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Old 03-06-2016, 11:25 AM   #15
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I find the 8.5 foot extendable tubular ladder works dandy for my little trailer, packs small and weighs not much. (Naturally it needs solid spanning padding where it leans on the trailer...)

But were I going to work on the roof, I'd want an aluminum painters plank to span a couple of 10' step ladders -- to keep my weight off the trailer. However, when we did the Fan-Tastic Vent retrofit, a furniture pad under a half sheet of plywood spanned enough roof struts to carry the weight of a reasonably sized human being.

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Old 03-06-2016, 12:18 PM   #16
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Smile Getting on top of your airstream

I've been on top of my 1970 25 ft my a couple of times to polish and paint the
Center section. You may have on hand 1@1/2 or 2 in. Wide x3/4 thick strips or
Purchase at builders supply cheap. Cut about 20 or 25 pieces and lay them out in
A row on concrete or long table with about 1in. Between them. Take 1 in. Wide
Nylon strap from tie down sets and nail or staple to the ends of the strips. On the
Last slat leave about 10 or 15 feet of strap free. Throw the loose straps over the
Trailer and tie off to awning arm or anything else available to tie to. Now you
Have a 2 or 3 ft. Wide lattace fitting the rounded contour of the air stream. Adjust
Free straps for top center - rounded edge etc. When not in use roll the lattace up
Like rolling up roofing paper and easy to store. This method you can lean stand
Or crawl full weight and no damage. Also sed this method to install ac unit on top
Of my c-10 avion truck camper. Try it out. Worked well for me. Bob Cooke
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:19 PM   #17
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Just make sure where you do stand or kneel, there's a line of rivets. This insures that you are putting weight on a "rib" of the superstructure. I like the youtube video from Colonial RV that Patrick made.
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:55 PM   #18
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We use a 12ft ladder leaning against the upper window frame with a folded up towel to prevent any scratches. We also use gardening foam pads for our knees so as to prevent dents. I don't like being up there standing and walking, so usually "walk" on my knees with the pads when I'm inspecting or recaulking the vents.
Ditto That!!! and wear shoes that won't scratch (clean ....no mud and no steel lace hooks. And for the most part you don't need to actually get on the roof. I've done repairs to nearly everything up there from the ladder leaning against the awning!

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Old 03-06-2016, 06:15 PM   #19
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There are numerous other threads on the techniques used. I use an 8 ft step ladder on the awning side and use the awning as my handhold.

Larry
I do the same. Have been for for years and I wash my 30' International every 4 weeks.
I cut two pieces of AC insulation foam and attach them on the section of the ladder that is leaning on the small Awning by the rear bedroom.
Drag a bucket of soapy water and my hose and go to town. Just make sure you are not wearing Crocks they are very slippery up there.
And yes STAY of the END CAPS.
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:10 PM   #20
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I use a regular ladder and prop it against the door frame. I have cut two four foot long by 24" wide plywood pieces for support pads that I take up with me and a cushion for the knees. I can get all over up there crawling around with that setup putting the plywood straddling the frame points- same idea as an attic floor. I do not mess around with the end caps. Crawling isn't bad if you have some knee cushion. My first trip up there I found a missing rivet- just a hole with no rivet.
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:42 PM   #21
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Has anybody tried one of these tri fold ladders?
I just bought this online and set it up today, I didn't actually try to get on top because I just didn't have a reason to get on top, and it was still a little wet but it looks like it'll work
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:50 AM   #22
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I've been on top of my 1970 25 ft my a couple of times to polish and paint the
Center section. You may have on hand 1@1/2 or 2 in. Wide x3/4 thick strips or
Purchase at builders supply cheap. Cut about 20 or 25 pieces and lay them out in
A row on concrete or long table with about 1in. Between them. Take 1 in. Wide
Nylon strap from tie down sets and nail or staple to the ends of the strips. On the
Last slat leave about 10 or 15 feet of strap free. Throw the loose straps over the
Trailer and tie off to awning arm or anything else available to tie to. Now you
Have a 2 or 3 ft. Wide lattace fitting the rounded contour of the air stream. Adjust
Free straps for top center - rounded edge etc. When not in use roll the lattace up
Like rolling up roofing paper and easy to store. This method you can lean stand
Or crawl full weight and no damage. Also sed this method to install ac unit on top
Of my c-10 avion truck camper. Try it out. Worked well for me. Bob Cooke

Bob, I am a visual type of person. Having trouble picturing your suggestion. Can you post a photo of what you are talking about.
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Old 03-07-2016, 06:19 AM   #23
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Scaffold would be best.
I use an extension ladder leaned on the awning tube.
It is scary no matter what.
Gets real small and real high real quick...
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Old 03-07-2016, 06:44 AM   #24
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As others have used, 4 section 12' ladder.
I use a 2" thick piece of rigid packing foam with a bungee to hold it to the ladder.
That spreads out the weight allowing you more flexibility than just staying on the ribs. I always try to have one rib under the foam.
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I use the same method as Isbrodsky.
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Old 03-07-2016, 04:07 PM   #26
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At home I use an eight-foot step ladder. On the road I use a telescoping ladder. In either case, I put a small rug with non-skid backing on top of the trailer, followed by a piece if plywood sufficient to bridge at least two ribs. If necessary, I will stand on a rib while I move the rug and plywood. If possible, I use the awning side to get up and also do as much as I can from the ladder, thus minimizing the need to actually get on top.
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