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Old 10-24-2012, 04:31 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a ladder on a sprinter 311?

I want a ladder on my new TT and the dealer will install one, but I can't find a pic of one anywhere. For those that don't have a ladder, do you clean out the top of your slides each time you pull them in? How do you clean the roof?
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:52 AM   #2
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My unit has a ladder but you won't see my fat butt on it. i put a real step ladder in the bed of the truck. that thing on the back of my camper is a place to hang towels to dry.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:06 AM   #3
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Ladder for RV

CW sells a very compact sliding ladder that will collapse and stow in your compartments. I have a mounted factory ladder and still carry a 6 ft fiberglass ladder stowed. Check out options on line.
I do not check each and every time for debris on the roof. At the beach and places with few nearby trees and no blowing pine cones, etc., never an issue. In a place like most state parks, YES.
I carry a battery powered blower and the long RV wash brush and between those, using a step stool, I can remove any debris easily without climbing high on potentially wet and slippery roof (dew).
This works well for me. Going up on the roof a couple of times a year is plenty for me. A friend recently fell off his while washing the roof. Fortunately he is ok at age 72, but still had to be hospitalized. Just words from experience.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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Here's a previous thread about adding a rear ladder to Sprinter models --

As an added note, the current standards/options for the Sprinter no longer shows a rear ladder as
an option (not that I could find). So, depending on the model year, your trailer may not have the
necessary rear wall supports built-in... in that case, adding a ladder may do more harm than good.

Just some food for thought before you spend the extra $$

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Old 10-24-2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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My Cougar has a ladder and my corpulent body uses it very gingerly. (as mentioned above, I also don't trust it) I carry a colapsable 12' ladder but most of the time I use the bed and side-wall of the truck to reach the slide roof and use a rechargable leaf blower to blow off debris and water if raining.

If my trailer did not come with a ladder I would use the money to buy a GOOD portable RV ladder instead. JM2˘, Hank
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Good advice on a stand alone type ladder. My Sprinter is an 2006 and has a factory installed ladder. I weigh 190-195 ( depending on how much beer I've had) so even at my 'fighting weight' I don't trust the ladder much. I do use it but I'm very careful when doing so. The last TT didn't have one and I always wanted to install one to keep from having yo use a stand alone ladder. Now that I have a mounted ladder, I'm glad I didn't spend the money on the last TT. I would have done the install myself but knowing now... I would put my money towards a stand alone model in a heart beat. My choice would be a collapsible model. Besides it keeps you off the roof unless necessary. Good luck on your choice... Either way Just tread lightly and be careful.

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:29 PM   #7
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So u use tap a talk

Hows that work'n 4 ya? I am considering it.

I think we all gave this thread all of the ladder wisdom we have to share. I certainly agree that unless the factory installs it, I darn sure would avoid it. Those rear walls be mighty thin.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:05 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the insights, no on the ladder, I'm going to get a nice folding job.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:30 PM   #9
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I take a stepladder with. Not sure if necessary, but i always go up and brush up debris off slide before bringing it in. Worry that a stick or something will get jammed in there. I don't get on the camper roof to do it. Just the ladder and reach with a broom.
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