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Old 08-27-2016, 04:41 PM   #15
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I drilled additional lock pin holes in my Little Giant ladder so I could remove one of the extensions, bend the shortened section to fit the AS roof angle, attach a well padded piece of plywood to the end of the shortened section so I can bend over the ladder and work on the roof safely and comfortably even with my overweight 72 year old body.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:14 PM   #16
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A padded top end of my ladder, with a heavy folded blanket over the awning tube, and a spotter at the bottom of the ladder, leads to one more issue. Your belt buckle on your pants can scratch the heck out of anything you are sliding over. Wearing jogging pants, or a swim suit or something without a buckle or rough button on the front, will help prevent scratching things you don't want to deface. Its not only scratching the aluminum, its scratching the clear coat as well. Good luck.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:20 PM   #17
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I use the inexpensive foam knee pads they sell at Harbor Freight - they have velcro straps to wrap around the top of the ladder. Easy to take off and save for next time.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:24 PM   #18
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When I'm at home I use different tools for different jobs, a combinations of step ladders, extension ladders, and scaffolds with walk boards. It depends on what I need for the specific job I'm trying to accomplish.

I had an experience while on the road that I needed to get on the roof when a fan lid blew off. To make it worse, it was raining.
So, I'm in the market for some type of collapsible, telescoping, or folding ladder that will fit inside my Airstream, without taking up to much room. I'm trying to sort out what's best.
I'll need a class 1A ladder for my .... stout physique.
Any suggestions?
This is the one I got.

http://www.ourflyingcloud.com/2016/0...ot-ladder.html
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Old 08-27-2016, 06:06 PM   #19
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A padded top end of my ladder, with a heavy folded blanket over the awning tube, and a spotter at the bottom of the ladder, leads to one more issue. Your belt buckle on your pants can scratch the heck out of anything you are sliding over. Wearing jogging pants, or a swim suit or something without a buckle or rough button on the front, will help prevent scratching things you don't want to deface. Its not only scratching the aluminum, its scratching the clear coat as well. Good luck.
Wearing swim suit on sunny day will result in some nasty burns as Aluminum gets very hot. Sweat pants works very well.
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Old 08-27-2016, 06:33 PM   #20
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There are a number of telescoping ladders available. The "Xtend" brand is popular. Walmart and Home Depot both carry them, and Amazon is always a good place to start looking. The advantage of a telescoping ladder is that it is sufficiently compact that it can be carried on trips with very little room taken.
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:42 PM   #21
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Check out the Werner 16. Foot multi position ladder. It's really nice for working on the roof of your airstream and use it as scaffold for waxing up high. It can be positioned into multiple setups from extension, step, scaffold. It lets you stay on the ladder in the middle of your roof.
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Old 08-28-2016, 06:58 AM   #22
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It's a bit pricey, but in IMHO the best class 1A ladder for carrying on board is the Telesteps 1600EP. It has a 300 lb capacity, is rock solid and telescopes into a package that fits between the back of the sofa and the front wall of my Safari. Whenever I can, I also anchor a length of 5/8" nylon rope to something on the far side of the trailer - this acts as a safety line, and helps a lot in the process of getting me from ladder to roof and vice versa.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:07 AM   #23
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Thanks for the details, and welcome to the forum! For everyone's info, FCStreamer has a link for the Telesteps in Post #18. OSHA compliant as well.
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Thanks for the details, and welcome to the forum! For everyone's info, FCStreamer has a link for the Telesteps in Post #18. OSHA compliant as well.
Yes, but that's a different model. Here is the 1600EP on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Telesteps-160...telesteps+1600
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Thanks for the correction. Yours has a longer reach which might be useful.
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Yes, but that's a different model. Here is the 1600EP on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Telesteps-160...telesteps+1600
+1 on this product. We carry ours everywhere we go. Pricey but worth it.
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