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Best Collapsible RV Ladders in 2020

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Your RV provides you with endless hours of enjoyment.

But  like all things, your rig also requires a not-so-fun part.

Maintenance.

RVs are rolling houses on wheels for crying out loud, sure they are going to need some TLC once in a while.

GP folding RV ladder in use

Portable RV ladders (either folding ladders or telescoping ladders) are a necessity to help you gain access to all parts of your rig's exterior so you can maintain your home away from home.

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Portable RV Ladder Guide

Unfortunately, not all RVs come with a built-in ladder.

Regardless, you're going to need to climb up there while doing roof repair, to access your solar panels, or to maintain appliances that are up there.  

If you don't have a built-in ladder, you are going to need a portable and collapsible ladder to reach the roof.

And there are certainly times when you need to access the sides or front of your RV, which you cannot do even if you have a built-in RV ladder.

Not all ladders are made the same.

In the RVing world, the weight and size of everything you put into it need to be taken into consideration.

Conventional ladders are not known for being light or being small.

However, there are some models out there that have the qualities that an RVer needs.

Look for things such as being lightweight and collapsable so it takes up minimal storage space.

Carefully choosing the right ladder for your RV lifestyle helps ensure this vital tool will meet your needs for a long time to come. 

If you get the right high-quality portable RV ladder, it should last you for decades.

Let's look at some of the things you should be looking for in an RV ladder.

Folding / Telescoping Ladder Height

You will need to take a look at the height of your RV and what you want to use the ladder for.

Do you want to get on the roof with it?

Need to use it to wash the windows?

Are you able to lean it up against your RV or do you need it to be an A-frame style ladder?

Consider these things before buying them.

This way you don't end up wasting money, in the long run, having to purchase a second RV ladder in the correct style.

Most RVs are not very tall on the inside, and a step stool will do if needed.

Though Class A motorhomes can be tall on the outside, many times they don't have a high ceiling inside.

This is due to the storage space under the rig.

Whereas a 5th wheel can be tall both inside and out.

Keep this in mind... do you need your ladder for indoor or outdoor use?

Need to get on the roof?

Measure how tall your rig is and consider that for most ladders, the manufacturers don't recommend standing on the top one or two steps.

It's too wobbly, you gravity controlled klutz.

Xtend and Climb 770P telescoping ladder against kellys rig

Notice How The Ladder Extends Above Roof?

Collapsible Ladder Safety

You should look for a few things as far as safety goes when using a folding RV ladder.

Here are some things we think are important for your collapsible ladder to have:

  • Non-skid feet: Look for some sort of non-skid feature on the bottom of the legs so your ladder doesn't fly out from under you.
  • The Locking mechanism on A-frame ladders: This is important to keep your ladder open while you are on it so there are no possibilities of it collapsing.
  • Good construction: Cheap materials or flimsy thin design is a recipe for disaster.
  • Weight: You should only get a ladder that you can handle moving around fairly easily. Don't get one that takes more strength than you have to carry it around. A compact folding ladder should have a weight capacity to hold both you and whatever you might be carrying up the ladder.

Compact Ladder Weight

Trust us... the more you RV, the more stuff you tend to have.

The more stuff you have, the more your rig is likely to weigh.

You have a weight limit to conform to (cargo carrying capacity), and every item you have onboard is going to add up.

Having the lightest of everything is vital to keeping the weight under your rig's limits.

Working on ladders dos and donts

Keep this in mind when you are looking at ladders for your RV. The lighter the better, yes.

Still, it's not the only consideration. Getting a cheap ladder that won't last you but a year or two is also not ideal.

Look for durable, reliable construction as well as a frame made of a lightweight material such as aluminum.

Your RV won't regret it and neither will your back!

Summary

Ladders for RVs are pretty much a necessity for properly maintaining your RV. Getting the right one for your particular RV is essential. 

Safety is even more important. Be aware that ladders send MANY people to the emergency room every year.

We have reviewed ladders for you so you can find the perfect fit. Here are the best overall, best heavy duty, and best telescoping ladders below. 

RV Ladder Reviews

There are two types of portable RV ladders you should consider - folding ladders and telescoping ladders.

We have found the best RV ladders that won't take up too much space or weigh you down. You still get the functionality and security you need.

Read on for our folding ladder reviews and our telescoping ladder reviews.

Airstream And Other 'Curvy' Rig Owners)

You need to purchase a telescoping ladder as an A-frame style ladder really works best for 'boxy' RVs.

Because the top of your Airstream is curved, only the lower portion of an A-frame ladder is close to the rig. Near the top, your Airstream curves away from the ladder making it very difficult, if not impossible, for you to reach.

However, a telescoping ladder lays against the side of your RV, allowing you to access the roof easily.

Best RV Ladder Overall

GP Logistics Aluminum Folding Ladders

GP Logistics SLDD5 folding ladder

Pros

  • Freestanding
  • Extremely compact for easy storage
  • Expands to be an A-frame ladder
  • Light- only 13 to 25 lbs
  • Comes either single- or double-sided
  • ANSI Type II rated for 225 pounds

Cons

  • No heavy-duty (higher capacity) version

GP Logistics folding ladders are an ingenious design. They are light, strong, yet have collapsible rungs for super compact storage. Available in multiple lengths, as well as single-sided and double-sided models, GP Logistics has an RV folding ladder for most situations.

Single-Sided RV Folding Ladder

Model SLD-S5 (5 foot)

Model SLD-S6 (6 foot)


Double-Sided RV Folding Ladder

Model SLD-D5 (5 foot)

Model SLD-D6 (6 foot)

Model SLD-D7 (7 foot)

Continue Reading GP Logistics Folding Ladder Review

Best Heavy Duty Folding Ladder

Telesteps STIK Aluminum Folding Ladders

Aluminum folding ladder Telesteps 600FLD Stik

Pros

  • Freestanding
  • Extremely compact for easy storage
  • Expands to be an A-frame ladder
  • Light- only 12 to 25 lbs
  • Comes either single- or double-sided
  • ANSI Type I rated for 250 pounds

Cons

  • None, really

The Telesteps STIK aluminum folding ladder is very close in design and amenities to our best RV ladder pick, the GP Logistics folding ladder.

It has the same cool feature of being able to fold up to the size of a 4x4 piece of wood for easy storage in your RV.

The major difference is that the Telesteps STIK is rated for 250 pounds, versus 225 for the GP Logistics.

Single-Sided RV Folding Ladder

Model 500FLS (5 foot)

Model 600FLS (6 foot)


Double-Sided RV Folding Ladder

Model 600FLD (6 foot)

Model 700FLD (7 foot)

Continue Reading Telesteps STIK Folding Ladder Review

Best Telescoping RV Ladder

Xtend and Climb Aluminum Telescoping Ladders

Xtend and Climb 770P telescoping ladder

Pros

  • Light and strong
  • No-pinch design to collapse ladder
  • 3 sizes - 8.5', 10.5' & 12.5' extension
  • Home Series is ANSI Type II rated for 225 pounds
  • Pro Series is ANSI Type IA rated for 300 pounds

Cons

  • You have to lean it up against your RV

These come in 3 different extension lengths - 8.5, 10.5 and 12.5 feet. It also extends in one-foot increments so you can use as little, or as much, ladder as you need.

There is a Pro Series (heavy-duty) that supports more weight if you need that capability and offers one model with a 15.5 foot extension.

Model 750P (8.5 feet)

Model 760P (10.5 feet)

Model 770P (12.5 feet)

Model 780P (12.5 feet) HEAVY DUTY

Model 785P (15.5 feet) HEAVY DUTY

Continue Reading Xtend and Climb Telescoping Ladder Review

Conclusion

Do your homework before buying a portable RV ladder.

Know what your needs will require it to be capable of doing.

The height of your rig comes into play as well- consider this on top of what you want to use the ladder for.

Sometimes it's not safe to get on the top step(s) so do the math of how tall you are compared to how tall the highest safe rung is to get onto.

Keep your collapsible ladder choice light and compact.

Oh, and don't fall off. It's fun for others to watch, but never fun for you. You're welcome.

Camp on, Addicts!

Camp Addict Kelly
Kelly Beasley

Kelly Beasley is co-founder of Camp Addict and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the RVing lifestyle. As a full-time RVer since May 2015, Kelly's playful writing style helps make learning about the sometimes dull subject of RV products a bit more interesting.


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Marshall Wendler

Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing since April 2014, Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle.

  • I can confirm after using the Xtend Ladder for over a year it’s the best one out there. I’ve seen and tried to use the copy cats, but the quality is suspect. I paid the extra money, and got a ladder that will last a long long time. Still need to be careful not to pinch when collapsing the ladder, but it’s awesome

  • I just bought a 2019 Pulse w/o a ladder but the storage compartments are too small to fit these foldable ladders. What do you suggest??

    • Hey Jackie,

      Congrats on your new RV! I hope you find many great adventures with it.

      Unfortunately one of the drawbacks to the smaller Class C’s is the lack of storage, especially on the exterior. If you don’t have any place on the inside you can store a collapsible ladder (under the bed, over the cab, etc), then I’m not sure what you can do. Sorry!

      Happy travels in your new rig! Thanks for checking out Camp Addict.

    • Consider attaching a mount to your bumper or outside ladder. Be ingenious and think outside the box. A collapsible ladder such as a Telesteps 700FLD (STIK) ladder may just work for you. Good luck!

    • The Xtend+Climb telescoping ladders retract down to less than 3 feet. and are less than 4in in depth. The 770P+ is the ladder shown in the photo and works perfectly with RVs’

  • Which ladder do you recommend for a 2018 Jayco Jay Flight SLX 264BH? If not an A-frame, how do you keep ladder from damaging camper when it’s leaned up against the top side molding?

    • Hey Lisa,

      In a quick search, I couldn’t get a great picture of the top edge (where the sidewall meets the roof) on that particular model, so I don’t know if there is need to be concerned about damage. Or if it could take having a ‘standard’ style ladder (non-A frame style) being leaned up against it. If I had to venture a guess, I’d say it could. Unless it has a rain gutter all around.

      Why not go with an A-frame style ladder if there is concern about damage? Or, you could use some sort of round foam insulation (like what is used to protect water pipes from freezing) at the point where the ladder meets the edge of the RV, to offer some more protection.

      But you do have to look carefully at what Jayco did with that ‘seam’ where the sidewall meets the roof and ponder how easily damaged it could be. An A-frame style ladder may be your best option.

      Thanks for the question, and Camp On!

  • The Extend and Climb is awesome! I love that it doesn’t let you smoosh your fingers AND it collapses down all the way. Brilliant!

    Thanks for the recommendation, Camp Addict!

    • Great to hear that you like the Extend and Climb! Something to be said for not smooshing your fingers, right? ????

      Awesome to hear that Camp Addict came through for you. ☺️

      Camp On and enjoy that ladder of yours!

  • I have a Coachmen Freelander 2010 Class C
    RV. The rig did not come with a ladder to get in the roof. What do you recommend?
    Thank you. Nancy Carroll

    • Hi Nancy! Well, since your rig is 11.17′ high, you will need the Xtend and Climb Aluminum Telescoping Ladder. Get the tallest one at 12.5′ so you can get on the roof. It’s super nice because it collapses way down and takes up very little space. If you are looking to get one installed, see your local dealer. They might be able to do a ladder after-market. Enjoy your travels and Camp On, Nancy!

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