Vanagon – a ladder, not a tire carrier

Someone I know needs to be able to get to roof top carrier. She’s been humming and hawing about the options available. The RMW ladder that fixes to the jack points wasn’t that appealing. I made this today and if she doesn’t like it I’ll keep it. It actually works.

It folds up, pieces are connected with bungee cords just like tent poles. Fits into luggage rack on Westy.


Hooks onto gutter.

  1. #1 by Peter Cook on May 19, 2016 - 10:53 am

    I bought a 4-ft folding aluminium ladder for my climbing-challenged friend to reach the upper bunk. It works fine for that purpose, and is also good for reaching the roof. The space it takes up – on the floor – when travelling is a nuisance. I’ll check to see if it fits in the luggage rack.

    • #2 by albell on May 19, 2016 - 11:34 am

      Hey Peter,

      Yeah, a folding ladder was what I was suggesting to her. Even one of those telescoping ladders. But she hadnt got around to getting one, so I gave making one a go.



  2. #3 by Nathan Ryobi Daigle on June 10, 2016 - 3:41 pm

    Nice. It’s probably easier and and cleaner to take this one out of the luggage rack and mount it to van, than getting on your hands and knees to pull the pin on the RMW ladder jack point mounted ladder.

  3. #4 by Roy on July 30, 2016 - 2:44 pm


    If the big step on the bottom was a section unto itself which could be inserted as needed, would the remaining ladder be about the right length to hook into the gutter on the inside? I know a 5-year old who would be all for that idea …. and a 50yr old who wouldn’t mind a ladder, from time to time, while rummage around in the luggage box.

    • #5 by albell on August 1, 2016 - 6:59 pm


      Splain me more, I’m not sure I understand. A ladder for the bunk?



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