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Old 06-10-2021, 11:25 AM   #1
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Use of ladder against trailer - Safe?

I will be going to look at a 2016 ORV WR 250RDSW this weekend. The rear ladder was damaged and removed by owner. I plan on taking my extension ladder (https://www.harborfreight.com/home/h...der-63419.html) with me so I can take a look at roof.

Is it harmful to roof / wall structure or RV molding / edging at roof edge by leaning ladder against it? I taped foam around section of ladder that rests against the trailer so as not to scratch/gouge anything.

I do not plan on walking on roof, only placing it on sides and rear to good a good look at things/roof.

Thoughts?
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It should not be an issue.
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:08 PM   #3
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I pad the rails of my ladder with sections of pool noodles cut about 12" long.

You could just ignore it and put the ladder up against the drip rails, but if something happens......just say'n.
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Old 06-10-2021, 05:50 PM   #4
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Never have used the trailer ladder to access roof, never will!! I do use an extension ladder when I need to go up there, which is very few times. I usually put foam rubber or rags at the top where the ladder verticals lay against the drip rail. Never had a problem. Not really that much pressure against the side of rail. You should be ok, use some padding as mentioned or noodle, and climb away!!!
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Thanks! I sure hope this is a clean and well kept rig. I can live with a few repairs, but nothing extensive. It is 5 years old and apparently driver brushed/hit a tree or two to cause ladder getting bent and door frame getting a small crease

That's why I'm going to look......pics can be deceiving
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Checking out the roof.

I would certainly put a padded ladder against the trailer. Actually go on the roof. Get on your knees and feel with you hands for any soft spots. Be careful on the roof!! Roofs are expensive to replace. Best of luck checking out a potential RV.
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