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Old 03-05-2016, 03:24 PM   #1
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How do you get to and on the roof of your airstream?

Even with the tallest ladder how do you put your hands on the very top of your airstream? Do you build or place scaffold?do you jump down from the roof of your house?
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Old 03-05-2016, 04:43 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 03-05-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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I couldn't find these other threads. I want to polish the spine of my airstream and I don't want to walk up there.
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:37 PM   #4
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Jump down - No.

The factory uses a mezzanine that allows workers to gently move over to the roof structure of the trailer. That kind of suggests that the roof access idea is not so far off. Just suspect moving from a composite surface to a shiny AS is unlikely to work well for most houses or trailers.

We take it to the dealer and use their experience as there are some things that are not appropriate for the physical ability of a DIYer.

Interested to hear how other folks access the roof. Maybe there is a safe way to do it. We have heard that some folks can reach their roof from a ladder. They get to half from one side and half from the other side.

Safe climbing and travels, too. Pat
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:39 PM   #5
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I use a 12 ft. collapsible ladder. Easy peasy. Stay on the ribs and work away. Stay off of the end caps, zero support under the skin for all practical purposes.
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:44 PM   #6
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Patrick from Colonial Airstream did a You Tune video about this.
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Old 03-05-2016, 06:20 PM   #7
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Patrick from Colonial Airstream did a You Tune video about this.
Patrick's way is scary to me. I am not that flexable. I like a ladder that is in firm solid contact with he trailer.
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12 ft fiberglass ladder leaned against the upper rivet line. You will be able to reach everything on top. Stay away from the end caps.
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Attachment 258219Attachment 258220 I'm going to try this.
If I was doing any serious work up on the top such as replacing the AC I would definetly consider using a real scaffolding set up. They can not cost that much to rent for a couple of days.
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Go to a reputable dealer and have them PAINT the center portion of the roof. I had this done and have never had any problems. I don't know the name of the paint used but it off-whiter in color and looks great. Really helps the unit stay cooler in the hot summer time.
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:25 AM   #12
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I use an extendable ladder like AWCHIEF and attach a patio chair pad to it using the pad ties to hold it in place. I can move it around the trailer to include end caps and access to the center. I just finished walbernizing the top of ours this way. If you need to climb on top. Put the ladder in the doorway (with door open) for max support. I use another chair pad on top to distribute my weight on top bring careful to stay on the ribs for support. The frame ribbing is ifentified by the rivets. The seams of two aluminum panels are usually not over the ribs so I avoid placing weight there. (I weigh about 210)
Like the others state, don't climb on the end caps but you can Lean on them a bit. The scaffolds look like overkill for normal maintenance to me. The top of an AS is pretty tough if you use caution.
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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 rechalking the vents.
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