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    We have them in every truck, they are heavy and awkward to set-up but they let you not have ladder racks on the truck.

    Which is a must if you do a lot of underground parking or try to fit your trucjk into your home garage every night. ( excludes build specials )

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    Originally posted by Dowadudda
    Do any of you have any in depth hands on experience using these ladders for running service? I am not in too many situations where I need something over 12' in the A frame mode, and can not recall a time I have needed to be over 20 to 24' in extension mode. I currently carry a little 2 footer fiberglass, sweet for ice machines and such, then I got a 6', 8', 12' and then a 24' regular extension ladder. That extension ladder, is the one we all use normally. I can not remember the last time I needed the full length extended.

    This ladder system to me solves each scenario I could be in on a call. Ever since this post came up I have been going over in my mind where the ladder system might not work for me. I can't come up with anything. So before I blow some money and to also calm me down from me over excited about this thing, I am asking any of you with some experience with them what you think. Actually relying on it as your ladder for service work. Whats the good and bad.

    I did go to Home Depot and messed with the knock off Gorrilla brand. It was early in the AM and so I sat there out in the middle of the floor and simply just got used to extending it, setting it up, in all configurations. I think it's great. And something I could tottally get used to doing. Just a learned response. I have heard some guys frown on this, but it's like with the small PDAS and typing on a querty keyboard. I got that mastered in a week and now run my life via the thing. Work, house, pay my bills. I had to force myself not to go back to the easy paper and pen. To me this is like that. Just need to retrain myself setting it up. As I recall as being a green horn, setting up an extension ladder was a learned art.

    I have seen one out of state mechanical outfit use them exclusively, I have had to do some refrigeration work as they did the hvac. That's the only ladder they got in their vans. I never paid attention and I have been on about a dozen jobs with these guys. Now I wished I had asked what they thought. But I do recall, they were using them for all kinds of positions needed.

    Please give me some insight. I would greatly appreciate it. A new veihicle is in my line of sight, and man if I don't need a ladder rack on top, and plus the room it saves me inside I may look at a different way to set up a service truck as well. I would love not to have anything exterior. Simply for security, and weather conditions. No snow on the ladder, yada yada. I myself just can not come up with a good reason not to get one, and a million reasons why I should have one already.



    I used these ladders before they were very popular . They are a surprise if you are used to the typical 6’ fiberglass ladder they seem like they weigh a ton. Carry it for a while and you will not even notice. What you will notice is the stability, reliability and versatility. We used them on KC-10 aircraft (each one has a ladder assigned to it) around the world and were never disappointed.
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    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
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