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Tripod ladder transport

Hi all, i've recently bought myself a set of 10ft tripod ladders (so much sturdier than my previous steps!!) what i want to know is how you all are securing them to your roof bars? I have a set of ladder clamps which are great for normal step ladders; however i cant decide the best way to secure these tripod ones, as the clamps arent wide enough, especially near the base, as its not far off as wide as my vehicle!! I do have straps which i have used once so far, but the clamps for me put my mind at rest as they feel so much more secure. Anyone know of anything specifically designed for these ladders or any suggestions i would greatly appreciate it. Thanks. 

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  • PRO

    I use 2 small ratchet straps on mine length ways and also a couple of cam style straps laterally, and when needing more security I lock them on with a decent bike lock. Seems to work best for me like this. Tried ladder clamps myself and they didnt work well enough and tying them on was a pain in the backside!

  • PRO

    go lengthways with the ladder clamps.. far too

    wide if you go width ways.

    • I was going to suggest that too Allen, put the clamps along the rungs of the ladder, rather than the ladder frame. 

  • PRO

    I just use cam straps 2 each side top and bottom and the ladder never moves.

    • PRO

      I bought the cam straps Dave Colton recommended a while back on Amazon . 

      They keep a henchman very secure and save time fiddling about with the ladder clamps , I can be over cautious when it comes to safety but they give me complete peace of mind . I think they cost £6 for two inc postage .  sorry i dont have the link .

  • Cheers for the replies!

    Gotta few ideas to try now. May go with a combination of straps and clamps 

  • I too have a 10ft Henchman tripod ladder. I carry it on my VW Transporter with Rhino roofbars. I use two loadstops at the front, positioned centrally to hug the top of the ladder, and two loadstops at the rear to hug the bottom end of the ladder. This deals with lateral movement and stops the ladder moving forwards in the event of heavy braking.  I then use two camstraps to hold the ladder to the roof bars. I have a rear roller which makes loading very easy. This works well for me. I have some Rhino ladder clamps but I cant get them to work with the tripod ladder. For security I use a bike lock. 

  • What van are you using?

    • Currently using a Corsavan, but hopefully upgrading to a Transit custom later on this year, depending on funds!! Not got the most ideal vehicle for carrying such ladders i know.

  • Why not get the clamps modified? Instead of short bar get it extended. Local metal fab place would do it in no time

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