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Old 05-08-2017, 07:07 PM   #1
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Little Giant ladder mod

The LG ladder is by far one of the best ladders I have. Glad I had to use up air miles.

At first I put a piece of pipe insulation foam on the top rung so that I could sort of kneel on it when reaching onto the roof. That works, sort of. For waxing the roof I decided to make a small platform that sits on top of the two top rungs. This is a wham-bam project, 10 minutes tops. It's held in place by two cleats that drop between the rungs. Since the rear rung is slightly lower it slopes towards the trailer. That's a bonus. It's much easier on the back kneeling and reaching rather than standing leaning forward and reaching. Put on a layer of 1/2" foam and stapled some scrap vinyl over it. Perfect, if I don't say so myself.

For horrified onlookers, I have step ladders where doing this would be asking for a brutal fall. But the Little Giant provides a rock solid platform even when reaching to the center of the roof. 10 minutes well spent.

Enough work avoidance, still have half a roof to do.

Ron
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:09 PM   #2
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Thanks Ron - I have a Little Giant and am going to make one of those too!
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:27 PM   #3
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That looks like a great solution Ron.
I'm tired of wobbling away on the one I have now. Think this is on the to do list.
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Is it safe to walk on Escape trailer roofs?
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:29 PM   #5
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Is it safe to walk on Escape trailer roofs?
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The LG ladder is by far one of the best ladders I have. Glad I had to use up air miles.

At first I put a piece of pipe insulation foam on the top rung so that I could sort of kneel on it when reaching onto the roof. That works, sort of. For waxing the roof I decided to make a small platform that sits on top of the two top rungs. This is a wham-bam project, 10 minutes tops. It's held in place by two cleats that drop between the rungs. Since the rear rung is slightly lower it slopes towards the trailer. That's a bonus. It's much easier on the back kneeling and reaching rather than standing leaning forward and reaching. Put on a layer of 1/2" foam and stapled some scrap vinyl over it. Perfect, if I don't say so myself.

For horrified onlookers, I have step ladders where doing this would be asking for a brutal fall. But the Little Giant provides a rock solid platform even when reaching to the center of the roof. 10 minutes well spent.

Enough work avoidance, still have half a roof to do.

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Great mod Ron . I know the "little giant " is a great stable ladder , but be careful we aren't getting any younger . Pat
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Well, nothing ambiguous about that answer .. good thing I do own one of those type ladders so your mod will come in handy. Thanks for the quick feedback.
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Old 05-08-2017, 08:49 PM   #8
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Which model of "little Giant" are you guys using, looks like there are several
Models.
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Wonderful solution, Ron! Something we all can use! Thanks
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Funny- I was telling another 21 owner yesterday the LG was probably my favorite ladder. I proper it up fairly vertical and use a rubber backed carpet on the driver side and just lean it up against awning on the other side.

Will have to compare that to kneeling; the one downside of the ladder is narrow treads so I wear stiff sole shoes.
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Well, nothing ambiguous about that answer .. good thing I do own one of those type ladders so your mod will come in handy. Thanks for the quick feedback.
Lol, sorry, but didn't want to leave you with any doubt....
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Which model of "little Giant" are you guys using, looks like there are several
Models.
I'm using the 300 lb. rated "Revolution" What I especially like is that there is zero contact with the trailer. No need to pad the trailer which is nice when you're moving the ladder to a new location several times.

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I'm using the 300 lb. rated "Revolution" What I especially like is that there is zero contact with the trailer. No need to pad the trailer which is nice when you're moving the ladder to a new location several times.

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17 right Ron . Pat
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The best prices seem to be at Home Depooot on those. Looks like they have special buys on them.
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No need to pad the trailer which is nice when you're moving the ladder to a new location several times.

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I don't pad the trailer. I pad the ladder. The pipe insulation stays attached as I move the ladder.
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I don't pad the trailer. I pad the ladder. The pipe insulation stays attached as I move the ladder.
So who gets to work from the ladder, you or your son-in-law? I've spent years leaning off the top of ladders, sometimes wondering if it was a smart thing to do. After finding out how much nicer it is to work from a rock solid platform I don't think that I could go back to a leaning ladder.

Pat, right, 17

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So who gets to work from the ladder, you or your son-in-law? Ron
It's been me, washing the roof. The ladder is secure. It's similar to yours, in that it can be configured as a step ladder or as an extension ladder. I prefer using it leaned against the trailer ( more secure ) than as a step ladder, next to the trailer.
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Little Giant MegaMax 17 Ladder w/Air Deck

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prefer using it leaned against the trailer ( more secure ) than as a step ladder, next to the trailer.
I'd be OK doing that when using a brush to reach to the center of the roof but for leaning that far onto the roof to reach the center with my hand I've found that the ladder wants to do bad things.


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Old 05-09-2017, 02:20 AM   #20
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I have that ladder and I agree the treads are narrow I can't climb it with my broken foot!
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