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Old 06-08-2015, 07:47 PM   #1
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Ladder Safety

Two quick points:

1. If the roof is wet, whatever needs to be done up there can usually wait until the roof is dry. The only time I nearly fell from an RV roof was transitioning from the roof to the ladder (coming down) and the roof was wet.

Lesson learned. I figure (but can't prove) most falls occur when transitioning from/to the ladder. It is true in the airline industry, so stated in the training video they make us watch once a year.

2. Put all your stuff in a bucket, and haul the bucket up with a rope. One end of the rope tied to bucket handle, the other just tossed over your shoulder. Or throw one end of the rope over the RV. NEVER try to haul tools up there in your hands while climbing a ladder.

See picture. All that stuff came up and went down in the bucket.

I just had the notion someone was going to fall off a ladder this weekend.

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Old 06-08-2015, 08:54 PM   #2
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Good advice.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:25 AM   #3
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I try to stay off the roof. I can reach most places to clean and put on roof protector from a ladder going around the RV. If I am checking the ACs for wasps nests then I must get on the roof, but never when it is wet.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:42 AM   #4
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Two quick points:

1. If the roof is wet, whatever needs to be done up there can usually wait until the roof is dry. The only time I nearly fell from an RV roof was transitioning from the roof to the ladder (coming down) and the roof was wet.

Lesson learned. I figure (but can't prove) most falls occur when transitioning from/to the ladder. It is true in the airline industry, so stated in the training video they make us watch once a year.

2. Put all your stuff in a bucket, and haul the bucket up with a rope. One end of the rope tied to bucket handle, the other just tossed over your shoulder. Or throw one end of the rope over the RV. NEVER try to haul tools up there in your hands while climbing a ladder.

See picture. All that stuff came up and went down in the bucket.

I just had the notion someone was going to fall off a ladder this weekend.

Hell I fall off of ladders anymore, I just stay off it. I think with age you lose your agility. I fell going to the bath house at a CG. My wife say's it was the beer and I said it was my feet... I'm no longer allowed on ladders. But your right never get on a wet roof.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:52 AM   #5
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I use my ladder every trip. I get up and sweep off the slide before pulling it in. If it's wet, I just don't stand. One more tip... these RV roof ladders are not designed for someone with much... uh... girth...... so keep your weight in in close to the ladder and centered.
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Great info. Also remember when washing roof it get slick. Rinse good before climbing down. Later RJD
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:30 PM   #7
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I bet I have spent 30 hours up on the roof of my 5th wheel this year.

Replaced tank vents.
Replaced air vent lids.
Re-caulked just about everything looking for a pesky leak.
Replaced the shower skylight bubble.
Repaired the radio antenna.
And scrubbed and cleaned the daylights out of it.

That elevator-bucket got a lot of use.

Advise to wanna-be RV buyers. Pick one you like and crawl up on the roof. Do you like it up there? Good! You are going to spend a surprising amount of time up there!
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