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Old 10-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Who needs a roof ladder?

So, you bought a Lacrosse just before the new Touring Edition was announced and you're really upset because you think you really NEED a roof ladder?


I did, but I think I've found a great solution. I saw a "multi-ladder" on sale recently and it started me thinking. It can be used as a 5', 4' or 3' step ladder, a 7'-11' extension ladder, a multi-height stair ladder, or as twin A-frames, and it packs small enough to fit under the bed. A rear-mounted roof-ladder is single purpose, but the multi-ladder does way more. This is the one I bought: 13' Multi-Task Ladder - ES-13T11G1 | Vulcan Multi-Task - Vulcan Ladder Company


Here's a few pictures taken today during our 4th shakedown trip at Niagara County Camping Resort.


Washing the bugs off using the 5' step ladder



Brushing the leaves off the slideout with the 11' extension ladder



Roof access?



Stored under the bed (with my Shaw Direct Satellite dish)



BTW, the ladder I bought was regular $199(Cdn) on sale for $129 but I just saw a similar (but lower quality) one at Wal-Mart for $79.

I think this is a pretty cost effective solution.

Bob
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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Home Depot had the 12' Little Giant (a quality product) for only $88 this past weekend.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:06 AM   #3
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Those are great ladders. I use a 7-foot one around home all the time.
Super strong and stable.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:21 AM   #4
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Yup....that's the same type ladder I drag around with me....it does work fine , but is just more stuff to drag around....and you have to be real careful when you extend it and lean it against the trailer as it will bend/scratch the drip rails on the sides.... I usually set mine up like this and step on the slide to get on the roof....and yes , you can walk on the slides without issue....same frame as roof...


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Old 10-10-2012, 08:51 AM   #5
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While I have heard that people walk on their slide roofs, I am always leery about doing it. One thing, the roof on the slide is nothing like the roof on the camper.
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While I have heard that people walk on their slide roofs, I am always leery about doing it. One thing, the roof on the slide is nothing like the roof on the camper.
well, i said the "frames" were the same ....(ie aluminum)..i guess i shoulda said they had similar weight bearing capabilities.....

while the roof is a truss setup on 5" centers with a 3/8" deck coated with a one piece rubber, the SLIDE roof is actually BONDED aluminum frame (ie aluminum, foam insulation, luan, and fiberglass all sandwiched and high pressure bonded together (eternabond as prime calls it)....THEN a one piece rubber membrane.

as short as the slide ceiling is, and given its structure, i cant see it being any weaker than the main roof......in fact, prime mentions the "walk on" capability of the slide as an industry feature, and uses it in thier marketing.....

(from primetime)ETERNABOND Feature –Laminated, Aluminum Slide Roofs

Your slide out roof is one of the most critical
areas of your RV so LaCrosse goes the extra
mile to assure your complete satisfaction
and long term durability. These strong roofs
are designed to support hundreds of pounds
and can easily be walked on during
periodic maintenance or to clean off
debris.

either way, im only 5 foot 7, so i need a dang ladder to get up there!! LOL
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Best ladder to carry in your RV, always had one even with camper ladders on our units.
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Yup....that's the same type ladder I drag around with me....it does work fine , but is just more stuff to drag around ...
Your ladder seems to be the large one like the one I got for home use. One of the main attractions in the 13' model is that I can reach everywhere I need AND it just stays under the bed at all times as I bought it for RV use only.

BTW, I must have a ladder fetish as I have two 21' extension ladders, 13' and 17' multi-purpose ladders, plus 10', 8', 6', 5', and 2' stepladders

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yeah the one in the pic is a 21ft extending...the one i had in the camper was a 12.5ft extending.....

but to be completely honest i dont use any of those anymore, as i now have a telescoping type one....its like 15ft fully extended and 3ft collapsed down...pretty nice, but does not make into an a frame like the others....kinda pricy for what it is as well....but it fits in my storage compartment now..

on a diff note, how do you like the fsr xc comp???

we ride a couple of stumpjumper expert carbon evo 29ers.....im old school still like the hardtails....we ride a couple of roubaix for road and triathalon....always liked the specialized line....used to race competetively way back when on a custom rockhopper!! no disc brakes and the forks had elastomer in em! LOL
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... on a diff note, how do you like the fsr xc comp???

we ride a couple of stumpjumper expert carbon evo 29ers.....im old school still like the hardtails....we ride a couple of roubaix for road and triathalon....always liked the specialized line....used to race competetively way back when on a custom rockhopper!! no disc brakes and the forks had elastomer in em! LOL
I really like the FSR xc comp - it's a 2009 model, so it has lockout on both the front and rear suspensions. The other one is actually my old '98 FSR Comp that became Sandy's (with upright bars and a gel seat added!) after I got the '09. I used to ride a lot until I got back into motorcycling in 2000 (I quit working in '99), and now I'm lazy and take my bike off-road instead of riding the MTB. But, the '98 served me really well - I've ridden it in Moab, Sedona, Crested Butte, Vancouver North Shore, Banff/Canmore, Stowe, etc. We usually winter in Tucson so I get lots of bicycle and motorcycling done in Jan - Apr

I see now where the "ironj" comes from ... you must be in great shape to do triathalons.

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