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Old 02-17-2014, 11:46 PM   #1
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A/C Shroud Cover? Ladder to Access Roof of AS?

We are recently converted tent campers who bought a 25' Flying Cloud (rear bedroom). We live in a remote location, so the trailer is stored (exposed, no shade) at a facility an hour away. We have our tires covered and intended to cover our A/C shroud but haven't done it yet because it's a bit complicated.....We live in such a remote location that we usually begin/end a trip from the storage facility, which would mean we would have to carry a ladder with us that is tall enough to access the roof. So the questions are:

1) When your trailer is in storage, do you cover your A/C shroud to protect it from UV rays and other elements (assuming your trailer is not shaded)?

2) Do you carry a ladder with you on trips that is long enough to allow you to climb onto the roof of your trailer?

3) Have you ever had the need to access the roof while traveling?

The ladder I am considering is made by XTEND+CLIMB: Telescoping Ladders, Step Ladders, Extension Ladders | Xtend+Climb Telescoping Ladders

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:36 AM   #2
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I carry a ladder (sort of a tri-fold thing) that is just barely tall enough for me to reach up to the A/C shrouds, and yet it is small enough to fit into the rear storage compartment of the trailer. Ours is a rear queen bed model with a rather large storage under the bed.

I do not cover the shrouds when in outside storage.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:44 AM   #3
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Roof stuff

I use a shroud cover when in storage, an item from ADCO. Be sure to measure your shroud before purchasing ( the item recommended for my PENGUIN was too short so had to order one for a COLEMAN to get a good fit ).
I do carry a ladder when travelling--- the same brand you are considering. Recommend the 12.5 foot model as you will have something to hang on to when coming back down.
I haven't had to use it on a trip yet but the day I leave it at home will be the day before I need to.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:29 AM   #4
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For the price and the amount of space required, I would say this is a tool most RVrs should have.

I carry this style within my LPG bay on the CLIPPER and have found use for it many times over the years while on the road.

I made a hanger for it to slide below the LPG deck which still allows storage on the bay floor for other essentials.

This ladder is more convenient than a rear mounted ladder that most motorhomes are equipped with. It allows access to the the perimeter of the roof, marker lamps and canopy's that would otherwise not be accessible from a roof location.

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Old 08-23-2014, 07:11 PM   #5
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Do you all find the 12.5ft is sufficient, or would the 15.5ft be better? If the 12.5 is fine, has anyone used both the home series 770p and the pro series 780p?
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:35 PM   #6
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:17 PM   #7
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....and then what would you recommend?


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Old 08-23-2014, 10:25 PM   #8
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If u have a truck tow vehicle and bed is available you could get by with a ladder which is long enough to secure in truck bed to give a "boost" to any ladder.

Using a Little Giant, no pressure on the AS. An extension ladder in truck bed will offer a bit more protection if properly secured to truck and put some split "pool noodles"
Over the ladder contact points to minimize scratches.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:59 PM   #9
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  1. I do not carry a ladder, but that telescoping ladder looks interesting.
  2. I do not cover my ac, but I wipe it down with 303 protectant spring & fall. Those plastic covers will last 10+ years, but will fade some.
  3. Yes, once in 40+ years towing campers (Airstreaming 20+). A fan cover blew off while traveling last summer. It rained.
If you carry everything you might need, you will probably need more payload capacity in your tow vehicle!

Most campgrounds have a ladder you can borrow. You can rent one at any town that has a rental store. Walmart, Lowes, HD or some hardware are always around the corner. If you are really in a bind, most times other campers are really helpful.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:13 AM   #10
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1) I have a ladder like you show. Have carried it along, found it to be a hassle...see #3

2) No, I used to many years ago. I think they do more harm than good,,,,holding in moisture all winter, and a hassle to put on and take off. When shroud cracks due to exposure, get an Icon. UV resistant, much heavier material, and lifetime warranty. No more climbing.

3) Ironically, the last time out for the first time, ladder was at home. When I backed into the site, a small branch hooked the rear Maxxair cover and slightly bent the rear corner bracket upward. The clip/pin which is for easy opening/removal was pulled about 3/4 of the way out. No real damage, but I was afraid I'd at least lose the pin going home. But all was OK.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:56 AM   #11
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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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I have one of these ladders and it works great. I put some EDPM sticky back foam on the top section so it does not scratch the Airstream. It also works as a really good step ladder which is great for general maintenance activities like caulking etc. I usually don't take it on short weekend trips unless I know I am going to do some maintenance.

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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.
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I have one of these ladders and it works great. I put some EDPM sticky back foam on the top section so it does not scratch the Airstream. It also works as a really good step ladder which is great for general maintenance activities like caulking etc. I usually don't take it on short weekend trips unless I know I am going to do some maintenance.

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Thanks. It appears to be 10.6ft with a 13ft reach. How is it getting on top of the airstream since it is only 10.6ft tall? I suppose one benefit of the height is that it's only 5+ tall folded so storing is a little easier.


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