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Old 10-05-2015, 04:05 PM   #1
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"Little Giant" and Similar Ladders

Without a ladder hanging from the rear of my new DutchStar, which I used often to service the roof "needs" of my previous motorhomes, I have relied on my extension ladder when at home. Obviously, full-timers need a ladder to carry in a compartment. Appears to me the "Little Giant" and similar ladders are extremely bulky for a compartment, but I understand many owners are carrying them along. Do you owners of such ladders find them easier and safer than extension ladders...if you've had occasion to compare the two? If there are sufficient advantages for the "Little Giant" I may well move quickly to purchase one. Thoughts & opinions are requested. Thanks!
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You might also look at the telescoping ladders such as http://www.amazon.com/American-Phoniex-Telescopic-Telescoping-Professional/dp/B00QMRKJJ2/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1444079818&sr=1-8&keywords=telescoping+ladder.

They are available in 16.5', 15.5', 14.5', 12.5', and other shorter sizes. They have about the same stability as an extension ladder, but they are far easier to store in an RV.

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Old 10-05-2015, 07:00 PM   #3
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You can get a feeling for the bulk/size/weight in the store. I've seen that type of ladder in lowes and costco.


The ladder works very well as a adjustable A frame ladder as well. I have one and enjoy the flexibility they provide.

One example would be for cleaning the front windshield.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:11 PM   #4
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I got one of the 15.5' pop up ladders from Home Depot. Turns out I could have easily used a 14' one. I store it in a space between one of the storage bay slides and the sidewall.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input! I carry a 6 ft. fiberglass stepladder in one of the
compartments, and at home I have the 24 ft. extension and an 8 ft.
fiberglass stepladder. Quite possibly the little use I would have for the Little Giant type while on the road wouldn't justify the cost and space it
would require. I'm understanding it would have little advantage over my
24 ft. extension for working on the roof at home. Thanks, again.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:03 PM   #6
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I've go the 17 foot Werner version of a little giant bought from Lowes.
I REALLY like it. its does things standard ladders can Not.
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I also purchased the Werner ladder after spending 8 days away with no way to get on the roof to clean out my condensate pan. I do plan to get something soft to install on the ladder to prevent it from marking up the fiberglass. Either a ladder bumper or a heavy piece of armaflex
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I really like the little giant ladders that I have. I also have a generic. It is not the same quality, but has the same functionality. I am glad I have the space for it as I use it often in various configurations. the weight rating is often higher on little giant style than the telescoping style, if that is an issue.
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Weight is definitely an issue when you are 6'6" and 290 lbs. I purchased a 12.5 telescoping ladder that had a 350 lbs rating. It isn't that I need to get on the roof often, but when I do, I will be self sufficient and hopefully not in need of a mobile RV repairmen.
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My Little Giant has some accessories, such as a removable shelf and ratcheting extensions on two of the legs that help with stabilizing on uneven surfaces. It can also be converted into a scaffold; but haven't used this yet.
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I picked up a Werner multi-position ladder on sale at Home Depot. It is a 22' straight ladder, or an 11' A frame style. In the A frame config. it is great for washing the rig, or for cleaning the windshield. I have a foam pad I use when placing the ladder against the coach. In collapsed position fits easily in bay.
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I use a Werner, like britcon, but mine is the 16 ft (4ft folded). Mine weighs 40 Lbs, and I carry it on my rear ladder.


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I have the 7' GPL folding ladder. It is quite sturdy and folds up to the size of a 4x4 post and fits nicely in the dead space along my slide tray.

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Thanks for the great ideas...good to know of all the excellent products on
the market. I'll debate further which will best suit my needs while on the
road.
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