Originally Posted by BrianW
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.
I never had problems with mine. Really the main issue was carrying boats on the roof blocked the ladder, and it was awkward when the trailer was hooked up. I never felt like the door wasn't strong enough.
I did not have rust problems, but I made sure to use some butyl sealant when I installed it. I have seen other vans with rust from the ladder install, but I would blame it more on improper install than the fact a ladder is present.