Ladder for pull down bed. Painfull

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  1. Gunner

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    Hi can anyone help We have standard wooden slat type ladder in our hymer 544 gt And it really hurts our feet getting up and down. We love the layout and are fairly fit. But the ladder seem useless. Can anyone suggest a better ladder. Thanks in advance
     
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    We use one like this made by Abru - as long as your layout has enough space to open it up during the night, it stays up on the bed during the day - works perfectly for us.
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    Thanks is it high enough. That my only worry but nice wide steps
     
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    Thing is the bed is high and you need 5 rung ladder to get up and in. But a least once up it's comfy. But. Really bad ladder design. Slippers. Uuummm. I think the dogs might like them more than me. (Dogs love to chew slippers).
     
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    have a carpenter make a replacement ladder with broader rungs using the original to match height and spacing, and of course you could glue on some urethane foam. I used a couple of pieces from a camping roll mat on a ladder in a previous van. this worked very well on the metal ladder with wooden rungs
     
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    I like the Foam idea. I give it a go. Thanks
     
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    Get some foam insulation for 22 mm copper pipe (from a builder's / plumber's merchant or a DIY shed). It is part pre-split so easy to work with and fits neatly over the rungs. Then seal it along the split with duct tape. You may need to replace the foam from time to time but it's cheap and keeps the ladder light in weight without resorting to heavier contraptions.
     
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    @Gunner. That's exactly what I would suggest too. Start simple, and work your way up to something that suits.

    BTW, it sounds that you are getting away lightly.........so far. Ask @ianthebuilder how he gets on with his bed ladder. :LOL:

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    Jock. :)
     
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    We have a B564 and didn't like climbing the ladder, and as it has a single step at the jab door I bought a double step, works as night time stairs to the bed and an easier exit from the van during the day.

    It sits under the table during travel.
     
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    Have you thought about stennah stair lift?
     
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    We cut a set of alloy steps up ,cut the hoop off the top and fitted the hooks to it .made life much easier on the feet
     
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    Helmet optional:)
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    I have found that if the ball of the foot just back from the toes is placed on the ladder it's fine, but if the sole/arch is used it's painful. Try adjusting your step.
     
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    This works well but I recommend double sided tape inside the foam tube as well to stick it to the rungs. Otherwise, depending on the style of the rungs, the foam can spin round the rung causing you to face plant into the ladder. This is the voice of experience.:(
     
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    I cut up a foam yoga mat, glued it to the top step and wrapped it around a few times, a cable tie each end, with the join under the slat, works very well
     
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    Hi thanks for the many suggestions. I'm going with the personal rocket pack for the wife. But I'll struggle along with foam padded steps. For me. Always seems obvious after. Thanks folks.
     
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    The abru steps we have are brilliant. Very sturdy and just the right height. The arch frame at the top gives you something solid to hold onto when climbing out in the middle of the night. Much safer than trying to negotiate the ladder, when half asleep, with nothing to hold onto.
     
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    We went with pipe insulation and held in place tastefully with gaffa tape !
     
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    On ours I cut some carpet and tie wrapped then onto the treads. Works a treat.(y)
     
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