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Old 11-15-2018, 09:00 PM   #1
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Another Ladder for my AI - GP Logistics SLDD5 Ladder

Another Ladder for my AI - GP Logistics SLDD5 Ladder

I had posted a thread/review of my Telesteps Combi 14ES stepladder. While I truly enjoy using that ladder, I have found my needs does not require having that with me all the time. I am using it a lot for house use and washing the AI at home. But it takes a lot of room and weight in AI. So far, I really only use a ladder away from homebase for cleaning windows, cleaning above awning, and never really to get up to climb to the rooftop. I have always carried a short step ladder behind couch. That one I always use. But it still takes lots of room. Until now that I have discovered the Telesteps Stik. Problem is Telesteps Stik Double Sided only comes in 6 & 7 ft. They do not offer a 5 ft. version. GP Logistics has a 5 ft. Double Sided. So why is this important? Check out my pics. Observe how it fits like a glove behind couch nestled & secured by the flip down wing support and couch metal framing. There is absolutely no wiggle room in that space. One would think it was tailor made specifically for this small space.
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Ok... That is really cool. What is the "Karpo" thing on the bottom?

I also bought the telescoping ladder and was just looking at that because it does take up space (under couch).

I really like your set up for the back. That really seems to maximize the space.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:20 PM   #3
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Ok... That is really cool. What is the "Karpo" thing on the bottom?

I also bought the telescoping ladder and was just looking at that because it does take up space (under couch).

I really like your set up for the back. That really seems to maximize the space.
TOBBUN - Amazed you read that upside down. I own the thing and I couldn't read it. The Karpo is the brand of the 4ft level I use at home. It comes with that case. So I keep the metal yard stick, telescoping pole, a golf umbrella, and broom stick pole inside (coz I disconnect the broom head just for ease of storage). Amazing it holds those things, nice and snug, no rattling.

Thank you. Yes, the mid-shelf helps organize & maximize the rear without needing to remove stuff on top when removing containers down at bottom . It has worked well for 8 months now, so I know it fits our usage well.
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Another Ladder for my AI - GP Logistics SLDD5 Ladder
I used to have one of these, but got rid of it in favor of the Telesteps because the GP Logistics ladder only had a listed 225lb capacity and at the time I weighed more than that. Even today, while I weigh less than 225, by the time you add my clothing (and whatever tools I'm using) to my weight, I still go over 225. The GP Logistics ladder felt rickety whenever I was standing on it.


Also, the lack of a top rail means that you have to keep one more step down from the top step, so you can't climb as high on the GP Logisitics ladder as you can on a comparable 5ft stepladder with a top rail.
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:28 PM   #5
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I used to have one of these, but got rid of it in favor of the Telesteps because the GP Logistics ladder only had a listed 225lb capacity and at the time I weighed more than that. Even today, while I weigh less than 225, by the time you add my clothing (and whatever tools I'm using) to my weight, I still go over 225. The GP Logistics ladder felt rickety whenever I was standing on it.


Also, the lack of a top rail means that you have to keep one more step down from the top step, so you can't climb as high on the GP Logisitics ladder as you can on a comparable 5ft stepladder with a top rail.
PROTAGONIST - Yep, I agree. Telesteps is higher rated at 250lbs. I would not recommend this GP Logistics if weighing even close to 200lbs. Its 225lbs. lower rating works for me as I am only 145lbs. It is not rickety at all, but at 3 steps up, I did not expect it to be. I did mention I would've preferred the Telesteps Stik, but the 5ft. Double Sided version does not still exist in their offerings. The 6 or 7 ft. Double Sided versions are too long to fit the width of rear couch. The Stik does have a 5ft. Single Sided but I did not want a Single Sided version. That is more rickety regardless of make or size. This replaces the typical Rubbermaid 3-step stool I carry, so more than adequate to do the job for my weight with very little space I had to give up. This kind below, pic. It folds flat, but still takes more space to store than this 4"×4"
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Can anyone recommend a ladder or similar supportive device that could be used for safely accessing the Interstate's forehead? I'm sick of doing a half-butted job of cleaning and waxing that part of the rig because I simply can't reach it.

Does not have to be portable.

And BTW, every time someone starts discussing ladders, I get a Joan Armatrading ear worm. I guess I'm lucky.

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Can anyone recommend a ladder or similar supportive device that could be used for safely accessing the Interstate's forehead? I'm sick of doing a half-butted job of cleaning and waxing that part of the rig because I simply can't reach it.

Does not have to be portable.
My Corps of Engineers fall protection training says that the safest way to work at a height is to work from the ground instead. So my recommendation would be to use a squeegee/sponge with a long handle for washing while standing on the ground in front of the van (I have one for cleaning the windshield, but I suppose it could be used on the painted area over the windshield, too). Or, better, a pressure washer with a long wand that will reach that high, that can be used to soap, rinse, and spray-wax the area above the windshield.
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Can anyone recommend a ladder or similar supportive device that could be used for safely accessing the Interstate's forehead? I'm sick of doing a half-butted job of cleaning and waxing that part of the rig because I simply can't reach it.

Does not have to be portable.

And BTW, every time someone starts discussing ladders, I get a Joan Armatrading ear worm. I guess I'm lucky.

INTERBLOG - I have used this through the years. Because I am very short, I have always needed something to reach the middle top of my trucks, and gosh the AI is worse Glad I did not buy the 4x4. I used to stand on top of front tire, but it is not flat and it kind of dicey. This is made for big rig trucks with 215-295 size tires (10-11.5" tread width). With the Sprinter, I had to purchase the 215 size tire adapter (8.75-10" tread width). It makes stepping on top of tire better for me. But, it still considered a ladder, so it will not be a safe method of access per Corps of Engineers. I have the long adjustable pole too, but it so hard to press my Windex bottle sprayer using from the top of pole.
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Still too short. My 6' 1.5" husband (6' 2" prior to back surgery) can only reach to the top of the windshield using either the tire or the toe holds in the T1N's bumper trim. I'm talking about the area above the windshield. It takes a tremendous beating with insects, rain, road debris, etc. I could use a pole-mounted device for washing, but proper waxing requires hand application and buffing.

I can use a step ladder placed to the side, but I have to reach across in a way that's not entirely safe. This is an issue I've never resolved to my satisfaction. I cannot reach it safely from the roof, and I cannot reach it safely from the ground, due to the slope of the front of the van.
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Alex,
Great minds think alike. I went with the TeleSteps Type1 single sided option because I needed the 250lb rating.

Today is my "wax the upper 18 inches" day.

I find I can even use the safe step to crudely clean my solar panels. I stand at a safe height and operate my telescoping handle and sopping wet wash pad to wipe them down. I can't see what I'm doing but I can feel the edges as I wash them.

IB: To wax the AI "forehead" I borrow a Little Giant 17ft step ladder. I lower the cab windows and put one foot on the window sill and one foot (with most of my weight) on a ladder rung. This allows me to (relatively) safely get to the middle of the "brow".
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One of these would be very handy and would break down for storage, and also be good for other uses around the home (drywall, painting, ceiling work, etc.) But this one is only 6 feet wide; the Interstate is about 7 feet wide.

Slip it over the nose, anchor in place (strap to the tires), and work on the forehead that way.

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Still too short. My 6' 1.5" husband (6' 2" prior to back surgery) can only reach to the top of the windshield using either the tire or the toe holds in the T1N's bumper trim. I'm talking about the area above the windshield. It takes a tremendous beating with insects, rain, road debris, etc. I could use a pole-mounted device for washing, but proper waxing requires hand application and buffing.

I can use a step ladder placed to the side, but I have to reach across in a way that's not entirely safe. This is an issue I've never resolved to my satisfaction. I cannot reach it safely from the roof, and I cannot reach it safely from the ground, due to the slope of the front of the van.
INTERBLOG - Oh, gotcha. That the area I call "What a PITA" . Ughh, I have no choice but to use the Telesteps Combi 14ES to get there. And being only 5' 4" , even that is a stretch (pun intended too). That rolling scaffold should work if it is wide enough to clear the width. Just have to put the pipe insulating padding so it does not accidentally scrape paint. Actually, I have a couple of the heavy duty shelvings from Costco. I always thought if I had it at correct windshield height and just bolt it to floor ( I afraid it may tip over and dent my hood if free standing) then I can just drive under it. Would that work?
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Can anyone recommend a ladder or similar supportive device that could be used for safely accessing the Interstate's forehead? I'm sick of doing a half-butted job of cleaning and waxing that part of the rig because I simply can't reach it.



Does not have to be portable.



This is our home ladder of choice... the top platform and rail make it easy to “lean” safely.

https://www.containerstore.com/s/lau...RoC4ggQAvD_BwE
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