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Old 09-29-2020, 10:28 AM   #1
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Ladder options

I see most recommend a ladder as a necessity in the coach. What’s everyone using as their ladder of choice ?
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Old 09-29-2020, 11:20 AM   #2
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I see most recommend a ladder as a necessity in the coach. What’s everyone using as their ladder of choice ?
I do a lot of work on my coach. I also need to have access to the roof for checks & repairs...

At home.... I use a Gorilla Ladder, 26 ft. Reach MPXW Aluminum Multi-Position Ladder with Wheels, 375 lb. Load Capacity Type IAA Duty Rating.

It's not cheap ($289 @ Home Depot), or super light... but it is easily maneuverable around the coach, allows for pretty easy access to the roof from the "twin step" position (very solid position), and I use it all around the house for a multitude of things..

On the road.... I bought and store an Extend+Climb, Contractor series, CS155+/250 telescoping ladder.

A telescoping ladder is not as sturdy/convenient as the Gorilla Ladder in the twin step mode, but it is light, and easily stowed...

The contractor series is very stout and solid....

It's not cheap ($291 on amazon), but seems to be superior to the many and varied knock off ladders of the same style.. When climbing on a roof, my safety is worth a few extra dollars..

I like that it extends to 15', so when it leans against the coach, it goes above the roof level... making a climb onto/off the roof easier and safer.

If you only need to reach to the top of the sides of your motorhome, and not gain access to the roof (some people never venture onto their roof for personal/safety reasons), I would still recommend those two ladder makes/models. You could then get by with shorter lengths, that would be lighter & cheaper...

The quality of those two particular make/model ladders, however, really impressed me...
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Old 09-29-2020, 11:24 AM   #3
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If you have the space to store it, a telescoping ladder is simple option. This is the one that I purchased, after my winegard travelr turret started acting up requiring me to climb up on the roof to retract it manually (since been replaced by extended warranty). I have used this ladder about 5 times now and it's easy to setup, then stow in basement compartment when finished. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-29-2020, 11:39 AM   #4
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We carry a telescoping ladder in our toad. Very convenient.
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Old 09-29-2020, 11:51 AM   #5
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We carry both a telescoping ladder, and a short 3' step ladder. There are many times that a long ladder is not needed. Obviously, this takes some more space.
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Old 09-29-2020, 12:15 PM   #6
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My coach has a ladder on the rear of the coach to use to access the roof and if ever necessary to access the awning and slide-out covers. To clean the front windshield, clean side windows and do most other chores I carry a Cosco brand tri-step work platform --> https://www.amazon.com/Cosco-Three-S...s%2C205&sr=8-6

I have safely used use the the work platform for a short period of time while wife or son steadied the ladder. This Cosco ladder is very light weight, very stable, folds flat and is stored on its edge across the opening of one of my storage compartments.
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Old 09-29-2020, 01:20 PM   #7
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I have this one:

https://www.littlegiantladder.com/co...t=287884410893

I realize it's not small and takes up real estate in storage but I feel very comfortable on it. Very sturdy and has multiple set up options. Initially I purchased a GP Logistics ladder which I now keep at home. It's a more compact ladder but for climbing on a RV, I want something more sturdy. I know too many friends that have hurt themselves falling off ladders.
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My choice was a GP Logistics ladder purchased via amazon.com:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Incredibly compact and fine for use with the motorhome while on the road.
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Old 09-29-2020, 01:46 PM   #9
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I use a Gorilla ladder at home and in the coach.
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I bought a 15 foot telescoping ladder from Cosco. I got the heavy duty version as Im pretty Heavy Duty. Stows in the storage locker and is great to use. 1 key safety suggestion.

I used it to connect the power cord to the 12v led lights we put on the main awning. I put the ladder against the arms of the awning with no issues. This summer, my co pilot, suggested why I don't put it up against the outside of the awning to climb up on. Sounded reasonable so I did.

Im 6'4" and 250 pounds. When I got to the very top, and started to take the power cord off and to my shock and horror, the awning started to push in and retract. As I only had a little bit of the ladder above the awning, the ladder came down. I rode that sucker all the way to the ground and in the process busted my leg up. Not really busted, but banged it enough that when I got home a trip to the ER was made to confirm no break. Lesson learned. Im 68 and dont bounce as good as I used to. Now is funny, at that moment, it was not. Be careful!
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We just carry a 4' stepladder. If I need something more I can always find one around the CG or borrow one from the CG maintenance department!
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When looking at these ladders as a means to get on the roof, take note of the difference between extended length vs reach. This is similar to the one I bought.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/16-5Ft-Alum...d6WZt0RLBl1krC

I also carry a 7' folding double sided ladder. It folds to 3.5 inches by 4.5 inches, and fits easily in a storage bay.

https://www.amazon.com/GP-Logistics-...0861446&sr=8-5

Here's another one which I saw which looks interesting. Have to investigate further.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/MURPHY-L...ML11/311942417
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One point to add to the discussion: When shopping, compare weights. The GP Logistics 7' ladder only weighs 14 lbs. and some of the other ladders weigh in at over 30 lbs. I already own a folding A type ladder made by Werner but decided I didn't want to deal with the weight of it or have it taking up space where I store folding chairs and tables. And, that is the only storage bay that is good for that typed of ladder.

The compactness of the Logistics ladder makes it easier to store in another compartment with pass through storage and makes it much easier to access and store or remove.

But, I also have a ladder on the back of the Bay Star, so I'm not worried about the GP ladder being tall enough to use for roof access. And, when working at home, I have other ladders I can use if needed.
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I have a cheap telescoping ladder, it is easily stowed in the belly and very handy, I took the ladder off the back of my old rig, it was dangerous and I one time had a bunch of kids get on my roof. Love my telescoping ladder!
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