I have an RTT on-order and I’m debating which ladder solution to go with. I’m curious what other folks think about the two options. I have a small dog I’ll be carrying up to the tent, so more stable is better. Here are the pros/cons I’ve come up with.
Collapsible Ladder Pros:
Allows access to the tent when the rear hatch is open (I have a drawer system and cook out the back, so the hatch is open often)
Cheaper than most hatch ladders
One less thing to rust/tarnish being on the back of the truck in the winter
It looks like it could be easier to get on and off of because it reaches all the way to the lip, so there’s not a gap that has to be cleared.
Collapsible Ladder Cons:
Needs to be stored somewhere in the truck
Needs to be extended during setup, collapsed during tear down
Takes up accessory space along the extrusion
Rungs can be uncomfortable with bare feet
Hatch Ladder Pros:
Always setup, doesn’t take up trunk space
Round rungs might be easier on bare feet?
Hatch Ladder Cons:
3M tape residue, possible marring if you ever wanted to take it off
None of the designs look like they use very sophisticated mechanical or aesthetic design (big bolts sticking out, bare hardware on black powder coat, sharp edges)
Anyone have experience with both?