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Old 07-10-2019, 01:19 PM   #1
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Telescoping ladder height

I have a 2016 320A Supersport fifth wheel. It does not have a side ladder. How tall should I get one of these ladders in order to safely get on top of the fifth wheel? I currently use a multi position aluminum extension ladder which is quite heavy and takes up a lot of space. I want to save space and weight yet also have a ladder to get to the roof and clean the slides off.

What length would you go with?
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Old 07-10-2019, 01:40 PM   #2
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I have a 2016 320A Supersport fifth wheel. It does not have a side ladder. How tall should I get one of these ladders in order to safely get on top of the fifth wheel? I currently use a multi position aluminum extension ladder which is quite heavy and takes up a lot of space. I want to save space and weight yet also have a ladder to get to the roof and clean the slides off.

What length would you go with?
How tall is the lowest point on your roof?
For safety....the ladder should always be MINIMUM 2 rungs higher than your climb off height.
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:58 PM   #3
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For extra an extra margin of safety I always have a ladder that's 3' higher than the edge of roof that I access. that allows you to hold the ladder to steady yourself as you step off the ladder onto the roof and off the roof onto the ladder without having to bend over.
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Bama’s right. 3’ above the landing. So you will need a 20 ft ladder to cover you after you level your trailer. However they are expensive. Your better off just purchasing one and having it installed on your RV. Almost 1/2 the price. That way you don’t have to lug it around or set it up. Be Safe !!!
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:26 AM   #5
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Bama’s right. 3’ above the landing. So you will need a 20 ft ladder to cover you after you level your trailer. However they are expensive. Your better off just purchasing one and having it installed on your RV. Almost 1/2 the price. That way you don’t have to lug it around or set it up. Be Safe !!!
Call the factory and ask them before you make that decision. Some RV's do not accept aftermarket ladders as they do not have the support built into the wall structure to have them added. Some are built the same way regardless of if that option was selected or not and can be added on afterwards.

I certainly wouldn't trust a dealer to put one on until I knew from the factory where to mount it and that it was okay to add an aftermarket one.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:07 AM   #6
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:47 AM   #7
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Telescoping ladder height

Here’s a cheap one if you wanna check it out... I ordered my 12.5 from Walmart on clearance and have been happy with it and I’m fat.

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Old 07-18-2019, 07:49 AM   #8
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I won't buy any aftermarket ladder and put on that fiberglass. I have seen too many have damage doing that.
My current ladder is a Little Giant 17' that is tall enough so I think a 17' telescope model will work for me. Menards only seems to carry the 14' model. I had hoped to use some cash back and the 11% off to grab one but 14' isn't tall enough.
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Here’s some advice for any aluminum telescoping ladder:

1/ Try to keep it protected from the elements when not in use.

2/ When it gets wet, dry it off as well as you can before storing it.

3/ Use only silicone spray on the rung release/lock tabs if they ever need lubrication.

4/ Never use any standard lubricant or WD-40 on the tubes if it becomes difficult to extend or retract — read next item.

5/ Use Pledge Wipes to clean and lubricate the tubes when necessary. This works well.

Those five things are just some of the things I remember while I was on the phone with an engineer at Xtend+Climb. Item 5 was the solution to the reason I called them in the first place.

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Old 07-18-2019, 11:11 AM   #10
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I think my telescopic ladder is 14', it works great and amazon $68, they can pinch your hand so be carefull, it looks just like the previous posters pic, love it
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I won't buy any aftermarket ladder and put on that fiberglass. I have seen too many have damage doing that.
My current ladder is a Little Giant 17' that is tall enough so I think a 17' telescope model will work for me. Menards only seems to carry the 14' model. I had hoped to use some cash back and the 11% off to grab one but 14' isn't tall enough.
I have the Werner version of your Little Giant ladder that I bought from Home Depot up here. At 17 ft. long, its the right length for leaning against the back of our 5er - I have 3 rungs above the top of the wall - but its much heavier and more cumbersome than the telescoping ladders. If they weren't so pricey up here (almost double the price of the Werner), I would have gotten the telescoping ladder. It's a great choice if the price is reasonable.
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I have a 2016 320A Supersport fifth wheel. It does not have a side ladder. How tall should I get one of these ladders in order to safely get on top of the fifth wheel? I currently use a multi position aluminum extension ladder which is quite heavy and takes up a lot of space. I want to save space and weight yet also have a ladder to get to the roof and clean the slides off.



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I can offer a picture of what mine looks like and where it is mounted. Lots of good advice on this post.
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