Ladders for Motorcoaches

So many ladders, so little space.

When we were at our house, I would just grab one of my ladders from the garage and get to work on the coach.

Nothing special about this ladder. Just a general purpose ladder that I had picked up from a big box home improvement store. For the odd jobs around the house: painting, changing lightbulbs, and anything else that might call for an extended reach. Like washing the coach.

Was it a good ladder for a coach? No. It was too big to fit into any of my bays and it wasn’t high enough.

This was how I used to get onto the roof of the coach.

The ladder only extended about ten feet or so. I would prop it to the sidewall of the coach, lift a leg high and over the roof line, and pull myself up and around.

Likely not the safest move for a man in his sixties.

The return trip down from the ladder wasn’t much easier. The top rung was almost 3-feet below the roofline. Yikes.

When we started travelling full-time in our coach, I knew that I would need to get some ladders.

The first one came from Camping World. It was a 7-foot folding ladder, aka a STIK ladder.

This ladder is very, very handy for working around the coach. Especially for cleaning the front cap and windshield. I use this ladder all the time for washing and detailing the coach. It easily fits into the space beside my slideout tray in the basement of our coach.

The only problem with the STIK ladder?

It is not high enough to reach the roof.

I was fortunate in that I had been able to borrow ladders from our friends in the RV community whenever I needed to get up on the roof.

But it was time. Time to become an independent, climb up to the roof, RV owner.

A new ladder was required.

So I started doing the research. My oh my. There are so many opinions on ladders. And so many different types of ladders.

Ultimately, I decided on the Xtend + Climb 785P.

Part of what sold me was this picture from their website.

Man, why stop at just one of these ladders? I could fit dozens of them in the trunk of our SUV. But Lorraine held me back as she often does when I start using Amazon’s click to buy buttons.

The Xtend + Climb 785P is their tallest telescoping ladder. It opens to 15.5 feet making it a very safe ladder to scale to the 13-foot roofline of our coach. It also retracts to a compact 3 feet making it very easy to store in the coach.

The ladder is a bit heavy at 36 pounds. Stable although I would never scale the ladder without a person supporting the base.

Part of what sold me was Marc’s video on how he uses his Xtend + Climb ladder.

This thread from the iRV2 Newmar Owner’s Forum was also helpful in reviewing the various ladders that people use to climb up to the roof.

My new ladder arrives tomorrow. I will need to pick up a couple of pool noodles to ensure that the body of the coach is protected from any possible ladder scratches.

Finally. My very own telescoping ladder.

2 replies
  1. Van
    Van says:

    Smart decision, you’re going to love it! That 3’ drop off the old ladder looked scary. Exactly why being able to step off the 15-1/2’ tall model is needed. Had mine for over 3 years. Have used it countless ways, including hundreds of times for my solar install. The 785p is strong and that makes it stable. Purchased mine from Northern Tool, though it seems as though the price was less – Either way, it’s worth every penny.

    • Richard
      Richard says:

      Thanks Van! Looking forward to being able to get on the roof safely and the 785P looked like a good choice.

      I checked the Northern site and they quoted me a price of $280 plus $25 shipping. On Amazon Prime, I paid $256 with free shipping. Camping World? Well, they wanted $322 (shipping included). The link in my post was to the manufacturer’s site and they are quoting the same price as Camping World.

      Pays to shop around. Amazon was cheapest for me when I went to order.


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