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Old 02-12-2017, 07:49 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I hope to clean, polish, and wax our Casita this spring. I have an 8' extension ladder that I may try using. I will use cut pool noodles on the ladder to protect the surface of the Casita.

I also thought about borrowing my father's-in-law ladders that fold in half and can be used as stands. He has two of them. I could then use an 8' long 2" X 10" board placed over each ladder stand to create an area so I could walk 4 or 5 feet while waxing the top of the Casita. I am not quite sure if this will give me enough elevation or not.

What are your ways for accessing the roof of your trailers in terms of elevation? If you use a ladder, what type of ladder? Do you have some other mechanism for reaching the center of the roof?

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Old 02-12-2017, 08:02 PM   #2
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I use a rolling scaffold.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Metaltech-6...affold/3930243
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:20 PM   #3
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Hey Charlie Y,

Wow, nifty. I like that.

Thanks for the link.

Take care,

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Old 02-12-2017, 09:01 PM   #4
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I have the rolling stairs, like you'll find being used in the big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot.
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I use a Cosco (not Costco) ladder from Menard's which has three very deep steps. I do not wax but use 303 Aerospace, UV inhibitor, by spraying it on the roof and using a cloth-covered mop. (303 cannot be used without removing any wax first).
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:06 AM   #6
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I have been using a 6 or 8 foot step ladder in the folded position leaned up against the trailer with a towel draped over the top to protect against scratches. It works OK but my knees complain a lot!
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:57 AM   #7
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I just use a 6 ft step ladder, only moving it 6 times and the whole roof is done....I have long arms I guess.
Then I can reach the rest from the ground.
The Red Max wax system is just applied with a wet rag so no buffing is required so it's one hour job to do the whole 13ft. trailer.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:17 AM   #8
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Some expensive solutions mentioned... I (also) use a six foot extension ladder that I already own. I fold a scrap piece of thick carpeting over the top end and secure with a bungee cord. Then I lean the ladder against the trailer at a shallow angle (closer to vertical than normal) with the rug in contact with the shell. I climb on the ladder carefully making sure most all of my weight is bearing down on the ladder and not on the trailer. I don't reach out too far so I move the ladder more than six times to wax the roof. I still cant get to every square inch but can wax most of the roof.

I have never seen an official or definitive answer regarding added weight on the roof but it is clear than it should be very little if any. So far my technique has worked OK.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:22 AM   #9
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Hi All,

Lots of great suggestions and improvements on my initial thoughts. I have bookmarked several links. I will definitely NOT put too much weight on the Casita's roof. I have used a standard wooden folding ladder when washing the Casita, but it would not be suitable for the more labor intensive polish/waxing job, plus I can't reach far enough. I have never placed my extension ladder against the Casita. I will pad the ladder at the point of contact with the Casita and experiment a bit. I still like the idea of some type of platform for moving (walking a few feet) left and right as I polish/wax.

I will keep you posted.

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Old 02-03-2018, 06:14 PM   #10
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Hi All,

I wanted to give you a one year update on my question on how you access the the roof of your Casita’s. The top half of the Casita, particuarly the roof was needing some attention. I needed to give it some attention (Poli-Clean and Poli-Glow was the answer, but that is another thread). After reading your responses and doing some research, I decided to purchase some scaffolding for about $150. See picture below. It has worked great! I used it to wax the Casita, but I also used it monthly to wash the Casita before a camping trip. The scaffolding is currently in one of our bedrooms. I am going to paint the ceilings in a couple of rooms, so the scaffolding has multiple uses. Very happy with it.

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Old 02-03-2018, 08:53 PM   #11
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I think the task might be facilitated if you build a device like the one pictured below. Sometimes using a few 2x4s and a few minutes in the workshop will save hours on the job and reduce risk simutanously.

With the trailer rolled over it would be much easier to reach the center of the top and you would avoid the risk of falling so far down from the ladder. Clearly a Win / Win.


I haven't tried this, so attempt at your own risk.

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Old 02-04-2018, 07:44 AM   #12
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Looks good, Dean.

I have a recurring case of mild 3'-itis in which I find myself looking longingly at Scamp 16's... It seems to go into remission every time I wash and wax my 13' Scamp (using a 4' ladder).
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:54 PM   #13
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Looks good, Dean.

I have a recurring case of mild 3'-itis in which I find myself looking longingly at Scamp 16's... It seems to go into remission every time I wash and wax my 13' Scamp (using a 4' ladder).
Hi Jon,

Understood. Stripping the old Poli-Glow from the top half of the Casita and putting on 5 coats of Poli-Glow made me wonder about the work involved in waxing taller, longer, bigger rigs. Definitely a good way to avoid “2-footitis”!!!

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