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Old 08-20-2020, 09:01 AM   #1
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Adding a ladder?

Has anyone ever added a ladder to their egg? Been thinking about the possibility but concerned about structural issues, not to mention adding several holes and potential leak points where it's mounted..

Or anyone with good ideas re: something portable.
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Old 08-20-2020, 10:00 AM   #2
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whats the ladder for? you cant or should not be on top of the trailer. Once i found out I was getting old and should not be stretching out over a ladder anymore. i bought Harbor freight yellow scaffold to work off of. this works well for roof and waxing work on top of the trailer but does make as much more work than a ladder but a whole lot safer. get it at a price reduction before you need it. I got mine at sale and 20% off coupon. but the coupons you need to read the restrictions carefully.
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Old 08-20-2020, 10:10 AM   #3
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I carry a folding 6' step ladder in a 5" fence post under my trailer. More photos on my Escape 21 Modifications Page.
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Old 08-20-2020, 10:41 AM   #4
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Thanks Steve. I have been informed that the Bigfoot roof is extremely solid (by other owners as well as Grant at Bigfoot - I was investigating adding roof air). I am always careful up on anything like that (like I would probably use a scaffold if I was doing a full wash/wax - wet fibreglass would be like wet ice!) but I am not concerned about a weight issue on a Bigfoot. Would be nice to be able to get up there if I'm on the road and discover anything that needs addressing while I'm away from my ladder at home.

And Jon - I will take a look at your mods page and see what I might be able to work with on the BF. Thanks.
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Old 08-20-2020, 03:53 PM   #5
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when you described as egg trailer I was not assuming a big foot their hardly egg shape but as you are aware bigfoots are heavy duty. personally I work on small stuff up top while camping through the escape hatch in my little 13 foot Scamp. my bed it under the escape hatch.
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Old 08-20-2020, 04:47 PM   #6
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Sorry Steve, I guess I was being a little general regarding any fibreglass trailer & an add-on ladder. The Bigfoot has good weight bearing roof, but just looking for a good ladder option. I have a 6’ folding step ladder but that’s no good for travel and too short to use for accessing the roof anyway. My other home option is a 24’ articulating ladder that is a monster to deal with.
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Old 08-20-2020, 05:31 PM   #7
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I added air conditioning to the roof of my Bigfoot 17" it weighs 100 pounds, I also climb on the roof every spring to clean and polish I weigh 180 pounds.


This past spring I added a Satellite dish another 55 pounds and still crawl around on the roof. The RV guy told me at the time the roof will easily support the weight.
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Old 08-21-2020, 06:16 AM   #8
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I have a 6’ folding step ladder but that’s no good for travel and too short to use for accessing the roof anyway. My other home option is a 24’ articulating ladder that is a monster to deal with.
How about a telescoping ladder like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Luisladders-A...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
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Old 08-21-2020, 06:49 AM   #9
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More holes = more potential for leaks. I'm a fan of the telescoping ladder above. Also note, a portable ladder can be used for anything on the tow vehicle or the trailer. A fixed ladder gets you to one spot on the trailer.

There is a version of the ladder above with a stabilizing base.

The ladder Jon references is also interesting, stores compactly, but is not as tall.
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Old 08-21-2020, 07:41 AM   #10
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Ladder for Bigfoot?

Deb;
The manuals that I got for my Bigfoot B17 CB show the exact locations where the reinforcing wooden structures are, under the fiberglass at the rear of the unit for ladders or accessories. I'm pretty sure that the same would be available for the B19. In my manuals, several of multiple years, that information is located near the rear of the manual.
Otherwise, using a good sonic stud finder may allow you to map out the underlying wooden support structures that, I'm sure, are there.
Good luck.
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Old 08-21-2020, 09:14 AM   #11
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Ladder for Bigfoot B19 info found!

Deb;
Good News! If you go to the Manufacturers Section on this Forum and download the Bigfoot-CS_Manual, you will find the exact info for installing a ladder and/or roof railing on the B19 on page 14.
Can't get any better than that!
Again, Good Luck.
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Old 08-21-2020, 10:21 AM   #12
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Deb;
Good News! If you go to the Manufacturers Section on this Forum and download the Bigfoot-CS_Manual, you will find the exact info for installing a ladder and/or roof railing on the B19 on page 14.
Can't get any better than that!
Again, Good Luck.
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I was looking at those telescoping ladders as well, for just the reasons you listed Bill, Alex. More versatile and they don't weight much at all. And I did see that model with the stabilizers. I liked that one.

Thanks for the help folks.
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I was looking at those telescoping ladders as well, for just the reasons you listed Bill, Alex. More versatile and they don't weight much at all. And I did see that model with the stabilizers. I liked that one.

Thanks for the help folks.
The nice thing about having the separate telescoping ladder is that you can use it for other things. When I go camping at a campground in the woods, I use the ladder to hang a large tarp over the picnic table or over the tents of people camping with me. I use bungee cords hooked into the grommets on the tarp so I can set it up and take it down without harming the trees.
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I used an ordinary 8' step ladder for the times I went up on the roof of our Casita 17.

Never had a reason to go up there when on a trip.
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Old 11-03-2020, 07:19 AM   #15
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I am using Stromberg Carlson LA-401 Exterior RV Ladder. And one great thing that I happened to like the most about this Stromberg Carlson 139.21 LA-401 Exterior RV Ladder is how it works well with almost all RVs. Regardless of whether your RV has a flat or a sloping rear end, this ladder will be able to fit onto it perfectly, somewhat showing its versatility.
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