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Old 11-07-2014, 06:05 PM   #1
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Exclamation Heads Up.

Just a word of caution for anyone using their Rv Ladder:
The Ladder on my HC 343rl broke causing me to fall about ten feet landing on my back across a concrete curb. The Hand Rail pulled loosed on the roof and broke at the top step. Rated for 300 lbs. and I weigh 185.
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:32 PM   #2
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Hope you are ok. That is a shame, wonder if the correct bolt was used.
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:23 PM   #3
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Wow, so sorry to hear about your fall. Hope your O.K. Been a nurse for 35 years and falls injuring your back are bad enough. Good Luck!
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:27 AM   #4
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The ladder on our Montana did not come apart but was very shaky so managed to convince dealer to replace it under warranty. New one seems fine athough I don't go on the roof much any more. Got a fold up ladder from CW so can reach what I need to from it.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:48 AM   #5
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Hope you're not hurt...

At 65 and 300 pounds I leave climbing to younger, skinnier folks so I'm in no danger of falling off the ladder on my trailer..
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:20 AM   #6
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Hope you're OK as well. I just had a conversation with my dealer yesterday about the ladder on our 2014 Cougar High Country. I've never been up it but when we did the PDI the tech went up on the roof and I saw the ladder flexing. When he came down we both looked at it and it seemed OK. After the purchase I had them add a 2nd AC. I had not looked at it until about a week ago and noticed all the supports were pointing in a downward fashion instead of 90degrees from the trailer wall. I pushed up on the ladder and there was about 1/4" play up and down. My conclusion, and what I told the dealer, was that the ladder is not supported correctly. The first trip up the ladder during the inspection sort of told us that but them using it to go up and down to install the AC did it in. They're lucky one of them didn't have the same mishap you did. It goes in Nov. 14 to be inspected/repaired. I would encourage anyone that's going to use their ladder to really look it over because I'm not so sure there isn't so sort of error in the way they have anchored them.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:22 AM   #7
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i never use mine on 2014 343rl high country!!!!its so wobbly where it connects on roof im afraid of it ripping out causing roof leaks!!i carry a very heavy cosco (collapsable)ladder like the little giant type.weighs probbably 40 or more lbs but will make large stepladder to reach slideout roofs to sweep off debri!it adjusts for uneaven ground etc.i also go 280,but wont let my little wife up there either.if i have to go up on roof i make ladder 17 foot tall and lean it on trailer to go up.what happened to you is EXACTLY what i fear!! i am so sorry this happened to you and i always look at that curbstop and think thats where i would land when i fell.
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:13 AM   #8
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Agree with the above. Always use an extension ladder to access the roof. To avoid abrading the corner of the roof and/or scratching the gutter, I cut some thick rubber hose lengthwise and zip-tied it to the ladder rails.
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:37 AM   #9
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I hope your ok. Thats a hell of a fall. I'm 255 and use our rear ladder occasionally, and it doesn't give you that warm and fuzzy feeling when your using it. Since I bought a new collapsible ladder from CW, I haven't been up the fixed one since.

I use one of the corner noodle pieces I cut to fit on the slide, and put it on the ladder wrung that touches the side of the 5er where it will cushion it, and prevent scratches.
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:06 PM   #10
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Smile Heads Up.

Thanks everyone. I escaped being paralyzed or any broken bones, but my back is still sore. I was in Intensive Care one day. I know my Lord was with me that day.

I normally don't use the Rv ladder, but we were camping at Holmes Bend (COE) Campground and it stormed the night before we were to leave. I needed to remove some twigs off the top of the slides and that my Good Friends was my downfall. No pun intended.
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