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Old 04-12-2015, 02:10 PM   #1
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Question Step Ladder, carry, why?

we see a lot of folks with stepladders strapped to rear roof ladders, what are pros and/or cons of hauling the step ladder around?

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Old 04-12-2015, 02:16 PM   #2
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I believe the carrying of step ladders is so you can clean off the slide top before retracting if you don't have slide toppers . But I might be wrong,

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I have the Carefree awning that does not droop down to clear the leaves and debris when I roll it up. Also, I need to clean solar panels now and then. The ladder will be used if, God Forbid, a leak occurs.
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One uses is to gain access to the top of the slides to sweep off debris from trees that may cause problems when pulling in the slides.

Window washing, light bulb changing or hanging lights.

Con: if not secured correctly it could fall off, that would be very bad.
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:35 PM   #5
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If you need one; there is no substitute.
Had to do emergency awning maintenance that would have been impossible without one.

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Amen, Herk! On our way to Colorado last June, we ran into massive winds while going thru Kansas. The slide topper started to flutter and wound up ripping about 6". Pulled in to a rest area to repair it. Had no ladder. Nobody else had a ladder, so they said, to loan. I talked a tanker truck driver to pull next to my rig so that I could use the ladder attached to his tanker. I managed to bungee both ends of the slide topper with the help of his tank ladder. I've been carrying a step ladder since. Wife didn't get any pics. Later that night at the campground, the news said the winds had blown a semi truck & trailer over in the area we were making the repairs.

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We carry a 4' ladder n the pickup...just to sweep off the top of the slides before moving them in. Not enough to get on top.....but it does serve its purpose.
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I "usually" carry a 6 ft'er. BUT, I have mine over a bicycle ladder rack. Then 6 HD zip ties, 2 to hold the ladder sections and 4 to secure it. I believe the rear cap would fall off before the ladder😃.

Anyone with those "collapsable" ladders, please share experience.
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I carry an 8ft. one in the bed of the TV. I use it and an auto windshield squeege head on a short painters pole to clean off the slide out. It is also insurance when something falls on the roof during a storm. I can check it out and make repairs as needed.


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