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Old 02-04-2016, 05:19 PM   #11
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Will a stud finder work?........I know on my CC I can see every stud when it is cold outside and warm inside...No condensation on outside where studs are.....I took my tape and drew up a sketch showing where all the studs are.....Full length & shorties!!!!
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Old 02-04-2016, 05:32 PM   #12
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Several have a ladder that will fit in your rear bumper


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Old 02-04-2016, 06:28 PM   #13
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IF blocking exists, should be horizontal between studs! If I remember correctly was like 1x4 s, 1 set just below where roof and rear wall meet, one below taillight,. In the Flagstaff the blocking was on both sides of the rear of trailer, for right or left mounting. Ladder is is narrower than the spacing of the studs. Again, check with trailer plant. Like many things, the blocking may have been discontinued to save a couple of bucks on blocking. I would not drill a hole without knowing the blocking should be there!
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:35 PM   #14
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Another thought see if there is a ladder on the same model as yours at a dealers. That is how I discovered it was an option, had seen a ladder on another Flagstaff. When I toured the plant, one of the FR techs told me that all units in that production year got the blocking for ladders. They did not have a procedure to identify which units got ladders and which ones did not, so all units got right and left blocking.
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:58 PM   #15
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Ladder blocking

Fellow in my travel club has a Sunseeker also. He wanted to add a ladder and checked with the factory (he is a member on here). They sent him a diagram where the blocks were and he took it to a local dealer whose initials are C W. They mis-read the diagram.
They boogered it.
Drilled holes on the wrong side and all. Checked with the factory again and they got things figured out and fixed. So, ladder is on the port side instead of the starboard side as it should have been.
Sorry, Port is the left side and starboard is the right... Sailor CRS kicking in again...
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:19 AM   #16
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adding arear ladder?

I actually added a ladder off of an old Elkington camper.I took my travel trailer to a dealer and they sourced the builders build plan for stud spacing and installed the ladder for $170.00 labour,Canadian>
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:12 AM   #17
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Several have a ladder that will fit in your rear bumper


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Do you think the bumper will support all that weight?

I have a little Giant knock off I keep in a storage compartment as well. Gets the job done and is portable for other tasks.

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Old 02-05-2016, 08:02 AM   #18
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You won't know about possible ladder mount blocking unless you contact
the manufacturer.
I talked mine into emailing me a PDF print of the rear wall studs that showed
where the blocking is in my trailer.
Either you or your dealer should be able to get a definitive answer from
the factory about your particular rig.

After all that I opted for a telescoping ladder kept in the pass thru storage.
Dealer said ladder was nearly $350 + labor to install due to large size requiring
freight delivery rather than UPS or Fed Ex. Plus he was claiming 5-6 weeks to
receive and install. We were leaving for a 3 weeker to Maine with many
stops along the way. I needed something NOW so I could sweep off slide
roof after nights under the trees.
Buddy of mine found a telescoping ladder still in the box at a garage sale
for $40. I still wish I had a permanent one on the back end but I'll save the
money and use what I've got.
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Old 02-05-2016, 09:59 AM   #19
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Got a 7' double sided one at the 'show' here in Quartzsite that fits in a 5x5" fence post...pretty sturdy also..
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:14 PM   #20
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1) I went back to the selling dealer to ask about the rear ladder and they told me that they would have to get with FR with the VIN of my unit and see IF FR could come up with an answer. The dealer called me: NO, none of the FR Coachmen Freedom Express unit were built with blocking for a rear ladder. Interesting--sitting on the lot when I went to ask were three FR Coachmen Freedom Express units with rear ladder. On each build sheet it plainly stated that the ladders were factory installed at a $360 price. I'm sending FR Coachmen the VIN on my unit and tell them I want an answer direct from them on this matter. I really need the ladder to go up and clean off the top of the slides when we break down. I know this sounds weird but I have been climbing ladders doing industrial maintenance for 38 years. A light heart attack and stroke last September has me a bit off balance now. Non attached ladders now give me an uneasy feeling. Secured ladders I still dance up and down them. Old age is getting to be a pain, in a large number of places at that.
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