Go Back   Montana Owners Club - Keystone Montana 5th Wheel Forum > MOC on M.A.R.S. > Repairs & Service
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-12-2013, 04:36 AM   #1
timandsusan
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,173
M.O.C. #5165
Tightening Ladder Bolts

Looks like some of the bolts holding my rear ladder to the roof are loose--it looks like I will have to remove the bolts holding the ladder to the RV to get access to the bolts that tighten the ladder joints (where the steps meet the vertical supports). Any one done this one?
timandsusan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 04:42 AM   #2
washley1
Montana Master
 
washley1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Land O Lakes
Posts: 932
M.O.C. #9053
Yeah, I thought long and hard and took it to my dealer and let them do it!
__________________
Walt and Carol Ashley, with fond memories of Bailey the Chesapeake! Land O Lakes, FL
2009 Big Sky 365REQ 10th Anniversary Edition
2008 Ford F350 King Ranch Super Duty
washley1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 05:18 AM   #3
Irlpguy
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Chilliwack
Posts: 1,519
M.O.C. #12935
Depending on how many are loose it is not that big a job. I recall 4 screws attach the bracket to the RV and one screw through the ladder rail. I had several that were loose from the factory and with a battery operated nut driver it did not take long.

I replaced the caulking and you will likely need to replace it at the RV as well, and be careful you don't over tighten those screws as they only go into the fiberglass cap.

Certainly not a job I would haul my RV to the dealer for.
Irlpguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 05:25 AM   #4
hunts800
Montana Fan
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: stockton
Posts: 405
M.O.C. #11457
On mine, several of the expandable nuts the bolts go into disintegrated. Replaced entire ladder under extended warranty. I believe my error was tying my Lab on a 12 foot lead to the mlladder when sitting outside, and the sideways force to the ladder when the dog would bounce around when a pup. Don't do that anymore, no more problems.
__________________
2014 Montana Mountaineer 331 RLT. Winneguard SWM Traveler Satellite Antenna, Progressive 50 amp portable EMS, 6 point Level Up.. 2016 Chevy 3500 Duramax Dually, long bed, B&W Patriot hitch.
hunts800 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 05:31 AM   #5
1retired06
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Lake Gaston
Posts: 7,761
M.O.C. #12156
Those ladders are fairly flimsey. I alway lean my telescoptic ladder against it and use that to get to the roof.
__________________
Mike and Lorraine
2002 3655 FL, 2005 3650RK
2010 3665RE, 2015 3910FB
F350 crew cab dually 6.7
1retired06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 06:03 AM   #6
bigskyjimmy
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Washington Coast
Posts: 2,688
M.O.C. #10696
Yep,I was always nervous about the ladder because I weigh 230 so just to be sure I checked them and a few were loose not bad but I cinched them down tight, all good now been up there many times with no problems.....YET but I always have a KUNG FU grip on each rung when I go up
__________________
[
bigskyjimmy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 10:50 AM   #7
ols1932
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Cedar Rapids
Posts: 4,876
M.O.C. #1944
When mine came loose I was unable to get them to retighten so I opted to have the entire ladder repaired by D & T RV Repair in Goshen, IN in 2006 and it has been solid ever since.

Orv
ols1932 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 02:45 PM   #8
DQDick
Montana Master
 
DQDick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Wilsey
Posts: 16,456
M.O.C. #11455
Since I weigh 250# and have feet too big to comfortably use it anyway, my ladder just holds my real ladder and I've never used it, after my first try, to access anything.
__________________
Dick, Joyce, Diego, Picatso and Gustav
2017 3720 RL, MorRyde pin box
2017 3500 Dodge Maxi Cab DRW 4X4, Pullrite Hitch
IS, Disk Brakes, 3rd AC, Bathroom door mod, DM 320 etc.
DQDick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2013, 02:28 PM   #9
timandsusan
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,173
M.O.C. #5165
I will take the electric drill approach and tighten slowly! Also caulk. I am more concerned that my strapped on ladder will go bouncing down the road when the RV ladder fails! My climbing skills on ladders was honed on climbing the masts of US Navy Cruiser and Frigates for the antennas that my company made and we installed on the top of the mast. Always have 3 firms points before moving the last firm hold or step to the next one.
timandsusan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2013, 05:33 AM   #10
Exnavydiver
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Land O Lakes
Posts: 2,739
M.O.C. #7753
Send a message via AIM to Exnavydiver Send a message via MSN to Exnavydiver Send a message via Yahoo to Exnavydiver
I would use a hand screw driver to reinstall the screws, so many of the screws on our rig were stripped during the build because they got aggressive with the drill.
Exnavydiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
U-Bolts again capn chris Maintenance 5 09-28-2015 04:38 PM
'U' bolts again psomers Maintenance 20 11-17-2012 05:48 AM
Something funny about U-bolt tightening... Art-n-Marge Maintenance 18 09-04-2010 04:48 AM
U-Bolts again! jjackflash Montana Problems, Problem Solving & Technical Help 30 11-20-2009 12:29 PM
Bike Rack+Ladder+RRxing= broken ladder bolts Exnavydiver Repairs & Service 10 07-31-2009 04:24 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Montana RV, Keystone RV Company or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.