Best Collapsible RV Ladders for 2017
Your RV provides you with endless hours of enjoyment, but like all things, your rig requires maintenance. RVs are rolling houses on wheels for crying out loud, sure they are going to need some TLC once in a while.
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 and let you maintain your home away from home (or for some, your only home).
Unfortunately, not all RVs come with a ladder on the back for getting on the roof. You may need to climb up there while washing your RV or to access your solar panels. 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 needs 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 such as being light weight and and collapsing down to take a minimum amount of storage space.
RV Ladders Compared
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, yet give you the functionality and security you need. Read on for our folding ladder reviews and our telescoping ladder reviews.
Portable RV Ladder Guide
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 years or even decades. Let's look at some of the things you should be looking for and considering 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. Are you needing to get on the roof with it? Needing 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 so you don't end up wasting money in the long run having to purchase a second RV ladder in the correct style.
Most RVs on the inside are not very tall, and a step stool will do if needed. Though Class A's 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.
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 go flying out from under you.
- 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 you coming crashing down due to a collapse.
- 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 higher the weight goes up in your rig. You have a weight limit to conform to (cargo carrying capacity), so every item you have on board is going to add up. Having the lightest of everything is vital to keeping the weight under your rig's limits.
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 light frame made of a lightweight material such as aluminum. Your RV won't regret it and neither will your back!
Do your homework before buying a portable RV ladder, and 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. That's never a good thing. 😊
Camp on, Addicts!