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Old 11-29-2016, 12:23 PM   #15
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Getting up and down safely from roof. What's your method?

I use this Werner folding ladder. Configure as an 8ft step for general purpose, and unfolded to 16ft straight for roof access.

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For roof work I place it as described by Lv2Roam and use the slide top as the top step both up and down. Very comfortable setup. For traveling, the ladder folds down to 4ft long and hangs on the attached rear ladder.

I've looked at that installed ladder numerous times, counted the attach points, counted the individual mounting screws. I've calculated and know in my head that the ladder should hold me without difficulty, but I cannot bring myself to trust it. I have also (in the service) had some experience with vertical ladders. Didn't much care for them-- and that was when I was young and crazy!

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I do what Deandec does except I have knee pads on to save the kneecaps while kneeling and groping for the top of ladder and top step.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:57 PM   #17
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Now I feel lucky because I never thought much about climbing up or down. I've been climbing vertical ladders up the side of commercial buildings for over 40 years so 12 feet to the ground doesn't bother me much. For me just doing it without a lot of thought seems to make it easy.
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Old 11-30-2016, 06:00 AM   #18
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I use one of these and a safety platform built onto a pallet with a place to attach a safety harness (mine is the same model as this random web picture, but the paint is a little more faded and dinged), it will lift 2000 pounds up to 106 inches off the ground. Only problem is I need a helper around to operate the lift lever. I paid $800 for it at a government surplus auction about 10 years ago, the only thing wrong with it was a broken 99 cent fuse holder for the onboard charger. The things our government throws away, your tax dollars at work, ....


p.s. I am paranoid about falling these days as I broke my back (split compression fracture of L2) in 2010 and spent 4 months in a full back brace, and am just now getting back to near full mobility 6 years later.
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Thanks to all who replied. I love this forum and its contributors!

I especially like the idea of placing a ladder at an angle up to the deployed slide and use the slide top as a step to the roof.

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Old 11-30-2016, 09:30 AM   #20
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Climbing ladder

To me some people are nimble and in really good physical condition and can tackle hazardous tasks such as climbing a vertical ladder up to a slippery roof and then risk their hide coming back down. You fall she's all over. For the big guys of the RV world , don't attempt it , you worked all your life , have the Coach you enjoy and your going to risk serious injury or death over the once a year or so you need something done on the roof ?? Forget it , lots of service pro's with the right equipment. JMHO
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My MH doesn't have a ladder so I bought one of the 15' extendable ones from Home Depot. Works well and extends above the roofline. I do need to find some better bumpers and someone suggested canoe pads. Guess I need to get out and look at some.
I use foam pipe insulation for bumpers on my extension ladder. I use velcro to hold them in place. Easy on/off with the slit down the center of the insulation.
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