Made of steel, with a 400-lb capacity, the Deckmate ladder weighs just 20 lb and offers drivers easy access to loads, easier tarping or even putting on a side kit, while reducing the risk of on-the-job mishaps.

Recent changes include the addition of two pockets on the right side of the ladder. The bottom pocket holds a handle which is intended to be inserted into the top pocket which will give the driver extra leverage.

At 18 in. wide, it extends to 53 in. yet folds away to a neat 33 in. and hangs at a convenient working angle.

The unique hinge design is said to prevent pinching fingers and clothes. The ladder also features powder-coated paint, anti-skid steps and rubber stoppers to avoid chipping and pinching.

On flatbed trailers, the Deckmate hooks to the rub-rails and the maker says it will not slide, tip or blow over in the wind. For vans, straight trucks & dump trucks without rub-rails, a bolt-on bracket is provided that does not affect doors or deck plates.

Cost is $295 with free shipping in Canada and the U.S.

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