Kemberly Atwood RV Ladder Safety Tip

Just a little RV safety tip. If you have an Atwood RV ladder like mine, it uses plastic end caps to hold the metal ladder steps in place. Over time I’ve found they get brittle and begin to crack. Sometimes they split right in half. A big safety issue.

It’s a good idea to inspect them every once in awhile especially after they have been exposed to cold weather. I usually buy a bunch at one time and replace as needed. Also, make sure no screws have rattled loose at the mounting points.

Ladder plastic end cap

Atwood RV ladder

For replacement parts do a search for “kemberly atwood RV ladder parts” or part number “vlprbs”   I usually pick them up at an RV parts dealer. Here is a place selling them online two for $12 -14.80. Ebay may be another source. From my research online I gather the original manufacturer was called Kemberly and was bought out by Atwood.

Kemberly Ladder Rung End Cap

UPDATE Jan 2018

I received an email from a Love Your RV reader that goes by the handle HerveVR. He was kind enough to let me share his ingenious fix for the cracking ladder cap problem.

When reading in the Tips and Mods section about the entitled subject and having the exact same problem with ladder end caps of the ladder on our RV, I want to share with you the solution I have came upon.

After a close look, I found that the root of the problem is the poor design and simply replacing the end caps will just postpone the next issue.
In fact, the step is supported only by the longer screw through the tiniest and weakest part of the plastic cap; this cannot support the weight of a normal person climbing the ladder.
 
So I made square angle supports out of aluminum angle stock (to avoid dielectric corrosion) and fixed them with Pop Rivets.
 
Now, I feel secure to climb the ladder, HerveVR
Atwood Ladder Repair Idea Aluminium Angel Brackets Pop Riveted

Update Feb 2018

Another reader contacted me to let me in on some new information. The ladder end caps have a new design and are available at a reasonable cost.

Hi, Ray. I read your warning about the end caps cracking on the Kemberly/Atwood ladder so I checked mine on my 2010 Cougar, sure enough, three were cracked. I called up Atwood to discuss, the rep told me they sold the “rights”  to the ladder to another company.  I called up the new company and talked about the caps.The end caps were redesigned to one center hole, two outsides holes were eliminated. the countersink on the center hole was also changed to a flat seat for the screw, eliminating the stress that results when the countersunk screw was adjusted too tightly that ended up causing the cracking.

The new design end caps can be purchased for $0.99 ea plus shipping. I bought 14 for a total cost of $27 including shipping, much cheaper than the usual parts stores.
Website for ordering is https://advancedresourcingsales.com/products/cap-step-end
Thanks for your heads up on the cap cracking problem, I really enjoy your blog.
Terry
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