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Old 02-19-2006, 10:08 PM   #1
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Does anyone have some advice on how to safely gain access to the roof of my a/s? I need to re-sealthe vents and work on the airconditioning. But standing on a step ladder does not give me the right amount of comfortable access that i need. Would scaffolding work or is there a better idea. carl

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Old 02-19-2006, 10:22 PM   #2
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I made a plywood platform wide enough to span the distance between the first row of rivits on either side (lengthwise of the trailer) and long enough to cover two cross-ribs. At the rivit lines, I cut 2X2's tapered to match the curvature of the trailer top. The center of the platform touches the top. Padded all contacting surfaces with carpet. This works OK where you have room enough, but on some trailers there is just too much stuff on the roof to allow room for a platform. You can also fashion a padded board to place over a window frame and lean a ladder against the board and do the long-arm reach. Darol

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Old 02-19-2006, 10:34 PM   #3
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Scaffolding works

Use either a scaffolding or I used a multi-position ladder and bent it to look like scaffolding and used a 2x8 plank for a work platform to seal my roof vents and replace my A/C cover. Worked like a charm.
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:34 AM   #4
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Don't look down

I'm about 160 lbs, and I use a ladder with a blanket leaned against my rig by the vertical ribs, I than carefully crawl onto the roof putting my weight only on the rives lines. I stand up and glide from rivet line to rivet line. I have replaced all the skylight domes and TV antenna this way without a problem.

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Old 02-20-2006, 06:58 AM   #5
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A few years ago I had read and I think it was on the VAC forum of a person using a rope ladder to access the top of their trailer. This always sounded like a great idea if I ever needed to get up on top of Chummy. If my memory servers me right they put the ladder out the top vent and secured it to same, saying it was strong enough to hold the ladder. I think I would stake it or secure it to the opposite side of the trailer and then hang it over the top.
Has anyone else heard of this idea or was I dreaming?
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:04 AM   #6
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up on the roof

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Old 02-20-2006, 09:07 AM   #7
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Plenty of ways to do it, whatever your comfortable with. I use an extension ladder with the rails padded with some tru-loc(?) rubber gasket material. I use a body pillow with a flannel cover as a pad across the roof. The pillow is about 4' long and has worked fine so far to distribute my weight. I found it at a garage sale for a buck and knew exactly what I was gonna use it for when I saw it.
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Old 02-20-2006, 08:25 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the good Ideas. I feel better already about climbing up on top of my A/S. Thanks everybody. Carl

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