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Old 02-01-2016, 11:42 PM   #1
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Good ladder to take along?

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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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.

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We own one of the Werners, and to me they are pretty heavy and bulky
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We own one of the Werners, and to me they are pretty heavy and bulky
Yes, very heavy.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:04 AM   #5
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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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Old 02-02-2016, 09:51 AM   #6
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Not sure, but I think this might be the one Jon uses, or at least like it. There are a few makes like this out there.
Compact Folding Ladder by GPL for RV's or Home Use - PPL Motor Homes

How high up does one need to go? There are some lightweight folding 3 step stools that would get you up 30", or so. Like this one.
Aluminum 3-Step Super Slim Step Stool | Canadian Tire

What I carry all the time in the truck for work, is an telescoping ladder. A smaller, lighter version might be available, as this one is a definitely bigger than needed, and is not real light.
15-ft Telescopic Ladder | RONA

Here is a shorter version, though not sure what the weight is.
http://www.rona.ca/en/ladder---telescopic-ladder
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:57 AM   #7
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Maury:

We have one like this. Not sure who manufactured ours but the action is similar. Also not sure the length we have, likely about 12'.

We've been pleased. It works well for getting up to the roof and also getting to the cargo rack on our XTerra.
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Not sure, but I think this might be the one Jon uses, or at least like it. There are a few makes like this out there.
Compact Folding Ladder by GPL for RV's or Home Use - PPL Motor Homes

How high up does one need to go? There are some lightweight folding 3 step stools that would get you up 30", or so. Like this one.
Aluminum 3-Step Super Slim Step Stool | Canadian Tire

What I carry all the time in the truck for work, is an telescoping ladder. A smaller, lighter version might be available, as this one is a definitely bigger than needed, and is not real light.
15-ft Telescopic Ladder | RONA

Here is a shorter version, though not sure what the weight is.
12.5-ft Telescopic Ladder | RONA
The first one is the type I have. There are at least 2 companies making them, different styles (some with steps on both sides; nice but heavier) and different heights. I have a single sided, 5' ladder (the 6' would be a little too wide for my storage under the 17) from GP Logistics purchased at Amazon. It fits in a 5" fence post.

I've seen the 15' telescoping ladder here at Quartzsite on sale for $100.00 (an import, not the same brand). It is nice for the height it goes to & folds into a relatively small package, but is not self standing, which I wanted.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:52 AM   #9
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I carry this one:
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Its tall enough to do any cleaning/maintenance on the road.
That Stik ladder looks interesting...
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The Escape 5.0TA is 9'7" tall. Why would a 12 or 15 ladder be considered?
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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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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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I just bring along my 6'5" girlfriend, she has long arms also....
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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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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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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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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?
Julie
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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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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