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Old 10-01-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Gettting the right ladder

Just got our 25' '86 Sovereign and would be interested in folks thoughts on the purchase of a ladder to reach the roof. Any suggestions with an eye on best value.
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:13 PM   #2
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Any one that will reach the roof and safely carry your weight. Brand is not important.
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:44 PM   #3
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They have small folding ladders at Camping World.
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:56 PM   #4
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Some might consider this more than necessary. However, I always carry one of these in the bed of our truck when camping. There are also less expensive spinoffs available. I am very careful about placement and padding if I place against the skin of the trailer.

Telesteps 1600E 12.5-Feet Extension Ladder - Telescoping Ladders - Amazon.com

This case is also convenient.

http://www.amazon.com/Telesteps-106X..._bxgy_hi_img_y

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Old 10-01-2014, 07:27 PM   #5
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ladder

I use the same telescoping ladder that ken has. I have a couple of the foam noodles that kids use in the pool to put on ladder for padding. works good
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:29 PM   #6
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Thanks a lot. Looked at some of the telescoping ladders at Amazon.com and a number of them fit the requirements.
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:29 PM   #7
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Any one that will reach the roof and safely carry your weight. Brand is not important.

I would like to respectfully offer an alternative opinion.
An Airstream (as far as RVs go) is fairly fragile but yet expensive to repair. I believe that the more inexpensive ladders need to be very carefully inspected and tested for unintended movements, tendency to collapse, and sharp edges that may scratch the trailer if unintentional movement does occur.

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Old 10-01-2014, 07:36 PM   #8
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The idea of using the kid foam noodles is a good one and should minimize scratches to the AS.
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #9
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Good caution Ken on a cheaper ladder. There are several listed in Amazon in the 175-250 range that have very good customer reviews and fit the bill.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:23 PM   #10
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We like the telescoping / collapsing type for ease of storage ...the good ones are not inexpensive ! Get it at a hardware store ...
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Any safe ladder should meet the ANSI requirements:
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ANSI consensus standards on portable ladders include ANSI A14.1-2007 for wood ladders, ANSI A14.2-2007 for metal ladders and ANSI A14.5-2007 for reinforced plastic ladders. These standards detail the various materials, construction requirements, test requirements, usage guidelines and labeling/marking requirements for portable ladders.
According to each of these standards, any ladder that meets the standards will have a label that says so, and will have a label that clearly identifies the weight capacity of the ladder.

For extension ladders, the weight capacity only is correct if the foot of the ladder is placed the distance from the ground to the contact point at the top. So if your trailer is 10 feet tall the foot of the ladder needs to be placed 2 feet from the side of the trailer.

As an aside, any ladder you buy at ACE Hardware is likely to meet ANSI standards. A ladder you buy at Camping World isn't.
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Safety first. Some people seem to base quality on price alone.
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Any safe ladder should meet the ANSI requirements:
According to each of these standards, any ladder that meets the standards will have a label that says so, and will have a label that clearly identifies the weight capacity of the ladder.

For extension ladders, the weight capacity only is correct if the foot of the ladder is placed the distance from the ground to the contact point at the top. So if your trailer is 10 feet tall the foot of the ladder needs to be placed 2 feet from the side of the trailer.

As an aside, any ladder you buy at ACE Hardware is likely to meet ANSI standards. A ladder you buy at Camping World isn't.
Pro's angle of ladder setup is a standard, but if you utilize the awning roller to lean the ladder against, you are well outside the recommendation. I have started leaning the ladder on the heavy rear BR rain gutter, with foam protection. Does anybody see a problem with this? What concerns me is the rib and stringer construction in this area. I see no flexing of the skin or window frame, but it still worries me a bit. Ladder feels better though!
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:43 AM   #14
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All these ladder questions, brings up my question of can I safely climb up on and sit on my roof to remove, strip and reseal my various vents? I'm a light weight at 120lbs but am not sure if and where it is safe to be on the roof (but I am smart enough to avoid the endcaps)...

I am re-doing the floor on one of my girls now, the '69 safari...Finishing of the re-sealing of her is my goal for her this weekend. I've got all the windows done but I want to hit everything to make sure she's done right. My new stove pipe vents arrived from V.T.S. yesterday but they are out of stock on the stove hood scoops so I'll have to get to that one later. Luckily the refrigerator scoop is in great condition still

Any tips and tricks for me oh wise ones?
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