The NEW Owl Ladder + Tire Carrier for Sprinter vans is the seamless integration of two great products into one rack. No longer do you need to mount a separate ladder off the side of the van, dragging in the wind. Or maybe you want two ladders for two people to load large items on the roof. Regardless of your need, the Ladder + Tire Carrier is a simple all in one solution. The Owl Ladder + Tire Carrier installs in minutes. Access your roof easily and get your spare tire out from under the van.
There are two types of hinges on the new 2019+ Sprinter, 180˚ and 270˚. Only the 180˚ hinges have holes to mount our carriers from the factory. If you have 270˚ hinges, you will need to select 180° hinges from the drop-down menu below. We sell these at our wholesale cost and powder coat them black to match Owl Carriers. REVELs and Storyteller Vans have 180˚ hinges.
- Works with hinges on REVEL and Storyteller
- Fits Sprinter VS30 (2019 to Present)
- Does not interfere with Parking Assist sensors on most vans
- Comes ready for a tire or a box (there are box mounting tabs welded to the tire hoop for a flexible setup).
- Requires 180˚ hinges (See hinge info below) selecting 270˚ hinges below will add to your order the Factory Mercedes Benz Hinge Replacement kit.
- Additional footpegs on side tube (see images)
- Spin-on tire holder with locking option
- Adjust for different wheel/tire sizes (over 33" could require trimming of MB badge)
- Installs in 15-20 minutes.
- Opens with the door (nothing to swing out of the way or bumpers to buy)
- Compatible with vans with rear windshield wipers
- No need to relocate the license plate
- No need to remove or swap out the Mercedes badge
Product requires drilling a single hole in the door. Template included.
Works for 2500 & 3500. If you have a 3500, you need an extra part, please state that you have a 3500 in the order notes when ordering so we can make sure to add the extra plate.
NOTE: Adding Hinges includes a $100 Labor Cost
INSTALLATION IS $300 AT THE FACILITY
Lead Time: (6-8) weeks to ship. This is an estimate and stock levels can change quickly
What Type Of Hinges Do I Have?
There are two types of hinges that come on the VS30 MB Sprinter (2019+) vans, 180˚ and 270˚. Owl carriers require the 180˚ hinges or a set of our modified 270˚ hinges (sold separately). All Winnebago REVELs have 180˚ hinges. To figure out what type of hinges you have there are a few easy options:
Look at the below image. If you have holes in your hinges then you have the 180˚ hinges (top in the image).
If your doors open all the way and fold flat along the side of the van you have the 270˚ hinges.
Owl Ladder + Tire Carrier Design Walk-Through:
The design goal with the Ladder + Tire Carrier was to create a simple, rugged yet elegant solution to solve the need for both a spare tire and a ladder to access the roof. By combining the two, Owl is able to save weight, cost and space.
The Ladder + Tire carrier constructed of mandrel bent 2” aluminum tube, all meticulously TIG welded together by Owl’s Master welders. The Ladder + Tire Carrier is one of the most time-consuming products we build with the main structure consisting of over 20’ of bent tubing and 10+ welds.
Aluminum is ideal for its lightweight and anti-corrosive properties. However, for strength and durability, steel is king. This is why Owl combines a main structure of TIG welded aluminum with a bottom support hoop made of MIG welded steel. The result is a super-strong, yet lightweight solution that will stand up to years of off-road abuse.
The Ladder + Tire carrier was designed for ease of use from the beginning. Footpegs extend low below the tire to make climbing easy. The tire is situated as low as possible (without blocking the license plate) so that one person can easily get the tire on/off without assistance. A steel support hoop adds strength and carrier the weight of the tire while being secured (tightening the spin-on handle). A spin-on tire handle allows access to the spare tire in seconds without tools.
Side Ladder vs Rear Ladder:
Many people ask why Owl doesn’t make a side ladder. Owl’s goal is to create the best possible solution to a need and not just “sell more” stuff to customers. Side ladders hang out in the wind causing both noise and drag (lowering MPG). Worst of all, side ladders can limit where you can take your van. Many trails, campsites, or even driveways are often too narrow to fit a van with a side-mounted ladder. We see many vans at Owl with bent side ladders. A bent side ladder not only damages the ladder but often causes extensive body damage to the rocker panels and pinch welds where the ladder connects to the vehicle.
We design all of our products to be easily installed by either the customer or professional. No professional tools or experience are needed to install Owl products. If you have a basic set of tools and are willing to try something new, you should be able to install most of our products in under an hour.
Even if you don’t know what departure angle is, you have experienced it. Ever scrapped your trailer hitch while going in and out of a steep driveway? That’s because that trailer hitch limits your ability to climb a steep angle the same way a bumper-mounted swing out system does. Owl carriers keep all of your gear up high away from water, road debris, and most importantly, don’t limit your vans off-roading capabilities.
EXPEDITION HANDLE FOR LADDER + TIRE CARRIER (FOR ROTOPAX CONTAINERS)