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Old 02-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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How strong is ladder

I was thinking of attaching my cobra kayak to the ladder,it weighs about 85 lb
It might stick up above roof a bit
Didn't want to loose it on the highway and rip off the ladder
It needs to be high enough so exhaust doesn't melt it
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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The ladder on the back of my camper is rated for 300 lbs of downward weight.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:54 PM   #3
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I'm 6'...295lbs, been wanting to climb ladder to get to roof but don't trust the 300lb rating...someone with my similar "dimensions", let me know you tried it and succeeded!
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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5'10", 285 lbs.... no issues with climbing the ladder or getting on the roof.... ladder held up very well on back of my 2809W....
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I had the misfortune of bakcing into a tree limb last summer with the ladder taking to empack. the top of the ladder on one rail broke off at the top but the rest of the ladder stayed intact without any damage other wise. After I got home I was able to make repairs and put everything back together. I don't think you'll have to much trouble with doing what your planning.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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I'm 6'...295lbs, been wanting to climb ladder to get to roof but don't trust the 300lb rating...someone with my similar "dimensions", let me know you tried it and succeeded!
6ft 225 and ours did not rip off
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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I would make sure that none of your kayak extends above the roof line.
Wind does funny things to attached items and vibrations from the kayak rocking back and forth can back the ladder mounting screws out over time.

The loss of ladder and kayak may not be the worst of your problems.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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I was thinking of attaching my cobra kayak to the ladder,it weighs about 85 lb
It might stick up above roof a bit
Didn't want to loose it on the highway and rip off the ladder
It needs to be high enough so exhaust doesn't melt it
I would suggest, if you try this, to see if you can mount it so that the bottom of the canoe faces into the wind...less wind resistance and less drag on the canoe, ladder, etc.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:33 PM   #9
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It "should" hold, but consider the cost of repairs if it didn't.
But if you want to carry a kayak, there really aren't a lot of options.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:50 PM   #10
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I would love to put it on the roof but I couldn't safely get it up there
Either the ladder or a small trailer
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