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Old 06-09-2015, 06:46 PM   #1
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'Bago Surfing anyone?

I think I finally figured out why the rear ladders on motorhomes now seem to be shorter, i.e. they don't start until 5' up or so. It must be to stop the 'Bago Surfers.

What's that you say?
Started back some time ago with I think with the guys that are rock climbers (an almost crazy group to begin with)
I think it was largely from the Joshua Tree area. When climbers would spot an RV coming through their climbing area, everyone drops what they are doing and runs over, climbs up the ladder and 'surfs' the bago down the road. Maybe that's why there are shorter ladders today?

here's a little article that mentions it..

Human-Powered Mountaineers : Ride the Wild Bago

so what about it..anyone here been 'bago surfed?
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Sounds like a goofy, dangerous and could get you shot tradition!

Climb mine and it would be the last one they ever climb. They would find themselves handcuffed to the ladder until law enforcement arrived.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:04 AM   #3
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While I doubt they have that particular practice in mind, I have no doubt that the half-length ladders are to discourage unauthorized people from climbing up onto the roof. It sure makes it harder for kids, vandals, thieves, and other ne'er-do-wells to climb up there if half the ladder is stowed in a basement compartment.

Yes, the lower ladder half does take up some basement storage space, and yes it takes a little extra effort for me to get up on the roof because of it, but I'm glad I don't have a full length ladder. If for no other reason than for the reduction in liability.
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Our 2001 Adventurer had the short ladder with an extension that was normally stored in an outside compartment. It was a royal PITA. Every time you wanted to inspect or clean the roof you had to dig the extension out and attach it to the ladder.


Half the people I know who had this system didn't have a good place to store the extension. Over time it got left at home and more likely than not got thrown out with the trash.


Our 2013 Adventurer went back to the full length ladder.
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I know why I m supposed to have a shorter ladder. First ladder got smunched at a Walmart whilst backing out after filling up with water. (dumpster jumped out in back of me.

Bought a used ladder, and spent 6 hours re fabbing it to fit. Next summer, it was a power pole that did it in. If I had had a short ladder, no damage would have occurred.

We now have the short ladder, and a back up camera!
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If I had had a short ladder, no damage would have occurred.
No damage would've occurred to the ladder, the damage would've probably been to the fiberglass rear cap!

It's probably cheaper to fix the ladder.
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Sounds like Jackass TV stunts.
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