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Old 02-06-2020, 02:50 PM   #1
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Do you carry a stepladder when traveling?

The nice lady we bought our 5er from included an inexpensive 6' aluminum stepladder that she said her and her late husband carried in the basement when they traveled.

In our limited so far camping experience I've seen at least a few stepladders either leaning up against the camper or strapped to the roof ladder on the back of the rig.

My question is, do you carry a stepladder when you travel? If so, what do you use it for? I don't really want to give a ladder space in my basement, so for a bonus question, how do you get it attached to the roof ladder on the back of the RV? I gave it a look today and am not sure how I could tie the top of the stepladder to the roof ladder without removing the spare tire and standing on the bumper. Either that or I need a 2nd stepladder to do that job.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-06-2020, 03:02 PM   #2
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I carry one of the collapsible ladders, it's taller than a step ladder (14') and takes up less space in the basement.
I've used it to reseal a window when camping, and I've also used to get stuff off the top of the slides. I have slide toppers so couldn't get to it from the roof.

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Old 02-06-2020, 03:03 PM   #3
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We carry a step ladder from camping world folds to 4 inch square 7 foot long and has steps on both sides ,I use it to clean top sides of motor home,takes up very little space.
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Old 02-06-2020, 03:26 PM   #4
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We carry a 4' step ladder. It's for the sometimes hanging stuff from the awning or checking things out on the sides of the trailer.
I pack it in the trucks bed. I use it for getting in and out of the truck while packing stuff in and out.
Doesn't take up much room and is more than handy to have at times.
I have a roof ladder so don't need a ladder much taller.
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Old 02-06-2020, 03:29 PM   #5
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Almost bought one. Looked around & so many people carry them. Easy enough to borrow one. A ladder has been needed less than 6 times in over 1800 nights on the road.
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Old 02-06-2020, 03:32 PM   #6
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I don't but have wished I had one at times - usually nothing critical, just things like clipping a tree limb or getting stuff off the tops of the slides. My 5th has extremely limited storage or I'd probably bring something.
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Old 02-06-2020, 03:41 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by heySkippy View Post

My question is, do you carry a stepladder when you travel? ...

Thanks in advance!
Duh! Where are you going to set your cold beer when setting up camp?

Seriously it's good trip when do I not need it. Got hit broad side by a dust devil that formed came across the road and disappeared. Did a number on the slide cover awning. Had to use the ladder to untangle it.

Routine uses are washing windows and checking the area above the slide.
Store in a basement pass through and sometimes in the shower or on the bed.
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Old 02-06-2020, 03:57 PM   #8
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collapsible ladder, 14' and is only about 26" collapsed
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Old 02-06-2020, 04:00 PM   #9
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I'm waiting on delivery of a 14' telescoping ladder. Our Sunstar does not have one on the back, and it's difficult to add one.

There's too much stuff up on the roof for me to not have access on a long trip.
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Old 02-06-2020, 04:04 PM   #10
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A 4' ladder stays in the truck bed,,, always
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Old 02-06-2020, 04:13 PM   #11
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I keep a 6' fiberglass ladder in the basement. If I traveled all the time, I'd be taking my collapsible ladder, even though it's much heavier.

I'm tall and I use a telescoping pole with a scrub brush hooked to a water hose. With the 6' ladder, I can easily clean all of my trailer.
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Old 02-06-2020, 04:20 PM   #12
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I carry the same one wrapped does.
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Old 02-06-2020, 04:46 PM   #13
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Yes, a 7' fiberglass one in the basement.
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Old 02-06-2020, 06:57 PM   #14
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Lol - I carried and used an 8' step ladder that fit in the bed of my 8' bed nicely. I used it to keep the 5th wheel clean.

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