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Old 10-28-2022, 03:01 PM   #1
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Still waxing your motorhome? Scaffolding is worth its weight in gold!

I still wash, wax and buff out imperfections our motorhome. Don’t know why, but never considered scaffolding. Always thought it would be too heavy and time consuming. I’m getting too old for a ladder, so this year I went to harbor freight and found just what I needed… $216 with a coupon. This scaffold is a one person operation, reasonably stable and the perfect height for a motorhome. Now I can keep all my supplies right on the platform with me…. No up and down the ladder. The wheels make it easy to move down the length of the coach. So if you are still using a buffer on your motorhome with a ladderClick image for larger version

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Looks good Joe, I've been thinking about getting something safer than a ladder but I'd want it light and easy to move around and a small storage size. Getting to the point where I need to start downsizing and I'm trying not to keep bringing more stuff home. My MH is only 25' and under 11' tall.
If I had an unlimited budget and storage I would just get a scissor lift! Or hire someone!
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Joe…do yourself a favor and buy the guard rails that go with this Scaffold system… I have been around scaffolding all my working career and I have seen many a tradesman simply step off because they are preoccupied with what they are doing. Just my 2 cents….
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I was telling my wife I was going to buy some scaffolding yesterday after spending most of the day on a ladder ..... she thought I was nuts. This looks perfect and now I'm waiting for Harbor Freight coupons.
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I'm going to second the guard rail, I have scaffold and won't stand on the top without a rail.
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice on the guard rails! I’ll start looking for some tomorrow.
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I have had these for years. Sold my Perry brand when I moved and wish I had not. These other brands are crap. I bought one and add additional clamps to make it more stable. I pay someone to wax the rv, I still use it for other things around the rv and comes in handy at home. But I agree with others, if you are using it at that height, I would get the guard rails, at least length wise so you have something to grab onto.
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For those that still use ladders... a couple of tips I found useful.
I sometimes do some polishing & "waxing" (used to be polymer but switched to ceramics) while traveling and taking a scaffold section not practical.
I have one of the collapsible step ladders that I store in a Sq tube under the MH frame
It's the kind with rungs on both sides
I built 2 plywood "platforms" that span the rungs on opposite sides and has wood strips on the bottom that match rung spacing to prevent any movement... one at the highest rungs ht for placing buffer, compounds, rags,etc. One a couple rungs below which a comfortable working ht.
The lower platform provides a rather comfortable place to stand vs the very narrow rungs and having the upper platform greatly reduces the # ups & downs.
Everything is easily removable for storage and the platforms take up next to nothing in storage space as they are flat.
I have never done the whole MH in an extended session... I'll do a section at a time, in the shade, and take a break...
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You might want to think about taking some pool noodles or pipe insulation and attach it to the side you put up against your coach. That will prevent damage or scratches should the scaffolding ever make contact to your coach.
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Old 10-29-2022, 07:52 PM   #10
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My problem with step ladders is sometimes I think I am at the bottom rung but I am still at the second rung and I step out into air. Not sure why, could be because for many years as an electrician I used all different sizes of step ladders from 4 foot to 12 foot.
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I also have a HF scaffold and use it as needed around the house and coach. I would recommend using outriggers which makes the scaffold much more stable, especially working while standing on the upper levels. I believe HF also sells the outriggers if I recall. I was lucky and found my scaffold on CL for $80 and was in perfect shape.
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Thanks for the info on the outriggers. I am new to using scaffolding, but love it! I’ll check HF to see if they have accessories.
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