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Old 02-13-2008, 10:37 AM   #1
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I just bought a Surveyor SV-304 and it did not come with a outside ladder. Has anyone installed a ladder on their own? Also, what ladder would you recommend?


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Old 02-13-2008, 12:16 PM   #2
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That's something I wish I had on my Park Trailer. I always gotta drag one out of the shed or truck one out to get on the roof. (they come in handy for washing windows, however!)

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Old 02-13-2008, 12:38 PM   #3
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I just purchased a 2005 Surveyor SV234 that didn't come with a ladder and I got the dealer to work one into the deal with installation. I was there yesterday and got to watch them put it on. It was just a generic one that you can find at Camping World for under $150. I had to have a ladder!!
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:13 PM   #4
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When we bought our 2007 Surveyor SV291 it didn't have a ladder either. When I asked the dealer, he said that when they do it at the factory, they add internal supports. He didn't outright refuse to do it for me, but he strongly recommended we didn't add it on. I don't know if that is the truth, or he just didn't want to assume any liability... End result, we carry one in the storage area (sometimes) or we just drag a picnic table over so I can sweep off the slide when closing up at a CG. At home I use a regular ladder.
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:31 PM   #5
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We are having a ladder included with the purchase of our LE29BHBS

They are contacting the factory for wall construction info and plan to provide addn support by supporting the vertical ladder on the rear bumper. hope it works well
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:14 PM   #6
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I have the Rockwood 8318 and they won't put a ladder on it either. Actually, after thinking about it some, you can buy those cool telescoping ladders for about $200. The cost of a fixed ladder is about $80, then another $80 to install it.... Then when you sell the trailer, the ladder goes too. So, that $200 telescoping ladder is looking better, plus it could be used for anything getting the kids out of the tree....again
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:16 AM   #7
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I have a 8314 with a factory installed ladder, they are good to have, I am 160 lbs and 5' 6" I noticed the last time I was on the ladder and was at the roof line it was starting to loosen up at the top where it is mounted, I hope there is added support in this area. I think that the ladder should be mounted to the top of the bumper at the bottom to help reduce the stress at the mounting point on the roof. Just a nother engineering thing!! Anyone know what the weight limits are for these ladders? and they are not very wide.
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The real question is: Is blocking (support in the wall) for a ladder automatically installed at the factory. Try to call them and ask.
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I would not install one without making sure I was screwing the mounts into a stud, I would also want to mount it to the top of the bumper which would absorb most of the downward pressure when climbing.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:09 PM   #10
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Ladder attached to bumper

Just a thought. . . Isn't. the body attached to the frame with rubber mounts to allow some flexing, or is this only on motor homes? If so - - - If the ladder was attached to the roof and the bumper, the frame might flex and tear the ladder loose from the roof and cause a leak.

I noticed when I was under my Class-C, it looked llike it had rubber mounts.

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