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Old 04-24-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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up on the roof top

I have my Walbernize and my awning cleaner and my car wash, my longhandled brush, hose, chamis and cloths, but just how, oh how, do you get to the roof? I put the ladder right next to the Airstream but I don't even come close to reaching. How do you polish the roof?

And may I ask has anyone changed the Safari one step to two?
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Old 04-24-2004, 06:46 PM   #2
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I used a six foot step ladder and used the lip above the awning and the window drip channel (very amatuer rock climber(helps)).climbed on roof in stocking feet and walbernized.
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Old 04-24-2004, 06:54 PM   #3
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aeroacrobatics without a net?

Gosh. Did I mention I am 5'2? Looks mighty daunting just from the top of the ladder. Can you step anywhere on the roof or only certain places?
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Old 04-24-2004, 07:11 PM   #4
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Great thread ... as I am in the market for a ladder to take with me on our travels.

I saw a ladder at Orchard Supply Hardware that was identical to the Little Giant .. as seen on TV ... but was priced much less at $199 ... still pretty expensive .. so I passed.

During the Escapade Rally this week I purchased two Extreme Vents ... paid 10 bucks to have them installed since I didn't have a ladder.

The installer showed up with a clone of the Little Giant ... and I was amazed with how easy it was for him to just step up onto the top of my AS. So I climbed up to for a look .... and was convinced that the model I saw at OSH was worth every penny. I'll be getting one soon.
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Yes allmost forgot to mention , it is real important to stay on the rivet lines that are holding the skin to the ribs. the line is two rows of rivets wide and runs side to side on the trailer . the single rivet lines are just holding the panels together and there is no structure that will support your weight under them. most of them run front to back but the are several areas that do go side to side single rivet. stay on the double riveted ribs.
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Old 04-24-2004, 08:11 PM   #6
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I just got a 16' articulating ladder that lets you bend it into a 4' high 8' long scaffold. You have to put something on the rungs as a scaffold plank. It works well and is steady. I got mine from the local Ace hardware for $159. I don't think it would be good for full-timing like Porky is doing since it it is approximately 4'x1'x1.5' when folded for storage.

I forgot to give the name and model - ClimbTec CT416


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Old 04-24-2004, 08:51 PM   #7
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Xtend Telescoping Ladder

I've been looking for a ladder we can keep in our house to reach a storage loft and the skylights in our ceiling. It would double as an accessory for the trailer. What I found is the Xtend telescoping ladder that compacts to 30" and telescopes out to 12-1/2 feet.
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I haven't gotten up the nerve to walk on mine.

I have a 16' alum. extension ladder(only need to extend a few feet) that I c-clamp a wood board to the ladder at the height to exactly match the awnings. Then I have a scrap piece of indoor carpet that I place between the wood board and the awning. I also made a leaning board covered with carpet that will more than hit two roof trusses. I use it to lean out over the top of the ladder if required.

I once saw an airstream where someone had forgotten and put their weight in between two trusses. Not very pretty!
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Hi Carol,
This is where I'd planned to pick it up again. You're in much better shape than most of us to be standing on your roof top.~lol
Just remember to follow the recommendation of ctdair, stay on the rivet lines..not that it's an issues for you but, I do believe there's a weight limitation of 200lbs as well. You should be fine once up there. Just don't step on the skin area between the rivet lines. Lean your ladder against the main awning rail, this should be the best place for getting on and off the top of your unit. I'd highly recommend that you never do anything up on top without having another person on the ground to steady the ladder for you~!! At the very least, they can pass things back up to you..
You might want to check out Wal Mart for some long handle tools for washing and, to reduce your longer reaching efforts while up there. Hopefully, you've purchased these.
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hey, im too heavy! and i wouldnt trust any of those ladders any farther then i could throw them.... im afraid for my airstream not the height!...so any of you sparrows out there want to volunteer some of your time, i be glad to take you up....
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