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Old 08-24-2014, 10:02 AM   #15
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A quick question, is the roof of the AS strong enough to walk on? We need to put some caulking around the air vent in the bathroom, but my husband (who is a big guy) is afraid to walk on the roof and cannot reach the vent from the side.
It can be but only if you stay on the rib rivet lines. Between the ribs there is zero support.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:11 AM   #16
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As far as the telescoping ladder is concerned, how well did it work? Did it seem stable enough?

A hassle in terms of storing it somewhere despite its small size, or a hassle to use?


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Works fine. 12.5 feet is plenty...I use mine for AS roof access at home due to it is always right there in the corner of the garage, compact and at the handy. When I travel more extensively and for long periods, I will take it along. Not really necessary for short trips.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:32 AM   #17
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A quick question, is the roof of the AS strong enough to walk on? We need to put some caulking around the air vent in the bathroom, but my husband (who is a big guy) is afraid to walk on the roof and cannot reach the vent from the side.
I haven't walked on the roof of my AS but the book-learned I've picked up here indicates it's fine, but stay off of the end-caps.

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Old 08-24-2014, 12:00 PM   #18
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The folding telescoping latter I use is perfect. The top of an airstream is 10 ft so on the curve there is about 1 ft sticking up. I can do whatever I need to do with that ladder.

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Old 08-24-2014, 06:13 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the replies. I think I'm going to give that Werner ladder a try since it can be used to get on top, as well as can serve as a step ladder. Not quite as collapsable as the other telescoping ladders, but the weight doesn't seem too bad and it should store under the bed nicely.


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Old 08-24-2014, 08:00 PM   #20
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Thank you to everyone for replying; after I bought a 12.5' Xtend+Climb ladder, I forgot about the thread. I've been very happy with the ladder; I keep it in the bed of our tow vehicle since we have had plenty of space on the 5-10 day trips we've taken so far. In fact, I just leave it in there all the time b/c it's a convenient place to keep it (we have a locking truck bed cover so security isn't a problem). We're taking a 4 week trip this fall, so we'll see if we still have enough space to carry it once we're loading up all the provisions for a trip this long, but I anticipate we will.

I have used the ladder to access the roof of our 25' Flying Cloud several times, usually to place or remove the A/C shroud cover. I don't even have to extend the ladder to its full height, but I do need to place some foam with adhesive on the caps of the ladder (great idea from an earlier post in the thread) to protect the trailer from scratching or rubbing.

We bought our ladder online for as good a price as I could find. It wasn't cheap, but it is a high quality item.
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A quick question, is the roof of the AS strong enough to walk on? We need to put some caulking around the air vent in the bathroom, but my husband (who is a big guy) is afraid to walk on the roof and cannot reach the vent from the side.
Britabreck,
Howdy from Central Texas!

I am a little Texan... I use 2x6 or 2x8 long enough to span about 6 inches either side of the "rib rivet line"... I lay down the kitchen drawer anti skid on roof then put down the boards. Now I can clamber up and reach out where I need to work. Move boards and anti skid to go along.

I have used fence boards to cover multiple ribs so I can move further.

Oh.. I dress out at about 260...
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Well I have the very same question...is the roof of the AS strong enough to walk on or crawl around on? will it dent or not...last thing I want to do it go up there to fix something and cause more damage.....for now I will just stay off...
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:32 AM   #23
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I do like placing the boards up there to help spread my weight...sounds like the way to go...thanks..
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