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Old 09-18-2017, 03:33 PM   #1
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How do you access your roof, when there's no ladder?

I like the clean lines of the Newmar's without the rear ladder, but how are you getting up there? It is nice once in a while to give it a bath, and check on things.
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:16 PM   #2
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Hi RickyR,
Consider this 10.5 Foot Telescoping Extension Ladder - Regal Ideas 1400E - Ladders - Camping World
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I'm looking at getting the 12 foot version off amazon. Less than $100. 300 lb weight limit.
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Is your roof designed to be walked on ?

otherwise get a collapsible ladder at least 2 feet taller than the roof line
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:21 PM   #5
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16' Xtend-A-Climb for newer Newmars that are 13' 6" tall. Stores in tray with no problem. Cut swimming noodle for third rungs down and can place it anywhere on the coach with enough rungs above the side of the coach to get on and off the roof. Telescopes in to 34"

Got my ladder at Sherwin Williams.
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:39 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies.
My current RV has a built in ladder, and use the upper mounts to keep my hose from scraping the sides when I wash the roof. A collapsible ladder may get pushed over and will need assistance to get off of the roof...It would suck getting stuck on the roof, with no one around... What do y'all use when you wash the roof then? Guess I should have incorporated that also in my question...
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:43 PM   #7
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Great tip on the telescoping ladder, I've never seen one before.

I just bought one from Amazon.
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Telescopic ladder.
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I don't go on the roof.
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How do you access your roof, when there's no ladder?

My DS has an attached ladder, but I won't use it. The math tells me it's strong enough, but I'm not trusting enough. Besides, it's vertical, and I don't like vertical ladders. So I use my Newmar ladder as a rack to store my real ladder all folded.

Made by Werner, configures as an 8ft step ladder or a 16ft straight ladder. For roof access I lean it up right beside my kitchen slide. This has no topper since it's under my awning. At 16 ft there are 2-3 ft extending above the roofline for a secure hand hold, and close beside the slide I can use the slide top as a large, safe final step.

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We ordered our Bay Star without a ladder. I wouldn't get on that spindly thing if you paid me. I don't plan to walk around on the roof either.

We're leaning towards a Gorilla Ladder. Looks like a Little Giant knock off but the price is much nicer. 99 bucks for the 13 foot version, 159 bucks for the 17 footer. They can be configured in many different ways, even becoming two separate step ladders, probably great for those wash/wax days.

The 17 footer, probably the better choice, only weighs 34 lbs and is only 55 inches long. Lifetime warranty and they are rated for 375 lbs. They sell them at Home Depot.
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I don't miss the built in ladder at all. I also carry a 16' telescoping ladder that I use for windshield cleaning when traveling. With a coach height of 13' the ladder provides a nice safe way to get on the roof if necessary.
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This is the ladder I bought. The ladder should go higher than the 13' roof as in the previous post. The extra hight helps a lot with the transition from the roof to the ladder.

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When traveling I use a 15' telescoping ladder pretty much like the one below (it has about a 330lb capacity). At home, I have a wheeled hydraulic man-lift that I also use to wax/polish the big girl as well.
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