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People up and down the country have been robbed of their holiday abroad this year, but COVID-19 shouldn't stop you having a nice time here in the UK. There's plenty of opportunities to go out in your caravan or camper and enjoy what's left of our British summer! Whether you've got a van that you've converted yourself or a static caravan at one of our many beautiful seasides, you can't beat taking a trip to a home away from home.

One thing that people never think about prior to their holiday is whether or not they need a ladder for their caravan. We know what you're thinking... when on earth would I need a ladder in my caravan? Well, let us explain.

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One of the great joys of having a caravan is taking the kids (or grandkids) away for a few days. With little legs, the youngsters might struggle to reach the sink, the light switches or the cupboards. This can be a real pain, especially if you don't want to be getting up and down every five minutes to assist them. Having a handy set of steps around can give the kids some freedom while taking some of the responsibility out of your hands.

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Some vans have a mezzanine level beds that can be pretty tricky to reach if you're 5 years old! If you don't have a permanent ladder because it will get in the way of the living space, then a moveable set of steps or a telescopic ladder that can be easily folded away might be the best option. 

Adding an Awning

Extending your living space in a caravan is fairly easy - just add an awning! Of course, if you're not quite tall enough to reach, or if you're losing mobility due to old age, then fixing your awning to the side of the caravan might be an impossible challenge. Don't worry, a folding step ladder with nice large treads will provide the stability needed to reach the awning attachments with ease. 

Platform step ladder

Something like this LFI Pro Wide Step Ladders is a great choice for caravans. It has a safety chain to keep the user secure, it has deep 80mm non-slip treads, an extra-large work platform and handy wheels so it can be moved around the caravan easily! Available in a range of heights to suit your exact needs.

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Getting on the roof

Most modern caravans come with a ladder that allows you to access the roof, but some (including self-built vans) generally don't. While getting on the roof might not be essential for you, it can be useful if you decide to add a roof rack for extra storage, or if you want to get on top of the van and stargaze while you're on a weekend away! Having a ladder that you can stow away and use when needed is very handy, particularly in caravans. We have a whole host of lightweight, compact ladders that you can choose from.

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Hopefully, this guide to caravan ladders will enable you to make the most of your holiday this summer/autumn. As always, drop us an email if you'd like any more advice about our caravan ladders sales@laddersukdirect.co.uk.

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Do you feel like you could be making better use of your loft space? Perhaps getting a new loft ladder is a good place to start! It can be quite difficult to choose a loft ladder, after all, there are so many different types on the market. Whether you want to organise your storage space, or you want to do a full-on loft conversion - we have a loft ladder that's perfect for you here at Ladders UK Direct! 

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Aluminium is one of the most abundant metals we have on the earth and it's also pretty great for making ladders! It's lightweight, durable and resistant to corrosion so it's perfect for making ladders that need to be transported from one place to another. Over time, you might notice patches on your aluminium ladder that are starting to appear a dull grey colour. This is aluminium oxide, and it's totally normal!

While aluminium oxide won't cause any harm to your ladder, you might want to remove it so your aluminium ladder looks shiny and new again. Many of our customers are tradespeople who need to bring their ladders in and out of people's homes every day. A clean, well looked after aluminium ladder will look more professional and last you a lifetime.

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how are extension ladders measured

Are you thinking about buying an extension ladder for an upcoming job? Not really sure what length you need? Well, here in this blog, we'll explain how extension ladders are measured to help you find the perfect length for the task at hand.

Unlike single section ladders, extension ladders are be made up of two or more moveable sections, adding an additional layer of complexity to the calculation. Just because an extension ladder is listed as being 10 metres long, you shouldn't assume that you can reach 10 metres comfortably.

When measuring an extension ladder, it's important that you take the overlap in the middle of the ladder into consideration as well as the safe working height. These aren't the only things to consider, there are all kinds of variables that can make measuring an extension ladder a bit of a difficult task. But don't worry, we're here to help!

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Ladders can be valuable, and as such, they're a somewhat popular target for thieves. It's important to store your ladder securely if you don't want to lose it.

Ladder theft

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Many people store their ladders outdoors, but that's a bad idea for several reasons - not least because it makes your ladder fairly easy to steal.

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