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Old 02-16-2007, 05:15 PM   #1
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Old 05-11-2007, 04:37 PM   #2
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Question Re: Ladders for Sprinters

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What are the choices for ladders.

Just the ones that attach to the back doors, like they sell at sprinteraccessories.com.

If that is all the choices, how do they handle with wear and tear? Does it flex or does it feel rigid? I will be usuing it quite a bit loading and unloading boats.

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Old 05-11-2007, 05:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ladders for Sprinters

While I can appreciate the need for a ladder on the back of the vehicle, the idea of attaching one to the door seems destined to destroy the door.

There must be a better way.
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Old 05-11-2007, 06:12 PM   #4
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While I can appreciate the need for a ladder on the back of the vehicle, the idea of attaching one to the door seems destined to destroy the door.

There must be a better way.


I agree.

Someone - at some time - must have designed a ladder that can be stored in the cargo bay when not in use.


I'm thinking of a ladder would have fish-eyes at a 90 degree angle on both rails. This would be the "top" of the ladder.

There would be some manner of roof-mounted posts to receive the the ladders (topside) fish eyes (maybe a piece of roof-rack anatomy).


The operator would stand on the ground, raise the ladder, align the fish eyes with the posts and drop the fish-eyes onto roof-posts (or roof-rack posts). The ladder would be secured to the roof at this point.

Once the fish eyes were seated around the roof posts, the operator could bring the base of the ladder toward the bumper.

The lower portion of ladder - the bottom of the rails - would be locked into a bumper mounted ladder-receiver bracket. The bottom step of the ladder would be parallel to the bumper.

Then the operator checks the stability of the tool and if suitable, climbs the ladder, accesses the van roof.

Then the operator climbs down, reverses the installation proceedure and stores the ladder in the cargo hold.

Is that a better way?


-Jon

EDIT: scratch the bumper mounted receiver. The ladder could have rubber posts on the rails pointed at the door to stop the ladder from swinging towards a point under the roof posts and slamming against the door... the ladder would just rest against the vehicle and gravity would hold it in a perpendicular position, parallel to the vehicle's up/down plane.
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Old 05-12-2007, 05:33 AM   #5
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Default Re: Ladders for Sprinters

Rhino have, it rests on a inner shelf rack above the doors lock down it can't move MB has one ,this can be stored inside the side bay but useless if your van has inbulit shelving, again a rack above the rear cargo doors internally can be set up with lock down straps and rollers for ease of removing the ladder.
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Old 05-12-2007, 06:24 AM   #6
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Rhino have, it rests on a inner shelf rack above the doors lock down it can't move MB has one ,this can be stored inside the side bay but useless if your van has inbulit shelving, again a rack above the rear cargo doors internally can be set up with lock down straps and rollers for ease of removing the ladder.
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Cool. Thanks, Richard! :)
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