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Old 07-14-2019, 09:33 PM   #1
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Ladder failure worries

I've been going up and down my 2012 Jayflight a lot lately to do some roof repair. Every time I climb the ladder I see the upper anchor points and it looks to me like the plates are slowly pulling away from the trailer. I want to remove the existing screws and install larger and longer screws. You can see in the closeup pic how the plate is starting to bend. The lower 4 mounting plates are perfectly flat against the trailer. Anyone know how "beefy" the studs are that these screws are attached to? Or how the wood blocking is configured on the back wall of these trailers? I'm not a big guy, only 170lbs, but I'm afraid to use the ladder any more until I reinforce it.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:40 PM   #2
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The ones I have seen on RV repair videos would scare you to ever use that ladder, nothing more then some plywood or maybe a 1X2.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:46 PM   #3
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Don't go too long on the screws, or they may come out inside the back wall.

Ours is a 2012, and I'm (about) 206 lbs (even though I look 150) and so far I'm not worried about the ladder screws or brackets failing. I believe it's rated for more, but will have to look at it.
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:37 AM   #4
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Here is what I did to support my ladder. I think BigJohnD did the same thing (That's where I got the idea). Used bicycle inner tube as the spacer on the u bolts.
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I don’t trust the ladder. I use an 8 foot stepladder to get most of the way up and then go on the ladder from that point up.
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:39 AM   #6
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I like that reinforcement idea RA. Until I do something like that, I think I will use an A frame ladder from now on.
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Old 07-15-2019, 08:24 AM   #7
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I use a telescoping ladder from Amazon. That rinky dink ladder Jayco installed doesn't inspire me...
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Old 07-15-2019, 08:32 AM   #8
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I have a '12 model too and my ladder has been fine but does flex a lot. A little unnerving but I still trust it but I go up and down rather gingerly. If you don't trust it, brace it as a rear ladder is nice to have.
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Old 07-15-2019, 09:40 AM   #9
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I did exactly what you plan to do. I used 1.5” #12 stainless screws.
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:48 PM   #10
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Your idea for the fix sounds soild. However I believe you will need to remove the existing ladder and increase the hole size to the diameter needed for the new screws, and of course as stated before use the same length.

I carry a folding ladder to access the slider roof then up onto the roof. Well, because I'm a slightly larger man.
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