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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 09/14/20 10:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used something similar to this Little Giant stair system with the handrail folded down. Was stable and lightweight, and stored easily inside the camper

Folding steps

I should add that the wide steps were not so scary for my dogs to walk on.

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Posted: 09/14/20 06:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The steps look solid but will take up storage space and may be too inconvenient to mount/dismount for quick stops. I prefer a steps that stow in place and can be quickly accessed.


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Posted: 09/16/20 06:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Steps like the ones in the original post also dump dirt / water, etc in the door when you fold them up if you don't thoroughly clean them off before stowing.
A lot of TT owners hate that style step for the same reason.

Bedlam wrote:

I prefer a steps that stow in place and can be quickly accessed.


Ditto.

Here's the steps I run


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I think the treads could be improved using flat bar, on edge, rather then flat sheet metal. Good grip and wouldn't act like a tray for dirt to sit on.
As for storing them, if you've got detachable scissor steps, you're already putting them inside and need to pull them out, expand and install to get in the camper anyway. So would be a wash in terms of the PITA factor.
I think the extendable legs, to compensate for uneven ground, could be a tripping hazard if you have to have one leg way out.


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Are you thinking about a lip on the leading edge of each step or more of an open grate design? I agree it would add to traction but it would also make barefoot and sandal use uncomfortable. If you have pets, I doubt they would like an open grate. Am I not understanding this?

It used to be the case that scissor steps would have to be stowed, but many people figured out a way to mount them so they did not have be removed. Torklift even sells an accessory for their stairs so they stow in place. I use the Revolution steps on my side entry, so they are always ready to deploy and my application required six steps to reach the camper entry. My setup is taller than most, so I am lucky there is a modular system that cam be put together based on the height required.

Adjustable feet make a big difference with stability on uneven ground. I am on my second set of stairs with adjustable pads on the bottom. Prior to this I used to shim the bottom bar on uneven ground to keep the stairs steady and from twisting under weight. Adjustable feet also allow for finer height adjustment if you need a half step height rather than full.

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Deb and Ed M wrote:

I used something similar to this Little Giant stair system with the handrail folded down. Was stable and lightweight, and stored easily inside the camper

Folding steps

I should add that the wide steps were not so scary for my dogs to walk on.


These are the steps I bought for my Bunduvry camper, my dogs have no problem climbing them.


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