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Old 08-30-2005, 11:00 AM   #1
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Gettin to de roof

Some recent posts showed the possible need to get to the roof of the trailer while away from home base. How are folks handling this? One could call out the local hook and ladder company but building a sufficient fire to justify it would be a problem.
(I have an Excursion PV and will soon have a 28 ft. Safari)


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Old 08-30-2005, 11:23 AM   #2
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I use one of those Gorilla/Little Giant type ladders.

Pro: Very stable, stores easily in my truck bed.

Con: A bit heavy!

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Old 08-30-2005, 11:27 AM   #3
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Roof of TV

I have replaced an AC unit while set up on Campsite.

I climbed from my TV roof onto the roof of the AS. A little challenging but AC or none on 4th of July weekend...........

Project done in about 1 hour!
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Old 08-30-2005, 12:20 PM   #4
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Ah, good idea. All I have to do is build a suspension bridge from the roof of the Excusion to the roof of the trailer .... or perhaps a board, properly cushioned, strengthened, would work. This could be easily stored on the roof rack of the Excursion. A small step ladder could be used for side cleaning, etc.

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Old 08-30-2005, 02:01 PM   #5
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I was wondering about a rope ladder attached to the vent on the roof. You could use a picnic table to stand on to place the rope ladder then hang it over the side. Or you could even tie it off on the other side of the trailer and just lay it over the roof. No dents or scratches to worry about.
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Old 09-14-2005, 03:09 PM   #6
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I also use a folding ladder (HomeDespot) with a 3 foot wide by 3" piece of plywood attached to the top end with "u" bolts and covered with rubber carpet underlayment. It doens'nt even depress the skin, and I can get almost on top of the AC. At home I use a Type III (heavy duty) 7' wooden step ladder on one side, a 10' high "A" frame made of 2x12s on the far side that's tied together with a 4' piece of 1" galvanized pipe through the top of the uprights, and two side-by-side 2"x12"x12' cross-platform boards with 2x4 underside stiffeners. THis lets me work over the top of the unit, and remove ACs or install equipment without touching the mushy skin. I also have walked on the top, but not carrying a lot of weight e.g. AC unit!
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Old 09-15-2005, 01:26 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input.

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Old 03-10-2007, 06:19 PM   #8
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Pretty simple, just get yourself one of those ladders that fold in about 3 sections. Then go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy two sections of 1 1/2" foam insulation that is used for pipes. Secure it to the ladder with cable ties at the point that it contacts your AS. Climb up there and try to walk where the rivets fine.
I just replaced the front roof vent with a new Fantastic, no problems
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Old 03-10-2007, 07:08 PM   #9
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Actually, I carry a 2 X 6 with a very high durometer foam glued to one side and polyurethane matt (the no-slide matting and shelf liner stuff) on top of that. The wood is 30" long and will distribute the weight of the leaning ladder nicely without leaving a mark or dent.

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