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Old 05-21-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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Roof ladders in transit

What are your thoughts and concerns about traveling with roof ladder in place? 101 inches is the max width in Michigan.I have seen a few toy haulers with the ladder on, didn't look to dangerous. Not going to travel many trips with it mounted.
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:51 PM   #2
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I leave mine attached. No issues.
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:53 PM   #3
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What are your thoughts and concerns about traveling with roof ladder in place? 101 inches is the max width in Michigan.I have seen a few toy haulers with the ladder on, didn't look to dangerous. Not going to travel many trips with it mounted.
You read my mind! Was going to post this question tonight. Books all say no but when do we ever listen?
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I threw mine away. I rarely need roof access but I do need access to the sides so I have an extension ladder.
The OEM ladder is an accident waiting to happen. Leave it mounted while under way and you'll probably vibrate the rung screws loose. Not to mention difficulty climbing a straight ladder with tools in one's hand(s).
A question to ponder, are the mounting sockets screwed into wood or aluminum?
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Last month camping, saw a XLR with his underneath his rug all bent up. Got to the other side. Duct tape everywhere. He caught it on something and screwed his rig right up good
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You read my mind! Was going to post this question tonight. Books all say no but when do we ever listen?
Fanboy and Sundancer have given two very valid reasons why the manual says no. Here's another.

If you cause an accident because you didn't follow the instructions in a manual then it is very likely your insurance would not cover you.

Why do people think that because they can't think of a problem with something that there must be no problem with it? If the manual says no, then you should listen.
Think of the bigger picture folks!
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Fanboy and Sundancer have given two very valid reasons why the manual says no. Here's another.

If you cause an accident because you didn't follow the instructions in a manual then it is very likely your insurance would not cover you.

Why do people think that because they can't think of a problem with something that there must be no problem with it? If the manual says no, then you should listen.
Think of the bigger picture folks!
Advice was sought and advice was given as this forum is used for...

I won't be leaving mine on due to the pathetic state of the roads here will probably break it.

I suppose I will have to remove my 17.5 tires too because the sticker on the side doesn't specify this size?
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:46 PM   #8
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Mine stays on.

On the last long trip I must have snagged it on something though because I ripped out the lower portion of the ladder and the screws in the side of the trailer. Bent the ladder a little but but I bought replacement screws (longer) and fixed it right up.
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:57 PM   #9
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I don't run with mine on either. I'm afraid that I'll snag it on something and rip it off the side. I am actually looking at a telescopic ladder to carry in the garage to use for the slide inspection, and also to eliminate a bunk bed ladder. I hate getting up on the roof on that flimsy thing, and it is a pain to haul. I know that some people don't clear off their slides before pulling them in, but here in Oklahoma, the wind blows all the time and there is always something on the slide. I just don't want to tear a seal and get a leak.
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:48 PM   #10
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I am another forum member that does not run with that ladder. I have a 14' telescopic ladder that is much more useful. It adds a little weight but I consider it well worth it.
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