I have a 21' Werner 375lb multi-ladder that I have been using to get onto the roof of our fifth wheel, which is 13'6" at the highest point. And then take it with us on the road. That ladder is heavy, and un-wielding. So another words, a pain in the ass to use. Plus it takes up a lot of space. I use an old extension ladder while at home. I was thinking of a shorter multi-ladder, then came across telescoping ladders at HD. I like the look of these. The longest one is 15.5 extended. I like the ladder to come up above the roof a little more than that, so as to have something to grab onto when going back down the ladder. When I put up the ladder, I extend it right next to the camper ladder, and tie it off to it. By the way, I am 6'4"/250, so don't want to subject the RV ladder to that. This leads me to start thinking of clamping some kind of sturdy pole to the RV ladder, that extends up maybe 3 or 4' above the roof, that you could remove on the way down. Not something to apply a lot of force to, but just as a backup to keep yourself steady as you put you foot onto the ladder rung, to start down. I am actually getting ready to install the extension pole mounting system for the Starlink dish today. I'm not sure that would make a good candidate for this. Although I may just ops check it and see. I was thinking more of securing a clamp to the ladder, then run a rod through, and clamp that. Has anyone tried this? Thank you all.
Do you have a rear bumper? If yes, a permanently attached set of pipes would drastically strengthen the RV ladder. You could still lay the portable ladder against the RV ladder when climbing but any weight you put on the RV ladder would be transferred to the bumper rather than the back wall.
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I think I understand what you are trying to do, that to get on to the roof a bit more safely. I like useing an extension ladder at home extended above so it's easier to step off on to the roof. The fifth wheel of course is a bit differnet. I just climb up and when my knees are at the roof line or a bit above, I keep hold with both hands and kneel down on to the roof and bascially crawl on to the roof. Trying to evaluate your situation, Thinking of maybe mount the folding door handle on the roof so you could unfold it when you get to that height, but not sure if it would be strong or safe enough. good luck, be safe.
A 3'+ pole has a lot on leverage and should you apply some force it would fail.
For Starlink use the Flag Pole Buddy (I made my own) which you can put up and down while standing on the ground. Use a 8' metal pole that you can store somewhere and mount the base say 5' above the ground which will give you 13' of height. Secure the base of the pole with a pin so that it can't turn. Collapasible metal poles are available.
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