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Old 10-10-2018, 01:30 PM   #1
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Need a starter ladder for the back of the coach

We have recently purchased a 2001 Holiday Rambler Ambassador. the rear ladder is 6ft off of the ground. the starter ladders I have seen advertised usually max out at 4ft. what is the recommended solution to reaching the rear ladder from the ground? use a 6ft step ladder, this seems unstable to me. I am open to ideas on this?
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:40 PM   #2
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Took me 3 years. I found one in an rv used parts place. It came off of a trailer but I was able to move the stand offs to make it work. $60!
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:46 PM   #3
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You could use this one if applicable;

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...ts/SP504L.html
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:18 PM   #4
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So, are you missing the bottom half of your ladder?
Early Monaco ladders had a bottom half that folded up and later Monaco's had a bottom half that you stored in the basement.
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:15 PM   #5
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At 260+ lbs. I wont even think of getting on that ladder. I have a 12' folding ladder rated to take my weight that I keep in the basement. No, I wont sell my lower unit that I store in my shop at home cuz it might be needed when/if we ever sell. TB
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You could use this one if applicable;

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...ts/SP504L.html

Looks like someone has already figured it out!
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Most of these pointed out are way too short for mine. Mine is 6 feet long.
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I bought one of these - https://www.amazon.com/Xtend-Climb-7...scoping+ladder - and I've left the bottom section of mine in the shed for the last 9 years.

BTW, for a while I carried the lower section hooked over the top section and held in place with velcro straps, but the telescoping ladder is WAY more useful. Get the silicone anti-scratch top rung cover for it.

https://www.amazon.com/Xtend-Climb-P...8DWG3YES4409N2
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I carry a 6ft. step ladder held up to the top bottom of the basement bays with rubber straps. ( it is actually above the basement access doors) take up no room as that area is useless anyway
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I also carry a 7 foot step ladder and a telescopic ladder. There were times where they are both useless to get on the roof. That is why I added a starter ladder back on the rig.
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I also carry a 7 foot step ladder and a telescopic ladder. There were times where they are both useless to get on the roof. That is why I added a starter ladder back on the rig.
John, I don't think I was clear about how I use the telescoping ladder. I never use it to climb onto the roof. It is good for getting to the side of the roof, but to climb up I use it to get to the bottom of the fixed ladder and mount the roof from that.

Saves a lot of space in the storage bay to leave the lower part at home.
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John, I don't think I was clear about how I use the telescoping ladder. I never use it to climb onto the roof. It is good for getting to the side of the roof, but to climb up I use it to get to the bottom of the fixed ladder and mount the roof from that.

Saves a lot of space in the storage bay to leave the lower part at home.
Understood. There are times when the ground is uneven to place either ladder up to the bottom of the fixed ladder. I have had too many close calls trying this.
I now carry all 3. The starter ladder is stored on the fixed ladder (in my case).
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Understood. There are times when the ground is uneven to place either ladder up to the bottom of the fixed ladder. I have had too many close calls trying this.
I now carry all 3. The starter ladder is stored on the fixed ladder (in my case).
I am far too timid to put my motorhome on an uneven surface! I mentioned that I used to cary mine strapped up, just made me worry about it coming off. That may have been a too active imagination, but I relaxed when I took it down.
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