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gbopp

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Posted: 05/15/20 02:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a fear of heights or a condition that will not allow you to get on the roof, ask a friend or bite the bullet and hire a mobile RV Tech.

I have a 96 Southwind with the same configuration. I don't mind getting on the roof. However, I did try scaffolding on both sides with planks between each. It didn't get me close enough, safely, to do the job. To me it's easier and safer to do the job from the roof.
When you start using planks, ladders, forklifts etc. around the windshield you can easily have a bad ending.

And while you're working on the clearance lights, replace them with new LED units. Caulk them well, they will be trouble free and last a long time.

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Not a fear of heights just don't like that there is no railing or anything on the sides. It's only 12 feet but might as well be standing on the ledge of a skyscraper. Might ask the place that did the inspection if they can replace it.

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A ladder at that angle to get over the windshield would not be very safe, even if tied off. In my volunteer fire days, safest set up for a ladder was 1 foot out for every 4' in height. Possibly one of the 4section articulated ladders,if you or a friend have one.
By the time you rented scaffolding, it would probably be cheaper just to pay someone, young person in neighborhood with mechanical skills, or even a small neighborhood shop.

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atikovi wrote:

Not a fear of heights just don't like that there is no railing or anything on the sides. It's only 12 feet but might as well be standing on the ledge of a skyscraper. Might ask the place that did the inspection if they can replace it.

I'm with ya on that! I've been on the roof of my travel trailer and now fifth wheel dozens of times over the years but this Spring, when I was up there, it felt different. I wasn't nearly as sure of myself as in the past. When I climbed back down, I stood there and said....What the h*ll happened to me!


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You could rent a bucket lift, but it would be costly. Probably cheaper to pay someone to do what you need done unless you have other needs for the lift. Given the angles, it would probably still be an awkward reach.


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Posted: 05/15/20 11:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In a similar situation, I used two ladders on either side near the windshield. Then I got a Werner extendable aluminum plank, and put it across the steps of the ladder across the front of the windshield. Then climb one of the ladders and go out on the plank. This setup needs to be on a solid surface where the ladders will be stable. I felt comfortable enough to work with that setup.


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My rig is .. about the same shape.

Ladder makes contact ABOVE the windshield Depending on how far you have to reach I'd suggest strapping a 2x whatever plank to the "back" of the ladder to give you some more "Toe space" as you pass the windshield. Cloth cover the plank.

(I actually use a rubber like "Bumper" designed for the job)


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I don't have a problem once I get on the roof it's getting on and of the ladder where I'm uncomfortable. Especially since I mounted my sat dome to the side of the ladder. I use a small scaffold to get on and off the roof now. Much easier and safer in my opinion.


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atikovi wrote:

Not a fear of heights just don't like that there is no railing or anything on the sides. It's only 12 feet but might as well be standing on the ledge of a skyscraper. Might ask the place that did the inspection if they can replace it.


12 feet will do it depending on how you land
Oh and I'm a confirmed acrophob.. I still work on my roof but I'm a confirmed acrophob. I don't much like it up there)

Now I am not 100% sure of the angle on your windshield. On mine the ladder (when hitting above the glass) is at the proper angle

To tell if a ladder is at the proper angle.. Turns out you have a built in protractor (Well most folks do) Place the toe of your shoes against the feet of the ladder.. Reach out and grab the rung closest to sholder height.

Arm straight. Hand nicely wrapped around the run (Like you would wrap it around say the handle of a hammer) Proper angle

Fingers barley touching Too flat
Hits your wrist not hand Too steep.

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Posted: 05/18/20 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hire a mobile tech and have ALL the clearance lights replaced with LEDs (will last many, many years) and to reseal the lights while the tech is up there. Maybe even reseal the whole roof is necessary.


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