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Old 12-05-2015, 10:24 AM   #1
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Ladders-telescoping?

We are considering getting a telescoping ladder for our Sport 22' that we tow with a Ford Flex...no space to store extra stuff, so considering a telescoping aluminum ladder. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:33 AM   #2
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I carry one of these (Professional Heavy Duty 8.5 ft Aluminum Extension Telescopic Contractor Ladder).

Doesn't get used much, but works great when it does get used (330lb rating), unfortunately not always in stock with Amazon.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:41 AM   #3
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Have had one of these since the AS was new.(early version)
Store it in the case....BUT it is a pretty substantial piece...25lbs & bulky, it will fit in the Classic's 'trunk' though.

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Old 12-05-2015, 11:25 AM   #4
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I've been using the Telesteps every day for over a year. They make several models. For an Airstream trailer, the smaller regular model works very well.

I use the 16' Pro model. The best feature is the single button that allows for the quick retract of all the rings.

Expensive but well worth it.


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I have a telescopic ladder that I got off of eBay. After some research discovered that the one I got is the same manufacturer as they sell at Camping World for half the price. (Just re-branded). Couple of things you must keep in mind when using one. Make sure your sections are full secured when you pull it up, and make sure your fingers are clear when you are letting it down! Sucker gets heavy near the end and can smash a thumb good! (experience speaking).
Here is a question that will probably be relevant for the OP. I haven't ever used mine to access the top of the trailer because I don't want to dent panels. Is there anyplace where you can buy some sort of ladder guard that would distribute the weight on the ladder enough as to not bend or dent the aluminum?

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Old 12-05-2015, 12:16 PM   #6
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So what do you do with these ladders? Lean them against the Airstream?
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:43 PM   #7
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If you lean them against anything, you need a pad on the top to prevent scratching or worse, especially on the fragile surface of an Airstream.

I have special foam caps made for this purpose. I'll post a photo when I get back to a computer later today.


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So what do you do with these ladders? Lean them against the Airstream?
As in 'what do you use them for?'

We have a rope and pole awning and the awning channel is approx approx 7ft 6in off the ground; a ladder makes it much easier to run the awning into the channel.
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:07 PM   #10
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Sorry, I didn't really mean "what for," but rather "how to use." It seems like you could dent the Airstream when leaning a ladder against it but I really don't know. We've only been in possession of ours for 5 days. Scratching can be prevented, as Lew mentions, but are dents possible?
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I only lean it on the metal awning roll. Or maybe a window brow, but only as a last resort. Never on the skin
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A few shots of how I do it:

The cap is made in the USA using different densities of foam, with a very hard but pliable foam side that goes agains the coach wall. 'Been using these for about 18 months now…….very effective and not a scratch or dent to be found in any Airstream side wall...
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Although we won't take possession of our '25 Flying Cloud until Febuary, I have been pondering the ladder problem. I was really looking for a ladder that took up the least amount of space and was only considering it for pulling unlatching and pulling down the awnings, hoping I never have to climb on the roof while on the road.
This one is very compact and collapses to 3.5"x4.5"x64" and looks very attractive. I'm just waiting for delivery of the trailer to see which one is stow-able in one of the outside compartments.

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Where did you buy your ladder cap?
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