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10X10 Mod Tournament 1: Medium Mods

Ladder To Overcab screws

I purchased one piece of kiln-dried white oak (5.5-inches) and made a ladder.  I counter sunk 2-inch deck screws at each end of each step.  Before adding the finish, I cut and glued support pieces under each end of each step.

Ladder To Overcab support piece

Since our camper has a large slide that comes in next to the bed area, the ladder could not be permanently attached.  From the same piece of white oak, I cut a brace 1.5-inches wide and 2 inches longer than the opening to the bed.  When installing it, I put one end of the brace (which is attached to the ladder with two inch screws) on the right side between the mattress and the wall.

Ladder To Overcab brace

Then I swing the ladder up and into the area on the other end, pull it down, and press it down to the step-up area.  A slight bevel on the ladder is necessary, and will be determined by the distance to the brace.  This might be different for different manufacturers.  When we are ready to close up, we remove the ladder and stow it on top of the mattress.

We have been pleased with the ladder.  It gives us several steps to the bed area, instead of one step and some old muscles.

It took me two hours to complete this modification and cost me $12.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.

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