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Old 12-05-2009, 09:06 PM   #15
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Which reminds me—I'm thinking of getting a collapsible ladder to take with us, but not sure what's best. I was looking at some at Lowe's. The cheaper one had really bad steps and the more extensive one was pretty heavy. Both were rated 300 lbs. I forget the brand name, but they were those ladders that can be a scaffold, ladder or step ladder. That's all nice, and tempting to get for household use, but for travel, all I want is a ladder that gets small, safe, light and easy to open and close. Any suggestions?

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Old 12-05-2009, 09:14 PM   #16
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Are there any pictures posted of the devices that have been made for roof work?
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I've got it! I have a tower for my ham radio. I'll park the trailer beside it, and lower myself down from the tower. Has anyone tried that under a big tree?
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That is cool. Now I just need to buy two painter's trucks.
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...or use a friend's like we did!

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That is cool. Now I just need to buy two painter's trucks.
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Shari,
I just noticed where you live. I guess all I have to do is borrow two painter's trucks.
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This would way cool if those trucks were al-iou-minni-yum Grumans ...
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I never was brave enough to climb on the roof of the 29'er but the topside of the 34'er was GROSS! I leaned a ladder against top window frame of the kitchen, extended it so it was about even with the top and went up.

Walking and kneeling on the rivit lines is stonger than the roof of my SOB. Stay off the endcaps! they are much softer and don't have the structure under them.
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...I'm thinking of getting a collapsible ladder to take with us, but not sure what's best...all I want is a ladder that gets small, safe, light and easy to open and close. Any suggestions?

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hi gene...

only a few threads on ladder choices for 'stream travel,

i'm sure u can find them.

i carried this one for many years and it worked fine...

extending ladder...

not a lot of moving parts, very functional, light, but still not real small when folded.

it's now a house/yard ladder.

i started carrying this one 4 years ago, it's gotten plenty of use RVing only, and by many campers...

folding A frame ladder/double sided

i'm just a tad over the rating and it's held up fine.

folds VERY small ((~5x7 inches x 7-8 feet)) WATCH the VIDEO on set up...

NEITHER of these are long enough for climbing ONTO the top of a stream...

but both work fine for accessing above the awnings or washing the top or dealing with the vents...

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I just tip it over and work on it and then tip it back. If you use this method, be sure to check that the Mrs. is not inside or there will be a terrible grinding, smashing, slicing, gonna kick you A** sound coming from the ceiling

I was able to wash the top of our 05, didn't stand, kind of laid on top it at 225, it held up great. You can get to most of it with the right kind of ladder.
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Which reminds me—I'm thinking of getting a collapsible ladder to take with us, but not sure what's best. I was looking at some at Lowe's. The cheaper one had really bad steps and the more extensive one was pretty heavy. Both were rated 300 lbs. I forget the brand name, but they were those ladders that can be a scaffold, ladder or step ladder. That's all nice, and tempting to get for household use, but for travel, all I want is a ladder that gets small, safe, light and easy to open and close. Any suggestions?

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Hi Gene,
I just bought one of these.
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It is 12 feet extended. I figure if I always have it with me when I travel, there will never be a need to access the roof.
I got a very good price on it with one of eBay's daily deals.
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Roof Work on 2006 Classic

I recently replaced the two skylights on our 2006 model year Classic, using the following approach.

A cardboard shipping container for a refrigerator was obtrained from a local appliance store (this is very thick and strong cardboard) and cut into two large sections. The two sections of cardboard were placed on the roof, one on top of the other. Under this sandwich, I placed the remaining long pieces of cardboard. I don't know if the bottom layer was really necessary.

An 8 foot ladder, padded at the upper end with a thick towel, was used to climb onto the cardboard on the trailer roof. I crawled around on the cardboard to do the work, but one could stand if one had good balance.

I could detect no distortion of the aluminum skin.

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Thanks for the suggestions about ladders. 2air, I need one to reach the roof because if I have it, as w7ts says, I will never have to go up there while on the road.

I'm figuring on buying ladder in the spring or late winter, so I'm in the investigation phase. w7ts, have you tried using the ladder yet?

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Thanks for the suggestions about ladders. 2air, I need one to reach the roof because if I have it, as w7ts says, I will never have to go up there while on the road.

I'm figuring on buying ladder in the spring or late winter, so I'm in the investigation phase. w7ts, have you tried using the ladder yet?

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Hi Gene,
I haven't tried it yet. I'm waiting for it to warm up or quit snowing.

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