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Old 10-23-2014, 07:09 AM   #11
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

Passenger side, because it's the camp side. Original reasons for the ladder were for drying clothes/towels and having a point to anchor one side of a hammock. Now we are thinking about making a table that will hook to it and possibly mounting our MaxTrax to the roof so we'd need the ladder to retrieve and replace them. We're also considering getting the driver's side ladder.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:29 AM   #12
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

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Drivers side, so I am not climbing over the awning on my RB.
Same here, the awning interferes with having it on the passenger side. Otherwise, I would rather have it there for the same reasons John stated just above.

John, I would be pretty careful hanging a hammock on one of these! I personally wouldn't want 150 +/- pounds pulling on the rain gutter where it attaches for long periods of time. You might want to ask Aluminess if this is recommended, and I'm sure others here will chime in as well.

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Old 10-23-2014, 08:01 AM   #13
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

Both sides.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:16 AM   #14
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

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Old 10-23-2014, 08:55 AM   #15
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

for me it would have a lot to do with what was actually being carryed up there. if i was doing a ladder id likely put it on the passenger or "living" side so i could use it for other things as stated above, but also so i wasnt on the traffic side of the van if I needed something up there when stopped on the side of a busy road (spare tire, jack, etc).

...but one on each side would be pretty sweet
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:41 AM   #16
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

Mine was installed on the right rear door when I picked up The Van in 2005. Seems to work fine there.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:35 PM   #17
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:09 PM   #18
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

My ladder is behind the rear wheel, driver side. It was the only place left. The right side would block the vents for water heater & furnace. The back doors are already covered by spare tire & cargo box on swing arms.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:38 PM   #19
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

Another consideration is being able to sit stuff on your spare tire, if you have a left spare tire carrier and a left ladder, for instance. I keep chairs and other large items in my rooftop box, which have to come out before the pop top is lifted. It works great for me to access my cargo box from the left side and sit stuff 'halfway' down on top of the spare until I can get it from the ground. This is mostly helpful if I don't have a helper and am in a hurry. Less trips up and down the ladder.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:48 PM   #20
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Re: Which side for Aluminess ladder?

I just got a rear-door stainless steel ladder off CL tonight. For those of you who have had these, are there any issues to be aware of? Obviously, only use it with the door closed! But is the rear door really strong enough to support climbing up it? Any issues with rust where the ladder hooks over the door? I plan to use wide fender washers at the bottom inside the door when I mount it.
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