Originally Posted by 1der
Basically sounds like a mirror of Scotty86's set up would meet your needs. Bumper mount swing arm for tire with a box set up for genny.
Looking at my setup might help, but sounds like you need a bit of a different setup. First, there is a really cheap rear door ladder out there and a better one, both made by Surco.
Here's the really cheap one. The quality probably matches the price:
http://www.amazon.com/Surco-103H-Hook-O ... r+ford+van
Here's the better one, which several here have bought and painted or had painted if black or another color is needed:
http://www.amazon.com/Surco-093F-Stainl ... r+ford+van
Also, Colorado Camper Van or Aluminess, and probably several others, can build you one for a lot more $$$. Theirs are beefier and look like it too.
What I did for my rear racks, which I'm in the process of replacing, is rebuild what Sportsmobile used to build for a rear spare rack. My original one was rusting to pieces when I bought my van. It's essentially just a steel A-frame mounted to the door through the thick steel door hinges for strength. Simple to build if you can weld but the problem is they eventually will make your door sag. That's why I'm replacing with the Aluminess add-on style. Here's a pic of mine. I get lots of compliments on the genny box but it's making my door sag and is therefore a failure from a reliability standpoint. It has only been there for about 8 months. Warning, my welding is crude and ugly.
My advice would be to mount a Surco or similar ladder on your right rear door, where you can always open it easily, and to get the Aluminess add-on style rack on the left and put a generator box instead of a spare tire on it. They can custom build this for you. Here's what it looks like, just without the spare mount in the middle. You can bolt any box on it but Aluminess will advise you not to go over 80 lbs. total. Keep in mind most small (2000) watt generators are about 50 lbs. This means build a light box and don't put a lot of other crap on it.
http://www.aluminess.com/ford/ford-vans ... ire-racks/