Sunday, January 29, 2023


Does your RV have a permanent ladder to the roof?

Not all RVs come with ladders leading up to the roof, so if you have one, consider yourself lucky! It makes things easier when you have one that’s permanently attached (plus it is space-saving!).

On your current RV, is there a permanent ladder attached that leads up to the roof? Please tell us in the poll below. Thanks!


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Jim Prideaux
1 year ago

I have one but finding myself using the extension ladder stored in the garage more often than not. For one thing it is more steady and the rungs are larger and more comfortable. I’m up there mostly to put the cover on or take the cover off. Have never had need to access the roof while traveling. Whenever I get on the RV ladder a photo of one that pulled off when the owner was climbing (probably saw that here) always comes to mind.

Christopher Struthers
1 year ago

Yes I have a permanent ladder affixed to my Classs C RV.
I also have a painted piece of plywood I can hook over the lower rungs (when parked) to keep small children from climbing.

Roy Davis
1 year ago

I don’t have one nor do I want one. First of all they all have a minimal weight limit. It also gives others access to the roof. I think they look tacky. When ever I see one going down the road with stuff hanging on them, I think of the Beverly Hillbillies.

Last edited 1 year ago by Roy Davis
Mark W
1 year ago

You shouldn’t be be climbing up on Class B Sprinter.. it’s dangerous… you can slip and fall off…. that’s why there’s no ladder……. it’s a metal roof….. just like a car

Rana M Murzda
1 year ago

I don’t see how the ladder on outside is space saving. You still have the part that is removable that must be stored and attached to access the permanent part of the ladder. When an rv comes without a ladder it seems it comes with a ladder that folds and is more easily storable. At least the last rv show I went to had a collapsible ladder in the closet with the rv.

Raymond Clark
1 year ago

I use mine a lot to tilt the solar panels and 2 years ago I had to replace it because of a low hanging limb 🙁
There is a Torque trailer next to me with a folding side ladder which I’ve never seen before.

1 year ago

Removed it. Not sure why but it seemed to invite people who were not me to climb on top of my rig. I replaced it with a ladder that folds into one of the storage spaces.

Andy Louie
1 year ago

I attach a bike carrier to the ladder, so I can use the hitch. SAFETY TIP, when I climb up the ladder to the roof, I wear a bike helmet just in case.

1 year ago

Yes, use it for roof checks and cleaning as well as a separate step stool to reach bottom ring.

1 year ago

Permanent ladders on all three of our RV’s, starting with 1975 GMC Motorhome. Have used them on a regular basis. At home, we have 2 Little Giants.

1 year ago
Reply to  tom

I have the same set up so I said yes since it is permanently attached at the top regardless of how you reach that portion.

1 year ago

I said no because I own a Winnebago Journey and half the ladder is permanent the other half is stored in the basement. Since I began carrying a little giant ladder we no longer carry the lower half. We use the little giant to reach the top half of the ladder

Neal Davis
1 year ago

Although permanent, the bottom of the ladder ends several feet above the ground. When we use it we remove the lower half of the ladder from the storage bay where we keep it. I suppose only attaching the top half of the ladder enhances the security of our RV. We soon will buy our second RV and it lacks a ladder. We plan to buy one and keep it in one of the storage bays.

Last edited 1 year ago by Neal Davis
Michael Galvin, PhD
1 year ago

Yes, but why is the first step so high off the ground?!

1 year ago

Yes. I avoid climbing it (I’m 81) but it’s handy to lash my extending antenna pole to, and my portable solar panels.

1 year ago
Reply to  Gray

I’m with you on this one! I’m also 81, and no way I’m trusting the ladder (or me). Only use I have for it is to mount my Flag buddy mount to it!

Phil Atterbery
1 year ago

Yes, we have one. It’s very convenient for our local mobile RV technician. I, however, have been banned from going up there by my copilot. She’s all about pilot safety.

Last edited 1 year ago by Phil Atterbery
Dale M
1 year ago
Reply to  Phil Atterbery

Yes and I use it all the time to clean my solar panels.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
1 year ago

Some DP coaches like ours have only the top half of the rear ladder permanently attached to the coach. The bottom half is stored in a basement compartment and easily hooks onto the bottom of the top half when using.

Frank Heim
1 year ago

Trick question? Half of mine is permanent and the other half isn’t.

1 year ago

Our 2006 class A did , but our 2018 class A does not. I bought a Uline 12 foot rolling ladder with a 20’ inch platform for our RV garage so my husband can get on top, clean windows, do repairs. It really comes in handy and very safe.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

My old MH has one but I took the roof rack off and don’t use it anymore. Maybe I’ll remove it someday.

Bob Palin
1 year ago

I have two trailers, one does, one doesn’t…

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