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Old 12-17-2011, 01:14 AM   #1
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Can't crawl on the roof no more!

A couple years ago I resealed the roof on my old class C. Now I have a newer, taller and longer Class A. And I also have a new knee and can't crawl on my knees anymore.

Has anyone tried some kind of a scaffoling system to gain access to the roof to work on it just by reaching across standing on the scaffolling?
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:02 AM   #2
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any way you can park by your house or other building on your property and be able to get to the roof of it and slip across to the RV roof?
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:09 AM   #3
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Take a look at Bakers scaffold. It is easy to set up alone and stores in a relatively small area. Not sure how the outriggers would effect your reach to the coach. If you can work off a 6' high (single level) outriggers would not be needed unless you were working with an extremely heavy load off one side, not likely for coach roof work.

You could also look as S or W style scaffolding. No need for outriggers at 12 foot high but you wouldn't use wheels like Bakers scaffolding so moving would be difficult, disassemble/reassemble. Not easily done by yourself.

The fact that you need to be over a single level (6') is going to limit your choices in terms of easy setup.

The scaffolding available at home improvement stores is ok for single level but would be unstable and risky at the 2nd level. I look for low cost alternatives where safety is not an issue. I would consider working at any height over 4' to be a safety concern (so does OSHA). Look for something sturdy and secure.

Here is one site for Bakers and others Rolling Multipurpose Bakers Style Scaffold - Scaffolding, Rolling Multipurpose Bakers Scaffolding from Scaffolding Depot
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:05 AM   #4
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Welcome to my world, I just got my 2nd new knee.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:55 PM   #5
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Can you still go up the ladder? My knees can't take kneeling either so when work is required on the roof I take a small plastic step up with me. It's about 12" high so low enough I can get at what I need to but allows me to sit instead of kneel.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:57 PM   #6
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I have a new knee and a Bakers scaffolding from Harbor Freight. Does it make working and washing a breeze.

That picture from up above post is the same one Harbor Freight sells for $169 on sale. I bought two of them. You can stack them so when you fall you not only break something, You get a chance at killing yourself. HA.
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:29 PM   #7
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One option I am considering is to borrow a friend's Econoline Van. It already has a heavy duty roof rack (He installs carpets and flooring). I figure that I can secure a sheet of plywood to it and have a movable rig.
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Ah! I have the solution. My wife does the roof.

I have pictures to prove it.
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Ah! I have the solution. My wife does the roof.

I have pictures to prove it.
Poor Earline! She must REALLY love you.

I don't have a spouse to send up the ladder and my old knees won't allow crawling anymore. I've perfected a butt-scooting and crab-crawling technique for such activities.
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I don't think anyone wants to watch Wayne butt scoot.
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Another vote for the Harbor Freight scaffold. If you can park with several feet of paved surface on even one side, the scaffold makes the high jobs much easier. Move the coach for access to the other side or front/rear if applicable.
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My local hardware store rents tools, and they show a scaffold on their web site just like the Harbor Freight one that can be rented for $10 a day.

So renting as needed might be another option if you only need it once in a while... save some money and storage space.

If you don't have a local Harbor Freight where you can buy the scaffold (we don't), shipping looks pretty expensive and apparently costs extra if you can't take it off the truck yourself.
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With the Harbor Ft. Scaffold, are you able to get onto the top using the scaffold?

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Another vote for the Harbor Freight scaffold. If you can park with several feet of paved surface on even one side, the scaffold makes the high jobs much easier. Move the coach for access to the other side or front/rear if applicable.
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I have worked on/off scaffolding a few times, Should work,, But why..

Though I do admit to crawling around on my roof doing work that would normally be hired (Like air conditioner and/or sat Dome repairs) fact is, routine maintenance. I stand up.
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