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Old 04-22-2016, 11:19 AM   #1
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Portable ladder for Airstream

Does anyone know of a good ladder to take while traveling?
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:24 AM   #2
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Does anyone know of a good ladder to take while traveling?
TeleSteps is one of the best. Very sturdy and very compact. Available as a regular ladder or a stepladder. I have the stepladder type.
http://www.telesteps.se/en/pro/home/
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:24 AM   #3
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This is mine

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...d_bhz_bw_c_x_3

It is a beast and longer than I should ever need but the price was right. It was an Amazon Daily Deal. It fits perfectly out of the way behind the LazyBoy in the front of the trailer for storage.
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Handy hint—

If you get a ladder that will lean up against your Airstream, get some foam pipe insulation to wrap around the ladder side rails where it will touch the trailer. You can prevent a lot of scratches that way.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:31 AM   #5
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I use a 5 to 5 1/2 foot folding ladder that folds up to about 4" on a side (square in the cross-section) that I bought at Camping World a couple years ago. I just went to their website but did not see it listed. The stairs fold as well. It is not tall enough to do much more than reach up high on the trailer but works to do almost everything except climbing on top. The nice thing is it actually will fit in one of Camping World's white, pvc tubes with end caps that they sell for storing your slinky and can be mounted below and hang from the frame... if I've described it well enough for you to visualize. However, we travel with ours on the floor in front of the gaucho and when we park we store it on the back bumper. Because its aluminum it blends right in!
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:39 AM   #6
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Although I haven't made the purchase yet, I'd researched a compact folding ladder and came up with these that come in 4 and 5 foot lengths. Camping World had similar the last time i was in their showroom in Albuquerque. It would certainly fit in the front outside storage compartment of our FB Twin.

http://www.ladder-guy.com/ladders/ca...sible-ladders/
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I use a 5 to 5 1/2 foot folding ladder that folds up to about 4" on a side (square in the cross-section) that I bought at Camping World a couple years ago.
I have one of those as well. It's awfully rickety compared to my TeleSteps, which is why I don't carry it when I travel anymore. It's now reserved strictly for indoor home use for changing light bulbs and such, where I can set it up on a level floor and don't have to climb very high on it. It's very convenient because it stores in a corner of the closet.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:52 AM   #8
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We have one of the telepscoping ladders also. We have been carrying it on the road with us for ten years now and have never used it once. Hopefully, we can continue to bring it with us and never need it.

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Handy hint—

If you get a ladder that will lean up against your Airstream, get some foam pipe insulation to wrap around the ladder side rails where it will touch the trailer. You can prevent a lot of scratches that way.
I grabbed my canoe/car rooftop pads one day and tried them. Two now reside in the AS. Works well and distributes the load on the skin a bit.

Like these:

http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/sho...G3saAu888P8HAQ
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Old 04-22-2016, 12:05 PM   #10
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We bring a folding 3 ft stepstool - which give me enough reach to get to the roof (but not on it) - if there is need to actually get up on the roof then it is very likely that the 5th wheel or motor coach parked next to you will have one - but if not - the park will lend you one.

Like Protaganist above I never go without a couple pieces of foam pipe insulation and also a section of closed cell sleeping pad. These not only cushion the ladder against the trailer but the sleeping pad is great for working underneath the trailer or changing a tire.

The logic in favouring a stepstool over a ladder is simple - there is much more utility in the stool.
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There was a time when I wish I had a ladder a few years ago. The factory installed the front vent on our trailer the wrong way where it opens towards the front. The wind got up under the vent and almost ripped off the cover when going down the highway. It was interesting getting onto the roof by use of the LP tank cover and front window. I had to jump off the roof onto the grass to get down. It seemed like quite a looooonnnngggggg way down.
The telesteps look pretty neat - another item for the wish list.
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TeleSteps is one of the best. Very sturdy and very compact. Available as a regular ladder or a stepladder. I have the stepladder type.
http://www.telesteps.se/en/pro/home/
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Sturdy and flexible as to heights you want to set it at.

I needed it in 2006, bought one right after the time my vent cover blew off the top of the trailer in a parking lot. Borrowed the RV shops ladder to replace the vent lid.

Have not needed it since as I covered our flimsy vent lids. Been leaving the tube ladder at home. ... and you know how that goes. Use the five gallon bucket for normal window cleaning. If I need it again... I might carry it around again for a year or two... and go back to feeling 'lucky'.
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Old 04-22-2016, 12:50 PM   #13
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http://www.lowes.com/pd_596898-287-AL323-6_1z0wcfo__

I have one of these and it works great for everything except getting on the roof. Lighter than step ladders at about 10 lbs, goes in the truck. Great price.
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Old 04-22-2016, 02:11 PM   #14
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I use one of these...

http://m.lowes.com/pd/Werner-13-ft-A...Ladder/1101061

Not as compact as the telescoping ladders mentioned, but it fits in the closet just fine and can serve as a step or extension ladder. Also not too much heavier than the telescoping ladders.
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