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Old 06-16-2015, 05:38 AM   #15
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I bought one of those Harbor Freight multi-purpose folding flip ladders like the Little Giant XE type. It works well but they are heavy compared to a standard ladder. I do not know the weight difference between brands but it is probably similar.

I also bought board to make two pieces to span between rib/rivet points for when I am on the roof. I place them as crawling surface between "rafters" observed at rivet lines. For my model, the best access to the roof is to use the door frame area.
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:41 AM   #16
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WE, too, like the quality collapsing ladders ...
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:34 PM   #17
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Yeah the HF Vulcan ladder is good and the same really as the lil giant ones minus the rolling glide but with a coupon they only cost $120 that cool telescoping ladder is different.
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:55 PM   #18
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Sturdiest and most stable collapsible ladder I've ever owned. I carry one in my Interstate (a stepladder model, not an extension ladder model)— and for those of you who know how little storage space there actually is in an Interstate, you'll know that's high praise indeed and I'd make room for one!
Where did you order from; Sweden? They don't seem to have an outlet in the US. Prices?
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:04 PM   #19
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Where did you order from; Sweden? They don't seem to have an outlet in the US. Prices?
Googled it,

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Old 06-16-2015, 05:18 PM   #20
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I looked at them too. I prefer the combi-type vulcan/lil giant step/extension. The 14' model is $375! The weight is about the same as the Vulcan brand per se given the footage difference and collapsed there is a 20" length difference but then again 14 vs. 17 feet. The real advantage I see to the telescoping is portability. I never saw a telescopic ladder, thanks Lewster. The extension type you use is the BOMB!
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I have the shortest version of this brand. Works well.

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I had a client but one of those. Works well. But you have to use the buttons on every step to collapse it.

The Telesteps is a single pinch control at the bottom rung that will compress the entire unit in one motion. One of the reasons I chose Telesteps.


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I had a client but one of those. Works well. But you have to use the buttons on every step to collapse it.

The Telesteps is a single pinch control at the bottom rung that will compress the entire unit in one motion. One of the reasons I chose Telesteps.


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That's true, you have to use the buttons on each step, and early in your experience with it, you will "pinch" your fingers when the step drops. You'll only do that once !
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Thanks, Michael. I'm surprised I couldn't find any links on their website.

I checked Amazon and about 25% of the reviews are 3 stars or lower. People that have owned it before were positive about earlier versions but negative about newer ones. Some attempts to contact the manufacturer failed. There also doesn't seem to be any repair options other than buying a new one at a reduced rate, after shipping the old one back and paying to ship the new one.

Several of the reviewers definitely liked the old version better. Some have called the new ones flimsy and one had a supporting step break and almost fall over. It looks like a good idea but I think I'll pass on this one.
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Rich, I would bet there has been a country of manufacture change recently and a cheapening in quality of the product for the sake of the all mighty bottom line. Sad, but of course that is what modern business is all about.
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Rich, I would bet there has been a country of manufacture change recently and a cheapening in quality of the product for the sake of the all mighty bottom line. Sad, but of course that is what modern business is all about.
There was mention of that is some of the reviews. All manufacturers are looking to reduce costs by relocating production and using lower cost parts. Personally, I prefer to pay for quality regardless of where it's made. The people that assemble a product have little control over the quality of the parts used in production. That's a management decision and management can be located anywhere.

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I can't speak for the TeleSteps straight telescoping ladders, but the TeleSteps telescoping stepladder that I purchased from Amazon less than a year ago is hands-down the sturdiest stepladder I've ever owned, even more than the non-telescoping ones I've had.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:37 PM   #28
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Little Giant had a few "classes" of ladders. Class I was orange, for up to 350 lb or something. Heavy. Class II was yellow, for up to 250 lb. Not so heavy. carry it across the back seat of your car. Get one and use it everywhere.
But don't go touring around on top of an Airstream if you need a class I ladder, the spaces between the ribs might not like it.
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