The Tricam 2-in-1 Twin Step & Extension Ladder is a great general purpose ladder for home use for do it yourself projects and makes the perfect RV ladder.
Ease of Use, Performance: 23/25
Look & Feel: 21/25
How much I enjoy 22/25
The Tricam 2-in-1 Twin Step & Extension Ladder makes a great home work ladder as well as the perfect ladder for the recreational vehicle with its quick setup, light weight and smaller storage area. Tricam is the main industry behind the Gorilla ladder and cart line as well as several other ladder products.
The 2-in-1 ladder from Tricam is a great ladder in many ways, while it is not one of those fancier multipurpose ladders the 2-in-1 does fold and has two different positions for use as an A frame and extension ladder. Because it does not have the extra leg sections it is lighter in weight than those multipurpose ladders but still has the advantage of a smaller storage size and easier handling while setting up.
The 2-in-1 ladder has the two push lock mechanisms to ensure proper locking while in A frame or extension ladder position and the ladder is plenty secure in either position. I have used the ladder over the last month while doing some work around the house and while installing some garage door openers I recently reviewed.
One thing I really like about the ladder is its light weight at 18 pounds and its durability and strength with its M shaped channels instead of simple square channels. The steps are also well built with a trapezoid shaped enclosed channel with the strength of a fully enclosed aluminum step instead of an open channel.
The sides of the ladder are not just a shaped channel but are bent into an M shape to add durability and less twisting and bending to the sides for strength. The steps and the hinge are attached to the sides with large rivets and the two bottom steps have angled braces as well. The bottom of each side angles outward for a more stable base so you can use either side as the bottom when setting the extension ladder up.
The hinge locks have a red area showing when unlocked so you have a quick and easy visible sign of having the locks engaged. You can push or slap the locks in and the locks snap to the open position until you pass the ladder section through the positions where the hinge will close on the next open hole it comes across. This makes setting up the ladder easy when moving around or doing work for a really safe one person operation that works well with this lighter weight ladder.
As I mentioned in my review of the Little Giant Revolution XE Consumer Reports cautioned people about using multipurpose ladders above a 22 foot height due to the awkward and often dangerous setup by one person. The 2-in-1 ladder is lighter than those other multipurpose ladders so I do not feel this would apply to the 2-in-1 ladder due to the lower height as well as lighter weight.
The 2-in-1 ladder is 11 feet tall when set up in the extension configuration and about 5 feet when set up as an A frame ladder which comes well under the 22 feet warning given by Consumer Reports. This ladder is long enough to reach single story windows and the tops of recreational vehicles but also is handy due to the hinge and storage height of five feet seven inches tall.
Using the Tricam 2-in-1 Twin Step & Extension Ladder is easy due to the simple locks as well as the light weight so you have the benefits of a multiuse ladder that can be used as an A frame as well as an extension ladder. There are of course no scaffold shapes or use on stairs but the ladder is quite handy for around the house or use as a convenient and lighter weight ladder in an RV.
I checked out the extension configuration as well as using the ladder as an A frame and was impressed with it as both with plenty of stability and genuine good quality craftsmanship. The ladder reaches eleven feet and has good wide steps for a secure footing while climbing or working.
The extension ladder near the hinge is 15 inches and has the feet at 2 foot 3 inches wide for a more stable footing yet enough room for two feet while working. The ribbed rubber feet are bolted onto the legs for a more secure footing on smoother surfaces for a really good overall well built ladder.
I had no problems using the ladder and really do prefer this one over my multipurpose ladder for general use as an A frame and extension ladder. The 2-in-1 is lighter for less problems maneuvering while folding and I don’t have to worry about scrunching my fingers or hands while lowering sections.
I highly recommend the 2-in-1 Twin Step & Extension Ladder from Tricam for a great A frame and extension ladder in one great unit.