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Old 06-03-2018, 02:25 AM   #1
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I want to wax the top of this 210. I am not comfortable having a ladder in the open position alongside the RT, and turning sideways to wax the top. Can I get any opinions/recommendations/comments, whatever, about putting blanket around the top of the ladder, leaning it against the RT and taking care of the chore? I did it with the 190, but that was metal and this being fiberglass, I have not a clue. Ron
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:18 AM   #2
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I want to wax the top of this 210. I am not comfortable having a ladder in the open position alongside the RT, and turning sideways to wax the top. Can I get any opinions/recommendations/comments, whatever, about putting blanket around the top of the ladder, leaning it against the RT and taking care of the chore? I did it with the 190, but that was metal and this being fiberglass, I have not a clue. Ron
I would hire someone to do it!

You know.. falling off of a ladder or the top of your rig is a really big deal...
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:14 PM   #3
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I put a ladder up against the side all the time, but try not to put it at any more angle than needed. I put a towel over the top of the ladder to keep any abrasion down. I try to stay atleast a few inches away from any window opening. The fiberglass is very solid IMO.
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An inexpensive, rubber backed carpet bath mat is a good solution to protect the Roadtrek from being scraped by a ladder that is leaned up against it.

And it won't slip off either...
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:29 PM   #5
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Thanks all. Grandson said he would handle it. Ron
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Propping up an unsecured ladder against an RV or for reaching any roof for that matter is an accident waiting to happen.
I used to do this myself, until our Safety Officer reprimanded me since we've had numerous accidents using a ladder in that manner.
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Propping up an unsecured ladder against an RV or for reaching any roof for that matter is an accident waiting to happen.
I used to do this myself, until our Safety Officer reprimanded me since we've had numerous accidents using a ladder in that manner.
You won't be enjoying your RV if you fall from the ladder..
Get someone who knows what they're doing with the proper equipment.
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I use (and always carry) a Telesteps 1400E telescoping ladder.

There's a long roof rack on my rig and I bungee cord it in place so that there will be no catastrophes of the ladder-crashing-down sort.

I use two pieces of closed cell pipe insulation to cover the ladder rails that make direct contact with the side of the van.
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If you have a Little Giant Ladder, you could use the scaffold method.

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I used a balcony in Grand Isle State Park once to inspect my roof.

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Davydd, I like your style....you nailed inspecting/cleaning the top! Ron.
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Working smarter keeps us safe. I use a 8' steep ladder on my RV with a roof height of 10'. I put foam pipe insulation on the top step which protects the paint. A towel wiil work just as good. Be sure to tie or tape the towel in place.
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As I said, my grandson stepped in an said he would handle it. I have had my near fatal experience with a ladder - during a NorEaster in '95, I was going to attempt a second story roof repair for a neighbor, who had a tree limb go thru the roof and into a closet. Long story short, ladder slid on the wet deck....I landed across the ladder. 4 days later I awoke with broken shoulder, wrist, six ribs and a lung diaphragm frozen closed. It took almost a year before I went up again, just to erase the fear. I never think about it now, old age and common sense finally arrived. Ron
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Good choice of getting a younger person's help. A few years back during extensive work on mounting solar panels, the fan and the awning I bought a scaffold from HF and sold with minimal loss after I finished all roof work. Recently I had to clean solar panels and just lean a tall ladder against the van with good protection to prevent vanís damage.
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As I said, my grandson stepped in an said he would handle it. I have had my near fatal experience with a ladder - during a NorEaster in '95, I was going to attempt a second story roof repair for a neighbor, who had a tree limb go thru the roof and into a closet. Long story short, ladder slid on the wet deck....I landed across the ladder. 4 days later I awoke with broken shoulder, wrist, six ribs and a lung diaphragm frozen closed. It took almost a year before I went up again, just to erase the fear. I never think about it now, old age and common sense finally arrived. Ron
Hey Ron I'm trying to act my age. But I'm only 72 so roof shoveling is on in January. Better being safe than busted up on the ground.
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See your neighbor getting cable? Ask the cable guy if you can use the cherry picker for a few minutes. Offer him a beer and let him watch TV in the rig. He'll say yes. Trust me.
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It depends on the area. In newer subdivisions, there are no above-ground lines of any kind, and thus no cherry-pickers. Everything is underground.
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