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Old 10-03-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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Spending Time on Roof of DSDP 4369 in Particular

With my previous coaches I found myself frequently on the roof, cleaning
and otherwise maintaining. Now, I seem more hesitant, having to get out
the extension ladder and whatever else is needed at the time. Has there
been a recent discussion of such a topic that someone can refer me to? Or,
perhaps I can begin one with this. I find my roof needs fairly-often cleaning, and goodness knows what else is waiting up there that is calling
for attention. I recently saw a like coach in for service that had the ladder
installed, which I didn't realize was an option. I'd much appreciate some
chatter on this topic...is everyone just as quick to haul out the ladder and
"tools" and head for the roof? Many thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 10-03-2015, 08:57 PM   #2
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Our two Dutch Stars both had ladders, our Magna doesn't. Had to buy one of the pop up ladders and used it today to finish polishing the front of the rig, put 303 on the vent tops and skylight. Will probably be back up there tomorrow to put on a vent cover. I think I should also spray 303 on the whole roof as it's chalking a little, that's something the BriteTek never did!!
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Old 10-04-2015, 03:19 AM   #3
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In some coach's they no longer install ladders not sure your coach and years had the option.
If it did the rear cap would have wood imbedded in the fiberglass cap and you can have it installed.
Every spring was roof cleaning time on my coach because I have pine trees around the house and pine pitch had to be removed.
I always used Turtle Wax car cleaner and it cleaned and polished the Brite Tex roof in one operation.
You can do a search at top of main page of this forum to find what others do for their roofs plenty of threads on subject.
If Newmar says a ladder cannot be installed most people get the fold up ladders to gain access to the roof.
Roof needs to be checked out for dried seams and seals around the roof areas and in QT's # 3 there are threads on water leaks and what to do about them.
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Old 10-04-2015, 03:54 AM   #4
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With my previous coaches I found myself frequently on the roof, cleaning
and otherwise maintaining. Now, I seem more hesitant, having to get out
the extension ladder and whatever else is needed at the time. Has there
been a recent discussion of such a topic that someone can refer me to? Or,
perhaps I can begin one with this. I find my roof needs fairly-often cleaning, and goodness knows what else is waiting up there that is calling
for attention. I recently saw a like coach in for service that had the ladder
installed, which I didn't realize was an option. I'd much appreciate some
chatter on this topic...is everyone just as quick to haul out the ladder and
"tools" and head for the roof? Many thanks for your thoughts.
We have the same coach as you and yes I go up there often. I have a little giant ladder which in the "A" configuration is high enough for easy access. For safety sake I also ware a harness attached to the truss in my building. A 12' fall will not have a happy ending!
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:40 AM   #5
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Appreciate all the input, thus far. Heaven forbid many may have to HAVE
their roofs serviced as frequently as it surely needs it. I'm asked by Newmar to take my coach to the dealer in the a.m. to have the MCD night
shade at the driver's left inspected before authorizing a replacement.
Completely reasonable...but, what a hassle getting such a rig ready and
on the road to and from the dealership! Part of it, I know and appreciate.
Just saying that we must, whatever it takes, to insure that all on the roof
top is "well". While I've purchased an extension ladder to get me on the
roof, I no doubt need to invest in a ladder such as the Little Giant "A". No
idea what it weighs and how much compartment space it requires. More
thoughts welcomed. Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:08 AM   #6
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I carry a little giant model 17 ladder which is 7 ft as A frame and 15 ft as extension in slide out tray. Also had model 22 that is 9 ft as A frame and 19 ft as extension. It also fits in slide out tray. Model 22 takes up a lot of storage room. Model 17 easier to store. I have rear ladder on coach so I use mostly for reaching around upper side areas of coach and construction work I do.
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:42 AM   #7
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Larry, my 2014 has a ladder, but I can't think of a time that I used it while on the road. Here's some thoughts. I carry the folding 7' ladder (folds into 4" square) that Camping World sells. I us it primarily for washing the windshield and some waxing while on the road. I don't like climbing up the long loader on my coach, not sturdy enough for my big butt. When on the road or at home, I always climb a 7' "A" frame ladder and then the last few feet on the coach ladder.

Maybe you can have a short ladder made, about 5' that would hook onto a support mounted on the roof of your coach and then hang down the back with pads that would rest against the rear cap. If it was light enough, you could carry it up an "A" frame ladder, hook it on and then climb the rest of the way. If a mount was added on the roof and resting against the back cap, it should be plenty strong.


Obviously, this would only be used when you need to access the roof while on the road. It wouldn't take up much space and you still need a folding ladder for the windshield.
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:28 AM   #8
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The reason they don't put ladders on many models is the Girard Awnings. After they install those along with rear and driver side matching trim the ladder clearance would be too high. Per some standard (RVIA maybe?) the upper hand rails must clear structures by some minimum standard which forces the ladder to be too tall for clearance height requirements.

2015 is when DSDPs got Girard awnings as standard thus...bye bye ladders. With Girard awnings...there is no option to add a ladder. Newmar won't do it so if you want one...you are on your own.
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:59 PM   #9
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Great input, fellows! Though I have a tall fiberglass stepladder and a 24 ft
extension, I'm on my way to purchase a carry-along, as discussed. Again,
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