Best Collapsible RV Ladders in 2021
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Your RV (hopefully) provides you with endless hours of enjoyment.
But, like all things, your rig also requires not-so-fun stuff. The maintenance. Often, this includes getting up on top of your RV or reaching the awning, etc.
Because RVs are rolling houses on wheels, for crying out loud, yes, they are going to need some TLC.
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 rig.
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Portable RV Ladders 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 RV solar panels, or to maintain appliances that are up there.
If you don't have a built-in ladder, you need a portable and collapsible ladder to reach the roof.
And there are certainly times when you need to access the top sides or front of your RV, which you cannot do even if you have a built-in RV ladder.
RV Ladder Considerations
Of course, not all ladders are made the same.
In the RVing world, the weight and size of everything should be taken into consideration.
That said, conventional ladders are not known for being light or being small. However, there are some models out there that have the qualities that can benefit this situation.
Therefor, look for things such as being lightweight and collapsable.
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.
Now, let's look at some of the things you should be looking for in an RV ladder.
Folding / Telescoping RV Ladders: Height
Unquestionably, you must take a look at the height of your RV. Then, think about what you want to use the ladder for. Do you want to get on the roof with it? Wash the windows?
Also, are you able to lean it up against your RV or do you need it to be an A-frame style ladder? In order to pick well, consider these things before buying one.
This way you don't end up wasting money, having to purchase a second RV ladder in the correct style.
Certainly, 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?
Surely you will need to get on the roof If you don't have a built-in ladder, make sure your ladder is tall enough to allow you roof access.
If this is the case, you must measure how tall your rig is. Before you buy, consider that for most ladders, the manufacturers don't recommend standing on the top one or two steps.
Collapsible Ladder Safety
Consider looking for a few safety factors when buying a folding RV ladder.
That said, check out these important things 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.
- Good construction: Do we need to explain this one? Yes, 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 around. Even so, 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 weighs.
Since every RV has a cargo carrying capacity, you must consider the weight of every item you add to it.
Indeed, 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.
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!
Ladders for RVs are pretty much a necessity for properly maintanence. Getting the right one for your particular RV is essential.
Even so, 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.
RV Ladder Reviews
There are two types of portable RV ladders you should consider
- Folding ladders
- Telescoping ladders
We found that the best RV ladders won't take up too much space or weigh you down. Additionally, they still provide 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 opposed to an A-frame ladder.
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 folding ladders are an ingenious design. They are light, strong, and 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
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
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 heavy-duty Pro Series 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
Do your homework before buying a portable RV ladder.
You should 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.
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