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Old 03-01-2020, 11:24 AM   #1
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Ladder for your Alpine

Any of you Alpiners who need a portable ladder for roof access, check your local Lowes.

The Redding, Ca. Lowes is selling the Cosco brand 14' telescoping ladder at about 50% off. If you are a veteran take another 10% off. Real bargain for a good product.

Your local Lowes may be offering the same deal.
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Old 03-01-2020, 04:07 PM   #2
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Picked mine up last week. Got the last one in Livingston.
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:14 PM   #3
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We got a 13' telescoping ladder over a decade ago. Haven't used it a lot, but when we needed it, it was great that it extends beyond the height of the coach - especially when getting down when you're over 70.
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Old 03-02-2020, 04:03 PM   #4
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Picked one up today.
Thanks for the tip !!
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I like the fact that it is very compact. My other ladder was a triple section and it was a pain to store below.
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Old 03-05-2020, 12:07 PM   #6
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Just a note on something I became aware of as I just used the ladder for the first time.... the Cosco “14’ max reach” ladder mentioned is 10’8” long. I suppose the 14’ is with a person standing on the last safe rung and the ladder fully extended. It is not what I thought I was buying. It will not reach the top of my coach. Once again, buyer beware.
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Darn, sounds like we need a 16’ in order to get on top of the motorhome.
I guess the 14’ will get used somewhere around the house then.
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For safety you should have a ladder that extends above the coach’s roof 3’, otherwise you have nothing to hold on to.
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By the Cosco measurement I don’t think a 16’ would put the top of the ladder 3’ above the roof line.
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Old 03-12-2020, 08:51 PM   #10
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No factory installed ladder extends 3’ above the roof of the coach. To be safe you should have a 42” handrail, a knee rail and a toe kick installed around the perimeter of the roof that is capable of withstanding 200lbs of lateral force. Otherwise, stay off the roof.

I prefer a telescoping ladder to the cheesy vertical ladders affixed to most coaches. It is much easier to climb. Whether you extend the ladder 1’ or 3’ above the roof, secure the ladder to the coach with tie-down straps or rope to prevent the bottom from kicking out. Tip: An unsecured ladder that extends 3’ above the roof will be more likely to kick out than one that extends 1” above the roof when you grab ahold of it to maintain your balance.
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Thanks for the tip. Ordered one today
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MY opinion, over 70 should stay off MH roof. One slip will change your life forever.
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MY opinion, over 70 should stay off MH roof. One slip will change your life forever.
Could be life changing for those under 70 as well. Gravity being what it is.
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Agreed but I still have a few years before that!!!!!
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