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Old 09-23-2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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Default Ladder - Telescoping Type - PICTURES

My coach wasnt built w/ a Ladder. With the Rear (closet) slide out i would have had to have a 3 piece ladder & the coach builder wanted a CONSIDERABLE amount of $$$.

I bought a 15.5 foot Xtend & Climb ladder.

In the pictures you can see the 15.5 foot (next to a friends 8 foot)
The 15.5 has large base legs at 3.25 inches, where the 8 foot legs are only 2.25"

The 15.5 weighs 35lbs - and collapses to a stored size of 36" x 20"
The 8 foot collapses down to 28" x 20"

Wish the made a 13 or 14 footer...but they DONT - the make 8, 12.5, & 15.5 foot ladders.



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Old 09-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #2
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Hey, I have a silly question. What is it with RVers and ladders anyway? Every Old Fart (no offense to any of you other Old Farts out there, I'm one too) going down the road with an RV or 5th wheel has a ladder bungee corded to the back. Usually bungeed to the existing ladder. And I'll include your (very nice) stowable ladder in that category. What does the average RVer need to get on the roof for anyway? In my case I have a merchandise trailer and I have to fold up the signs on the roof, but what are the rest of you doing up there? Always curious about that one.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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A salesman asked me the same question when I told him that I wanted a ladder added on to my truck conversion. I told him that you have to get on the roof to check it out once in a while, have to caulk around vents, clean the roof, reapairs to a tear in a rubber roof,etc. The salesman told me that their roofs do not ever leak, right. Needless to say I had a ladder installed, they had to take off the endcap to reinforce the area to support the ladder.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:25 PM   #4
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I don't understand what the skeptics are thinking about. Don't motorhomes, RVr's, and trailer pullers always go where they shouldn't and get the clearance light lenses knocked off? Without a ladder, its impossible to replace them.
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Only those thinking in 2 dimensions knock stuff off the trailer, most of us are bright enough to think in 3 dimensions, thank you very much. lol. I was just curious what was up with all the folding ladders I see going down the road on the back of rv's.
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I'd bet the folders and portable ladders are used mostly to clean the windshield and side windows. I've actually seen guys take their step ladders off the back and clean windows. I have a 14' aluminum step ladder that I keep in my storage shop and use to clean the side windows and take a look up on the roof at stuff. I prefer to move the ladder around the outside and climb up and look around, rather than climb up the back and walk on the roof. I don't like walking on the roof. I also bought the biggest "Little Giant" and a extendable aluminum plank to make a way to get up to my cab overhang. I had to change my clearance lights since the builder used the rubber grommet ones that allow water into the wall. I put in l.e.d. ones that have a plastic molded housing that I sealed all the way around the hole with silicone. Anyhow, this is the only way I could figure to get up there. And I use this method to get up there to clean off the bugs after awhile too.

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Not to hijack the thread, but what kind of aluminum expandable plank did you get? I need something like that for a similar purpose. How much weight does it hold? What length does it expand to?
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i think the point is that not EVERY REPAIR is 1) difficult or 2) one that can wait until youre home or you can take it to a shop & write a check (seems to be a lot of check writers among the RV set).

Just this weekend - i needed to re-configure a new (2nd) rear view camera after i installed it and had set the image orientation wrong...i didnt completely discover the limitation of my set up, so once we were at the campground an i had a moment - up on the roof i went to change the camera setting.

if i were to "spring" a leak on the roof i wouldnt want to WAIT til i got home - to make the repair EVEN if it were TEMPORARY.
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I agree Don. Good to have the ladder all the time. If you've got the room for it. I got the plank from Little Giant. I can't remember what length I got. Little Giant Ladder Work Plank | Work Plank Accessory
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heres an interesting ladder that ive not seen before (this is on a haulmark garage coach)...so no ladder on the back - i guess they never thought of putting a ladder INSIDE the garage....anyway another option -

an interesting temporary solution that "hangs" from the upper railing - and has legs that "stand off" the coach wall.

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