Hang It Up
Installing the mounting system is simple, with the only caveat to make sure you don’t cover the tail/brake light when it is loaded with chairs or the tank. The arms are specific to left and right positioning to accommodate the proper swing from the ladder rungs and are mounted with brackets that attach to the tubes that comprise the latter structure and serve as handrails. The entire job takes about 30 minutes if you have someone who can help hold the arms while you tighten the fasteners. An Allen wrench is provided, but a ratchet and appropriate socket, along with a backing wrench on the nut, work better. At that, the angles to reach the bolt heads may compromise a clear shot for tightening, which will require some maneuvering.
The chairs hardly move while on the road and are easy to retrieve when setting up your patio in camp. If you take the tote, you’ll have to find another place for the folding chairs — or go to bag chairs.
This ladder mount can be found easily on the Internet and, last we checked, it was available at Camping World for less than $70. Having struggled with finding storage space for oversized equipment in the past, we found the convenience of having the Thetford ladder mount to be worth every penny.