10-Minute Tech: Ladder Lodging

Under-RV folding ladder storage system

I made a storage tube for my 25-pound, 7-foot double-rung folding ladder out of a 5-by-5-by-96-inch plastic fence post with caps on each end. The storage tube is attached to the underside of the trailer via 3/8-by-6-by-7-inch square U-bolts using nylock nuts on either side of the trailer’s frame. I cut the tube so it is 6 inches longer than the ladder when folded up. One end of the tube is sealed off with a fence-post cap using PVC glue and screws. At the other end, I riveted on a fence-post cap with a stainless hinge and hasp for easy access to the ladder.

To keep the ladder from sliding around inside the tube and hitting the end caps while underway, I drilled two holes at each end and added bolts that run horizontally. I cut the threaded end off two ½-by-8-inch hex bolts to make them ½-inch longer than the width of the post. I put flat washers on each side of both bolts, run the bolts through the holes and use hairpin clips to keep the bolts from sliding out.

Tim O’Hara | Wichita Falls, Texas

Three photos of hinge on RV ladder storage.
In reply to David G.’s request (in the Comments field below), Tim O’Hara provided three photos that show the hinge in its open and closed positions.

Editor’s note: These folding ladders can be found at rvupgradestore.com, Camping World and Amazon.


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    • Tim O’Hara suggested going to RVUpgrades.com for the ladder and accessory shelf. “Tell John to order the GP Logistics RDT red top accessory shelf if buying a double-sided ladder,” he said.

  1. Can you provide a picture of how the hinge is attached (open) to the opening end and what it looks like when it is closed? It’s hard for me to follow the description.

  2. Where do I find the material to make this? What is the exact tube material and size? I already have the 7-foot ladder but need a better storage place. Thank you.

    • Tim O’Hara replies: Veranda 5″x5″x8′ white vinyl fence post (part number 202084745), Veranda 5″x5″ white pyramid post caps (part number 202882811), stainless hinge, stainless hasp and stainless rivets.


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