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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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