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Old 10-03-2014, 11:45 AM   #15
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Just keep to the rivet lines while walking. I usually take a piece of 3/4" plywood, long enough and wide enough to bridge rib rivet lines to sit/kneel on.
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:55 PM   #16
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...purchase of a ladder to reach the roof. Any suggestions with an eye on best value.
You don't specify whether you are looking for a ladder to take with you on the road, or whether you are looking for one to use at home. Unless you'll be gone for trips for extended periods of time I don't think you need to consider bringing one on the road.

If you are looking for a good ladder to use at home, I give two thumbs up to the ladders from the Little Giant line https://www.littlegiantladder.com/. They are not the cheapest, but since I value safety, flexibility, strength, and a life-time warranty I think they make the best ladder for the price.

Buy a few pool noodles too, and you'll be set to go.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:02 PM   #17
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Personally I think the risk of slipping or tripping off the roof is to great for working up there. At least for me. I can reach most of it from ladders on the sides, I just installed a vent cover between the two factory solar panels. The Factory Service Center said they couldn't do it because it wouldn't fit, but it did.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:09 PM   #18
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Personally I think the risk of slipping or tripping off the roof is to great for working up there.
One thing that might be worth considering is to use a bathtub mat on the roof of your Airstream when one has to work up there. With the suction cubs on the back, it ought to grip the roof well, and provide more traction than bare metal. But I haven't tried it myself, so I can't really say that it works. It was just a passing thought that I figured I shold write down before I forget.
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:44 PM   #19
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Awesome tips guys thank you, and I like the idea using a bath mat for traction particularly for the first step to get onto the roof. I will keep low and have a spotter ☺
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:34 AM   #20
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thesignlady brings up a point I was asking my dealer and that was can I get on the roof of my 28' International to wax it? He recommended I don't get on the roof as it isn't very strong as far as weight upon it goes. So just how do Airstreamers wax their roof?
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:37 AM   #21
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Oops...didn't see the subsequent replies. Thanks dznf0g and Protagonist for the tips. I'll have to check my ape index to see if I can replicate dkottum's reach from a ladder
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:19 AM   #22
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Awesome tips guys thank you, and I like the idea using a bath mat for traction particularly for the first step to get onto the roof. I will keep low and have a spotter ☺
Make sure you press down on it first to make the suction cups grip before you trust your weight to it.
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Old 10-05-2014, 10:41 AM   #23
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I don't have an opinion on the ladder question but I too have an 1986, 25' Sovereign. Just wanted to say Hi and let you know you can reach out to me if have any questions. I worked on renovating mine most of last year. I'm no expert but I've gained some experience. We really love our AS.


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