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Len and Jo

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Ladder Envy
« on: April 22, 2011, 06:18:32 PM »
I continue to notice that class A's have very large roof ladders mounted to the back of them.  Sportsmobile B's have very sexy and costly $650 black ladders mounted to the sides of them.  I have been feeling left out and very inadequate this last winter.  So, last week I made my own black side mount ladder for my van.  Now I feel better.  I just wish Joanne would stop rolling her eyes.

Now all I need is a real reason to climb onto the roof.

Len & Jo
The Green Tardis
We 'B' RVing   Berkley, Michigan
Van Development:   https://youtu.be/5Xqk_G6k95M
12 Years of Travels:  https://youtu.be/UMIf17CzdZo

ArdraF

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Re: Ladder Envy
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2011, 06:32:55 PM »
Well, Len, you can always hope you'll get a lot of leaves and debris that need to be cleaned off the roof, or better yet, how about some snow???  ;D ;) ::)

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Len and Jo

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Re: Ladder Envy
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2011, 07:10:03 PM »
Good idea.  Joanne's family comes from Michigan's U.P. so Jo understands the need for roof snow ladders.  So installing the ladder is just long range planning on my part for the 2011/2012 winter. ;D ;D  I do like to think and plan ahead.
Len & Jo
The Green Tardis
We 'B' RVing   Berkley, Michigan
Van Development:   https://youtu.be/5Xqk_G6k95M
12 Years of Travels:  https://youtu.be/UMIf17CzdZo

SuperMike

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Re: Ladder Envy
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2011, 03:00:12 AM »
Excellent job, well done. I am in awe of your workshop. All those planes stood on their end, my dad would have been orgasmic.  ;D

Nothing like walking around on the roof looking busy, people look up when I'm on our A class and must think what is he doing up there ?   8) :o :P
SuperMike, Management & Lady Faith Finness ( A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel )

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"Most problems can be fixed with a 10lb hammer." (My Dad, God rest his soul)

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Ladder Envy
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2011, 07:59:06 AM »
Really nice job, Len.  Did you do the welding yourself?
Gary
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Len and Jo

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Re: Ladder Envy
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2011, 09:01:07 AM »
I don't have a welder....yet.   So I brazed the joints w 80,000 psi brazing rod.

Test joint.........

Len & Jo
The Green Tardis
We 'B' RVing   Berkley, Michigan
Van Development:   https://youtu.be/5Xqk_G6k95M
12 Years of Travels:  https://youtu.be/UMIf17CzdZo

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Ladder Envy
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2011, 09:09:17 AM »
Brazing should work fine for that. Nice joinery.
Gary
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John From Detroit

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Re: Ladder Envy
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2011, 11:23:52 AM »
Well, the standard RV roof ladder did not much like my 300+ pounds so I removed it.

I had a convertable ladder, (Step or Extension) I inhearated from my dad, It has no problem with my tonnage..

Ramo (A local body man and fabricator) made me a couple of J hooks (Think if the letter J, write it without a top cross bar,  Drill two holes in the upright,)  This is bolted to the back of the RV, with the bolts sinking into wood framing, just below the roof line.

Down about eye level is a shower "Assist" bar, (Stainless steel) you get those at any hardware or home improvement store bath isle.

The ladder hangs on the "J".s and is strapped both with bungie cord and a bicycle lock to the shower bar.

I can (with the assist of my small step stool) use it to access the roof as mounted,

I can hang a lawn cart on it using a standard "Chair" type ladder rack,

I can remove it and extend it and access the roof much more comfotablly (It is way easier to use a slanted ladder than a vertical one)

I can remove it and set it up in step ladder mode to wash and wax the beast (And will, next week)

Very nice ladder
Nothing adds excitement like something that is none of your business
My Home is where I park it.

 

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