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Roof rack - side mount ladder?

Postby mark_A » Wed May 20, 2020 9:00 am

Hi all.

I spent the weekend making a roof rack for my SWB Transit conversion (I'll post pics when done!). I'd like to fabricate a permanent ladder for access, and was planning on putting one on the side of the van to leave the rear free for a bike rack.I'd be mounting it OS above the rear wheel. I can't find much info on this being done in this country though and I'm not sure about the law on it. I'd love to hear some thoughts! Good idea or not? I'll go for a standard rear-mount ladder if it's not sensible.

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Re: Roof rack - side mount ladder?

Postby Joe in Oz » Wed May 20, 2020 2:48 pm

Which country are you referring to?
In THIS country, Australia, my country, it is permitted if it is built so it can't catch pedestrians and is closer to the body than the rear view mirrors.
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Re: Roof rack - side mount ladder?

Postby mark_A » Wed May 20, 2020 6:05 pm

Sorry - should have been clearer that I meant the UK.

I reckon I would get away with it, but on reflection I think I might well go for the rear door after all - not least to keep the fuel mileage looking a bit healthier.

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Re: Roof rack - side mount ladder?

Postby dirtydog » Thu May 21, 2020 1:57 pm

I can’t see there being any issues legally with it on the o/s, surely can’t be much different to a glaziers van with the glass rack on the side.


I have seen one van with a side mounted ladder and that was mounted on the n/s
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Re: Roof rack - side mount ladder?

Postby TonyMaca69 » Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:16 am

Hi mate did you eventually find the answer regarding side mounted ladder on your van , is it actually legal ?

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Re: Roof rack - side mount ladder?

Postby 4x4 tranny » Thu May 13, 2021 7:28 am

Hi I'm in Australia and made this ladder for my van, its removable so can put it any where on either side if needed. Made it like this, so can get to roof pods, also to clean solar panels
hope this helps if you need more detail be happy to help
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Re: Roof rack - side mount ladder?

Postby MinorMatt » Tue May 18, 2021 9:46 am

I'm not aware of anything legal why you shouldn't have a ladder on the side in the UK. You will have to make it without sharp edges though!
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Re: Roof rack - side mount ladder?

Postby Stromin » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:38 am

mark_A wrote:Hi all.

I spent the weekend making a roof rack for my SWB Transit conversion (I'll post pics when done!). I'd like to fabricate a permanent ladder for access, and was planning on putting one on the side of the van to leave the rear free for a bike rack.I'd be mounting it OS above the rear wheel. I can't find much info on this being done in this country though and I'm not sure about the law on it. I'd love to hear some thoughts! Good idea or not? I'll go for a standard rear-mount ladder if it's not sensible.

Thanks!


I'm just considering this at the moment for my L4H3, liking the US Aluminess https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/294774738087001982 version, how did you get on with yours in the end?
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