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Old 04-16-2019, 05:52 PM   #1
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External ladders

I have a 2019 Cherokee alpha wolf 27 rk-l . It didn't come with a ladder on the back. I was wondering how do I find out if I can put one on mine.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:55 PM   #2
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not sure why you couldn't. never heard of a back wall not being built well enough to support a ladder. I would double check it doesn't void your warranty, or wait till warranty is over.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:23 PM   #4
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I have a 2019 Cherokee alpha wolf 27 rk-l . It didn't come with a ladder on the back. I was wondering how do I find out if I can put one on mine.
Be careful, if it didn't come with a ladder installed more the likely there is no backing to screw to. That is the problem, if a person installs one with no backing installed you will probably rip it right off the back wall as soon as you put weight on it. You can call the manufactor, but this has been the answer as long as I can remember. You are not the first asking the same question.
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My friend with a Bigfoot got a template from the factory showing him exactly where to drill to add a ladder. Talk about measuring three times and drilling once......
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Call Forest River with your Vin# handy and they can tell you.

However, most of those ladders are more decoration and are not very sturdy.

Plus, they can't hold that much weight.

Much easier to get one of those collapsible ladders.

I carry a six-foot step ladder in the bed of my truck when towing...

Works for me!
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Plus, they can't hold that much weight.
Mine's been holding me, if that ladder ever lets go, it's going to be UGLY!
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Our Cruise Lite didn't come with a ladder but we asked if the dealer could install one. He said yes but I choked at the $$ they wanted for the install. I bought the recommended ladder (leg spacing is supposedly for our TT), got a "drawing" from FR showing where the studs were in the back wall and installed it myself. As mJones state, I did a lot of measuring and I used a stud finder on the interior to confirm that the studs were where the FR drawing said (drawing was a little less than clear). Every screw hit the studs and it is as secure as it can be (I don't strap stuff to it while traveling).
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Call Forest River with your Vin# handy and they can tell you.

However, most of those ladders are more decoration and are not very sturdy.

Plus, they can't hold that much weight.

Much easier to get one of those collapsible ladders.

I carry a six-foot step ladder in the bed of my truck when towing...

Works for me!
As well, those vertical ladders aren't very safe. The first step is well above the ground and they don't carry an ANSI safety label or have a duty rating. My DW works at our worker's comp. board. No way would she allow to climb an RV ladder and I wouldn't anyway... A ladder that you can lean against an RV is best and much easier to climb.

I have yet to see anyone in a CG actually climb up one. Most seem to use them for tote tanks, gas cans and other no-so-attractive stuff.
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I saw a pretty big guy climb one on his View Motor home just yesterday.
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