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Submitted: Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:00
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Hi, these ladders look pretty good, bit dear though I guess. Anyone know who the supplier is???

Or were else can I buy a ladder for accessing a roof top camper not the "A" style just a single leg type???
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Reply By: Peter McGuckian - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:15

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:15
What ladders? Missing link.

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Follow Up By: Austravel - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:16

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:16
http://www.highwayhardware.com.au/new_product/2002_10/folding_ladder.htm
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:15

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:15
Austravel, not sure, but are they the new invisible ladders?
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:20

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:20
Austravel, look like a great idea, any idea how much?
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:22

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:22
Just rang and told $168 but I'm in Qld and I think the transport would be high due to the length. Can't as yet find them here.
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Follow Up By: beatit - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:38

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:38
Austravel,

If you happen to find a supplier in Qld can you let us know, wouldn't mind one myself. Will let you know if I find one.

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Follow Up By: Austravel - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:40

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:40
Will do.
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:29

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:29
about the same price as the fold up type, four sections, but do look a good idea. Thanks for your reply with the price.
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:32

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 15:32
No dramas.
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Reply By: Member - Sparkie (QLD) - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 17:33

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 17:33
I am going to throw a spanner in the works here!

I use stepladders a lot and I will tell you now nothing is worse than standing on narrow treads when you have to be there a while. the wider the track the more comfortable you are.your foot arches will thank you!

having said that, if all you want to do is gain entry to a rooftop camper they probably will be perfect.

If you could find an old alluminium extension ladder and cut it up to suit the right height it may be more suitable. Failing that maybe someone close by makes painters tressels out of alluminium he may be able to custom build a ladder to suit your needs. They tend to use light but strong tubing for tressels.

Just a thought.

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Follow Up By: Austravel - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 10:00

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 10:00
Know what you mean, painted a house and certainly knew about it at the end of each day.
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 22:43

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 22:43
Hi Aus

Please let us know if you find a supplier in Brissy, we couldn't either.
We ended up getting one of those multifolds (4 sections type) from Kmart on special, which is quite solid and rated at 100kgs.
We took out the 2 middle sections and rebolted (with the appropriate "locktype glue") the two longer ends together to make the ladder for our "brand name" camper.
It folds in two and it works quite well although it is a bit bigger than we would've liked.
How is your camper going, you were hoping to have it made by Chrissy time?
Any pics yet?

We got ours in mid Nov and hubby is just getting around to getting the fridge slide made for it.

Cya
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:40

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:40
Might look at your idea for the ladder as well.

No luck with the camper yet, starting to get a bit frustrated at the time lines but I know that most of the trades are flat out in this region. The steel work is all but finished will be going in on Wednesday when they return to have the final work done for the lock down points to the vehicle. Pretty much it's a combination of the telstra style bodies, the one made in SA and some hints from others on this forum. Would rather have just got the one in SA and fitted it out but it's just to far away for a quick run. The passenger side has a fridge slide for a 60 litre engel, two _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx and two tables that slide just under the _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx. I've used kitchen runners, the heavy duty versions so hope they'll survive. Fingers crossed I'll have the unit by next Friday then I've got to decide on either painting or powder coating, get the canvas work done (they tell me a week for that) and the suspension lift with air bags. Then I've got to do the fit out. Probably getting one of those expensive foam mattresses from Clark Rubber, have that egg shell type foam on both sides at different grades. All up I expect the steel work to cost around $4k painting approx $1k, canvas $3.2k plus I paid for the jacks and runners so all up no more than $10k. Thats complete including the _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx, fridge slide, rear wheel mounts and made to fit my large tray. Maybe even under $9k depending on the painting costs. Mine has quite a bit of alloy in to keep the weight down but also took the price up.

Will have to swap pictures when mines finished.
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 13:09

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 13:09
Forgot to ask, did you end up buying the Candy Camper version or get one built? If the Candy Camper is it painted inside as well?? If not did you paint or powder coat???

Thanks.
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Follow Up By: Tripp'n Around - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 22:03

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 22:03
Hi Aus

The ladder we did works a treat. Make sure you get a good sturdy looking one, some look flimsy. Try to get the treads as big as you can get them. Our ladder isn't too bad, but will have to wait for a cold night to really test it out on the old feet.

We went to S.A. and got that one. We were gone for 12 days so it was not really a rush for us. We are very happy with it so far and can't wait to really test it out on a trip. The inside looks like it's sprayed painted. We also decided to get the 2 rear wheel carrier they made and the sleepout, for grandchildren. We used it in S.A and on the way home. We are just in the process of getting a fridge slide made for it, no definate price yet for that. The guy is using 2 heavy duty rollers that cost quite a bit for each. Why, you may ask, we have a 70lt Trailblaza and I'm not giving that up.
Would love to see a piccy when yours is completed.
By the way there is a good setup in the newest edition of 4WD Monthly, which looks real good.

Cya
Tripp'n
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 10:10

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 10:10
Hi,

Sounds like your happy with your camper, I guess like us, only time will tell. I may in the end wish I'd taken the time off and gone to SA but again I'll need to see how it all pans out. I spent so much time designing it I want to see it finished. Funny how you can go through and work out a design on something and find latter on someone has already done it. While on our Gulf trip last year I sketched up a design for the camper and found out latter on that the guys in SA had a product almost the same as the one I'd worked out. I based mine on the telstra version but went for the straight sides (not two folds) to keep down costs. I've used Hafele draw runners, dear but I think should do the job.

I don't usually get 4WD Monthly might look at their web site and see if it's mentioned there.
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Follow Up By: Tripp'n Around - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:20

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 13:20
Hi Aus

Yes, time will tell.
We got our 4by in late 1999 and we also designed something too along the lines of like what we finally got. But we found only the one place here in Brissy who had done something simialar and another that would do a proto type using our specs, no thanks. We also searched the internet and found the usual ones there, Heathslip, Trayon etc etc. So with not finding anything we liked we just stayed with the setup we had but the dust was getting in too much. It wasn't until March last year when a friend from hubby's work gave him the March 4WD monthly with info about the Cape in it, he didn't realize we had been ther twice before. That is when we saw the write up about the camper in S.A. We emailed them in S.A. heaps for 6 months after we had seen the one in Brissy and a few of them on holidays that we were finally going to get it.
It was a big decision but we bit the bullet and did it over the phone and everything worked out really well, no problems with it all at. Only when we really get to try it out in the outback will and if we find any problems.

Cya
Tripp'n
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 10:45

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 10:45
Hi Tripp'n,

I'm about to get the canvas work done. Any chance you can tell me what the max height of the roof is above the top edge of the camper. So the height from the top edge up to the apex of the canvas. I'm guessing it has to be at least the sitting height of person.

Thanks
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Follow Up By: Tripp'n Around - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 13:24

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 13:24
Hi Aus

The height I can't measure at moment as it's under house on jacks and hubby is not here.
I rang him and he said possibly 1200mm high as you can kneel comfortably inside at apex.
Also, it is similar to a normal trailer camper only up higher, if that helps.
Send me your email addy if possible.

Cya
Tripp'n
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 15:46

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 15:46
Hi,

Thanks for that, the canvas guy wanted to go to a metre whichI thought was a little low, think I'll go to 1.2m as it'll give me a little more clearance. My email address is r.kearney@cqu.edu.au.

Thanks
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 06:39

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 06:39
The weight rating is a bit low for some of us.
Just a memory that weight.

All the best
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:06

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:06
I hear you brother...
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Reply By: Chris (W.A.) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:10

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:10
I was watching some footage from the last 4x4 & camping show in Perth late last year and they were showing off a new patented 'telescopic ladder that goes from one metre to something like 2.5 or 3 metres - I jus can't remember the name for it but I'll do a search and let you know if I come up with something.
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Follow Up By: Tripp'n Around - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:24

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:24
Hi Chris

Was it a waku?
http://www.blythenterprises.com.au/waku.htm
Blyth Industries is a supplier in W.A for them expect to pay a fortune for it....like $600 + for the smaller one.
I think they are made overseas from memory.
We know where there is one in Brissy, if we finally decide to go with them.
But we'll see how our reinvention of the multifold goes first.

Cya
Tripp'n
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Follow Up By: Tripp'n Around - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:33

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:33
Hi Chris

Here is their website. Just checked out prices.......$690 one one website in Geelong.

Cya
Tripp'n
:)
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Follow Up By: Tripp'n Around - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:34

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:34
geesh..slaps forehead
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http://www.wakuladders.com/prodA.htm
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:33

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 12:33
geesh...slaps forehead!!!

http://www.wakuladders.com/prodA.htm
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