I just received my 2011 E-250 CargoVan. Now the work/fun begins.
I intend to have a Thule Cargo carrier on the roof as well as a kayak (it is not a PH roof)
so I will need a ladder mounted on the passenger side rear quater panel to access it. I have been looking at Aluminess, a lot of you guys have their products. Their ladder is about $412. C.R Laurence has one for $80. That's a big difference and I am thinking the Laurence one must be a cheapie/flimsy one at that price. Can anyone on the forum give me info on which way to go keeping in mind I wantr to do this ones and do it right.
2011 E-250 Home Build 2WD
Action Van 4" Lift
American Racing ATX Black Teflon Rims
Toyo AT 2's 285/R75-16's
1959 Chevy Apache Hot Rod
The welded stainless steel ones that go on the back door are plenty sturdy and can be had for around $100. Not the rear quarter panel but you can buy a lot of gas for $300 and you'll have a narrower van to boot...
I had a rear doo ladder previously. It held up fine, but it was often blocked in with cargo on the rear hitch carrier. Also, for loading boat, the rear ladder was awkward. The side ladder is much better for boat loading. I'm glad I upgraded to the Aluminess, and eventually I will probably add another on the passenger side as well.