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Old 03-28-2012, 08:16 AM   #1
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Roof Ladder and Retracting Slide

Just bought a Flagstaff 25KS last month. Haven't used it yet but wondering if I can put a ladder on it to get to the roof. I'm 250 lbs so wonder if it is even OK for me to get on roof.
Also asked the tech during PDI how to manually retract the slide and he did not know. The manual shows a picture using an electric drill on the end of a motor but where is the motor. Thanks for all your advice to this old man new to camping.

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #2
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I have always been told that if the unit did not come with a ladder installed it is not recommended to walk on. If you do I would throw some plywood down to help spread your weight. If your slide is on the right side then the motor would be on the left. you will see a whole in the skirt to reach it. At least that is the way mine is set up.....But I have been wrong before

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Old 03-28-2012, 11:04 AM   #3
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Roof: I am up on mine about once a month during the season (March - November) to check the caulk, clean and maintain. I'm 172lbs and have never felt the roof was unstable. Besides, how else are you gonna maintain it? Having said that, I wouldn't do a jig up here.

Ladder: I am of the opinion that the less holes in the outside of my trailers the better. I wouldn't do it but I've seen plenty who have added one.

Slide: Hard to imagine a tech who can't answer that question for you. Each model is a little different so I'll let others who have your trailer help with that.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:10 PM   #4
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I had a 33 foot travel trailer with no ladder. I took it to a dealer to see if they could add one on. They said no because there was no structure in the end to attach the ladder to except the sidewall and lamination which would not hold the weight of a person. The only way to find out would be to take it to a dealer. They would know. The problem with a lot of the light weight trailers is they do not have the normal studs at every 16 inches. Good luck.

I ended up buying a compacted ladder and brought it everywhere I went.

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