The RV Industry Association’s Standards Department is pleased to announce the 2019 edition of the ANSI/RVIA EXTLAD-1 Recommended Practice Laboratory Test Procedures for Exterior Ladders on Recreational Vehicles.

These test procedures provide minimum safety criteria through uniform testing of exterior ladders by the ladder manufacturers and the RV manufacturers for exterior ladders as installed and used on RVs.

One of the objectives of this standard is to better ensure a safe and secure environment and promote safety among manufacturers and consumers. Without education and continuous innovation in planning and product design, we are potentially leaving the well-being of our end users at risk.

So, what’s the first step in broadening your exterior ladder safety awareness? Purchasing your very own copy of the ANSI/RVIA EXTLAD-1The purpose of this recommended practice, of laboratory test procedures, shall provide minimum safety criteria, through uniform testing, of exterior ladders by the ladder manufacturers and by recreational vehicle manufacturers for exterior ladders as installed and used on recreational vehicles. The recommended practice shall be applied to all new unused exterior ladders for recreational vehicles that have not been in use or have been subjected to prior damage, misuse, or abuse. This recommended practice shall be applied to the manufacturer of the exterior ladders and their attachment on recreational vehicles.This recommended practice is not intended for use as a design specification or as an instruction manual.

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This edition, originally issued in April 2019, has since been revised after discovering technical errors within section 1.1.2 in terms of durations for testing as well as section 4.3 and Figure 3 which deals with the rung torque test. These revisions were submitted to ANSI for the Board Standard Review (BSR) to rescind the February 2019 approval of the current 2019 edition of the ANSI/RVIA EXTLAD-1 Recommended Practice Laboratory Test Procedures for Exterior Ladders on RVs. ANSI BSR rescinded this recommended practice on May 17, 2019. The RV Industry Association, as the ANSI Standards Developer (ASD) proceeded to re-open this recommended practice for a limited review in order to process the technical errors in sections 1.1.2, 4.3 and Figure 3. The RV Industry Association ANSI accredited Administrative Canvass Procedures were implemented, and the Canvass was balloted, and public review was processed through the ANSI Weekly Standards Action. The Association received notification on Final Action that the Board of Standard Review approved this ANSI/RVIA EXTLAD-1-2019 Recommended Practice Laboratory Test Procedures for Exterior Ladders on Recreational Vehicles (new standard) on July 19, 2019.

Click here to get your copy of 2019 edition of the ANSI/RVIA EXTLAD-1 Recommended Practice Laboratory Test Procedures for Exterior Ladders on Recreational Vehicles, today!

If you ordered a February 2019 edition of the standard, we will gladly send you the revised July 2019 edition free of charge. For more information or assistance in getting your revised copy, contact Standards Specialist John-Vincent Nichols at [email protected].

For all store related inquiries, please contact the Senior Accounting Assistant Kevin Smith at [email protected].