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Old 05-16-2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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ladders and ladders and more ladders!

My trailer did not come with a roof ladder and while I have very little reason to get up on the roof, I don't have any way to do it at all, short of borrowing/renting/purchasing an appropriate ladder.

I see "universal" RV ladders are available for ~$80-$150. More or less the standard RV ladder, it would need to be installed, meaning the appropriate mounting points need to be identified and then use of screws and sealant and...a ladder. All equal time and money, but once up, it's always there, stuff can be hung or strapped to it for storage and transportation and I can run up to look at the roof whenever I want to.

One other option is one of the collapsible ladders sold by the big box stores, camping world, etc. for $120-$180. These ladders extend to 12.5' and collapse down to a smallish package and seem like a nice option. No mounting needed, useable in a variety of places and easy to store. I see versions with plastic joints and some with metal joints....

I'd like any comments on these two options and any experience with the different collapsible ladders available, plastic vs., metal parts...


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Old 05-16-2014, 02:00 PM   #2
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My DW and kids bought me a little giant ladder for fathers day a few years ago. It is AWSOME I love it. Its small enough to store and take up little room. And extends out high enough to clean the gutters on my house. I have used this ladder more than I thought I would it is very nice and stable.


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Old 05-16-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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I think you need to rethink you comment that you have little need to get on your roof. Your roof will need washing at least twice or more times a year and a thorough sealant/caulking check each time. Additionally, if you park under trees while camping you will need to check for leaves & limbs that will not be visible from the ground.
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Old 05-16-2014, 04:33 PM   #4
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If I was going to spend 80 to 150 dollars for an RV ladder I'd get a little giant or some other type of ladder that I could use around the house and just the RV. Something that collapses to fit in your TV or RV.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:14 PM   #5
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One other thing you should be aware of - an RV not factory equipped with a ladder may not have the internal structure necessary to properly support a ladder with the weight of a person on it, let alone a bunch of other stuff strapped to it. There needs to be structural members at the attachment points, and you have no way of knowing where they are without removing the outer skin. I would never consider adding a ladder without the express approval of the manufacturer.

Also, some roofs do not have the underlying structural support necessary to carry a person's weight - in which case a sheet of plywood or a hands-and-knees position to spread the weight would be advisable when cleaning. Again consult the manufacturer to check on roof walking advisability.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:26 PM   #6
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I didn't have a ladder on my first tt and I do on the second ... I am glad I got the option because its always there if I need to get on roof but I am with tinlizzie on the fact that if was not factory installed you really take a chance mounting one in the right place .... I would go with a little giant and just take it with you when you camp just in ca. about 5 years ago our awning blew over the roof and crashed into the slide on the other side and if someone at the campground hadn't had a ladder I wouldn't have been able to get on roof to remove it
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:47 PM   #7
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My Jayco Bungalow does not have an attached ladder either. Apparently not ordered.
My wife says I am too much of a clutz and too old (74) to get up on the roof anymore. So........I hire that work done and they have their own ladder.
Several people have taken a nose dive off of their rigs last winter in our park. Ugly results. Not worth it IMHO.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:28 PM   #8
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I added a ladder to my last TT. It worked out fine and was nice to have. Look for the type with straight ends, that land on the bumper, which sustains a lot of the weight.

Tinlizzie is right. While I added the ladder, if was very apparent that the roof was not designed for someone walking around. I could hear it underfoot. I finally began to use planks to distribute my weight while I was up there
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:47 PM   #9
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I carry this in my TT...


and use traditional ladder at home when washing.
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Ditto here although mine is a different model... works great for a variety of things, even around the house.


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