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Old 11-07-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Is a telescopic ladder a good choice for getting up to my sprinter roof?

Considering one of the aluminum telescopic ladders as sold on eBay and Amazon for accessing my Sprinter RV rooftop for solar install and routine maintenance. Generally $75-100. Wondering if anyone has tried one and if so, what your experience has been. Would you consider them a safe and stable ladder choice or not?

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Old 11-07-2019, 05:32 PM   #2
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:45 PM   #3
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Haven't had any issues with mine, I used it a lot to install my solar. Very handy, not very heavy, takes up little space.
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Haven't had any issues with mine, I used it a lot to install my solar. Very handy, not very heavy, takes up little space.
Did you somehow secure the top of it or did you simply lean it against the rain gutter? I have some stand up paddle board suction cups,....thinking I might use pipe foam insulation on the part that contacts the rain gutter and then secure the upper portion with my suction cups.

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You can buy small brackets that attach to some racks and those hold the top of the ladder very well
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Did you somehow secure the top of it or did you simply lean it against the rain gutter? I have some stand up paddle board suction cups,....thinking I might use pipe foam insulation on the part that contacts the rain gutter and then secure the upper portion with my suction cups.

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I have just leaned it against the area above the gutter, mine has some plastic spots I put against it. It has rubbed the paint a little but, nothing major, but we are about to repaint the van so I wasn't concerned. Going forward I plan to get some foam inserts that would hook to the sides of the ladder, I'll see if I can find the link -- months ago someone suggested them but I forgot about it.
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I've been looking at them on Amazon; Seems like there are hundreds of them,....and every one of them has some negative feedback where a step or latch broke after a couple of uses and threw someone on the ground.

I bought one years ago from Home Depot for attic insulation inspections,.....it DID throw me on the ground the first time I used it,.....customer was standing there intrigued by it,....until I started to climb up it,....got to the 3rd or 4th rung when it collapsed enough to drop under the garage ceiling attic opening where the ladder had been supported,.....now no longer supported by anything,....the ladder and I went crashing down on the concrete garage floor landing on my back on top of the ladder and a lawn mower..........nothing broken but my pride,......horribly embarrassing,.....could have been much worse,...potentially could have broken my back. I still love the concept,.....just nervous about them.

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I've been looking at them on Amazon; Seems like there are hundreds of them,....and every one of them has some negative feedback where a step or latch broke after a couple of uses and threw someone on the ground.

I bought one years ago from Home Depot for attic insulation inspections,.....it DID throw me on the ground the first time I used it,.....customer was standing there intrigued by it,....until I started to climb up it,....got to the 3rd or 4th rung when it collapsed enough to drop under the garage ceiling attic opening where the ladder had been supported,.....now no longer supported by anything,....the ladder and I went crashing down on the concrete garage floor landing on my back on top of the ladder and a lawn mower..........nothing broken but my pride,......horribly embarrassing,.....could have been much worse,...potentially could have broken my back. I still love the concept,.....just nervous about them.

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Did the ladder fail, or was it not "locked in" properly? I'm on ladders every day for work, and the chances for incidents like this seem to increase exponentially with my age....
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I have never had a such issue but saw similar reviews. This is partially why I splurged on one that was about $30 more than most the others but had no such reviews. Each rung has a lock on each side and when locked they expose a green arrow. The instructions are very clear about checking each one before using the latter so I always have. Takes less than 10 seconds with the green dots.
It does bow a little but I think with the telescoping parts it can't really be avoided. I try to keep a higher angle as it bows less.

Here is the one I bought
Xtend & Climb 760P Xtend+Climb Telescoping Extension Ladder, 225 Lb, 1-1/2 in in, 10.5 ft, Red https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002WPZRJU..._BMkXDbQMM2NV9

Unfortunately it looks like price has gone up a lot and no longer fulfilled by Amazon.
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I use mine all the time. http://https://www.amazon.com/gp/pro...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 is the one I purchased
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