and waxing the sides too (in the other mode).
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Originally Posted by wa8yxm View Post
... A slanted ladder leaning against the "eve" (top of the side) of the RV, way way way way easier to climb....
Nice idea. Probably a lot safer, too.
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