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Old 02-02-2016, 12:04 PM   #11
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The Escape 5.0TA is 9'7" tall. Why would a 12 or 15 ladder be considered?
Not sure anyone was considering 15', but if you can find a telescopic one shorter, do list it, as I like that style. Not too concerned about free standing.
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:10 PM   #12
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My 17' Escape tops out at 8'2". In 6 years I've not found it necessary to reach anything on the roof while camping. What goes on up there I don't know about?
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:11 PM   #13
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I just bring along my 6'5" girlfriend, she has long arms also....
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:29 PM   #14
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I would have liked one in Utah, had a heavy coat of red dust on everything and I wanted to clean off the solar. Did it from the truck bed eventually. That's the only need so far.
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:57 PM   #15
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While I have yet to get one, I like the fold up that Jon takes with him, if I recall correctly it fits in a pipe or fence post attached under the trailer like the stinky slinky. Something like this one. They call it a Stik ladder.


This ^^ I have seen the one Jon has and it is on my LIST!!!

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Old 02-02-2016, 05:19 PM   #16
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Julie and I will be hitting the road full-time in a 21 in August. We are looking for a good ladder to take along for the ride that won't take up too much space. We will need to wash the trailer and get to the roof to take care of the solar panels.

We are looking at the Little Giant 13 and the Werner 13. Any opinions?

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Even though you will be fulltimers, a ladder will probably not be needed that often. You could do what some fulltimers do who have small trailers and that is to go to other campers with big units and borrow a ladder. In the meantime, you might see a few ladders to see what you like best. We usually take at least a two-step stool with us.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:58 PM   #17
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My 17' Escape tops out at 8'2". In 6 years I've not found it necessary to reach anything on the roof while camping. What goes on up there I don't know about?
Oh you wish we would tell you! Just kidding!
But seriously, we will be full-timing with two solar panels and from what I've heard we have to keep the panels clean.
Is that true?
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:23 PM   #18
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Oh you wish we would tell you! Just kidding!
But seriously, we will be full-timing with two solar panels and from what I've heard we have to keep the panels clean.
Is that true?
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I've had to clean mine twice since November here at Quartzsite. Blowing dust after a rain can cake mud on the panels. My 5' is just a little short for safe climbing & me at 6' - I'm on the top step to reach the middle of the panel.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:36 PM   #20
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Thanks for all this great discussion. We're eager to get all set up but with so many options, it's probably wise to get out there and see what people are using. Can't wait to attend a rally and meet some of you folks! I like the idea of bumming off my nice neighbors with the big monster RV's until we get set up. :-)
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