#RVStepFail: My in-laws metal electric steps on their motorhome broke completely off on both sides of their steps. So, my father-in-law built some "Redneck steps" for my handicapped sister-in-law. You can see what they look like below:
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For those that have experience with typical RV steps you know they are at best challenging to work with and far less safe while entering and exiting an RV.
The gap from the last step of your RV to the ground is commonly much higher than the typical rise in RV steps. To fix this issue, some folks take matters into their own hands. Often people purchase collapsing stool steps or improvise with a jury-rigged platform to put underneath to shorten the gap in step rise.
Another challenge occurs when parked on a swell or a small hill that will not allow the bottom step to fold out requiring a shovel to dig out a place for the step to deploy. For those that have difficulty with mobility, the step configuration becomes a significant challenge.
Almost all RV steps are made from steel and are susceptible to rust which leads to seized steps and hinge failures.
We want to see these #rvstepfails or step stories that you see while camping. If you or someone you know has ever come up with a creative way to fix this step issue, send us your pictures and stories on our Twitter feed @Torklift or by clicking here to email.
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View our gallery of RV Step Fails below and submit your own Step Fail using #rvstepfail:
One small step for me; one giant step for the wife! I was reading a year old issue of Trailer Life Magazine last night and saw your ad for the steps. This is the first time that I have gone online to your website. More than a decade ago, I made an appointment and drove from Spokane to Kent to have you weld your camper mounts on my 97 Dodge. I could feel the improvement over my unhappy jacks within the first 1/2 mile!
You guys keep coming up with new products that are the best that can be bought!
In Feb. 1997, I ordered both the Dodge and a Bigfoot 10.6 basement camper as our pre-retirement package. Because of the extra height, the camper came with 5 steps made by a small company in Kelowna, B.C. From day 1- no matter how I stretched, leveled, or set those steps, every one was at a different angle. I contacted the builder, and he sent me an upgrade at no additional charge. All of the side pieces are made in the same jig, and there was no improvement. A local RV supply business said that they had seen this before; and they were made wrong. I am better at math than most, and following the basic laws of trig, I can't see what's wrong (equal sides yield equal angles). Only the middle step is level- each step up ore down is off by about 5-10 degrees, compounded with each step. The top one is like a ski jump, and the bottom one is an ankle buster. To make things even worse, every pivot is a fully threaded 1/4" coarse thread grade 5 bolt. At least three of these have snapped over the years.
My wife is afraid to continue to use these steps. According to the license tabs, it hasn't moved since 2008. By chance I met an identical owner at Fred Meyer in Yakima last year; same brand of steps on his newer Bigfoot- SAME PROBLEM. It sounds like you guys have made something that will really improve our situation.
I don't have a photo to share because it wouldn't be pretty seeing me in a heap on the ground but here's my story: First camping trip after foot surgery trying to exit the 5th wheel, and since my foot is now partially fused it doesn't bend as before.
I attempted the step, missed, and landed on my keester on the ground. More steps and a handrail would be incredible!! #RVSTEPFAIL
I have an Arctic Fox 990 truck camper on an F350. I have the Fox Landing and didn't care for how high the steps were. I saw the GlowSteps and figured I could adapt these to the fox landing. This is what I came up with.
The project is not complete as of yet. So far so good. See pictures below:
We had just purchased our new motorhome and embarked on a maiden voyage to Colorado in October. After travelling on ice and snow for two days we parked in front of a friends house along a curb. After checking for clearance we put the automatic step out. The next morning we left knowing the step would retract automatically when we closed the door. Upon starting out I heard a loud scrape and a bang so I stopped and looked only to find my mangled step hanging by one bolt. It appears the block of ice that was under my front tire last night melted and the step did not retract. It drug along the curb until it hit a joint in the concrete where it demolished the step. I learned to always listen for the step to retract before driving off.
The ink wasn't even dry on the contract to buy our new truck camper during the Grand Opening of a new RV dealership location. We took one last look at our new camper before putting the paperwork in the truck and joining the celebration. I hear this "Splat!" behind me and see my wife has tripped. RV steps not completely installed yet as some parts are in a box on the bed in the camper.
Sitting in the Grand Opening party cookout in front of all the employees and family my wife is sitting with a bag of ice on her face.
Talk about completely ruining the joy of a new big purchase wondering if we need to go to the hospital emergency room or not! Welcome to your first day of RV camping honey! Fat lip, scab on cheek and skinned knee. Would love some safe steps for the wife and dogs. Let alone Me, Myself, and I! Yes, the first thing we ordered for our new camper was a first aid kid with instant cold packs!
Yeah, wish list has all the bells and whistles: Glowstep, handrails, safestep pet guards, glow in the dark, All Terrain Landing Gear ...
We were out on our maiden voyage of our new trailer. I sent my family and friends out to the beach while I made dinner for our Taco feed. I went to step out of the trailer onto a 3-step and the top step moved. I fell from inside my trailer to the ground. I was badly hurt and alone for two hours. I ended up in a cast for two months.
My mother who is 93 likes to go camping but the camper steps are an issue. Back in September 2015 my mother fell getting out of the camper she was skinned up and bruised but no broken bones. I am looking for some safe steps and would be happy if you would choose our family for a free set of steps.
We have a 2013 Lance 992 and it's great except for the rear step. We had until this year two Labs, the larger one being 105lbs. I had to lift them out and lift them in, with lots of coaxing. We lost both dogs last year and have kind of lost our desire to camp but we are trying to come back. We are going to try Fostering Labs this year, as we want to try camping for a year without dogs and see how that goes. I've always wanted to change the step to Glowsteps -- when you guys came up with 8" ones I was going to get them but then we lost the dogs from old age. Now I was waiting or putting it off because I want to see how your new bumper will work with our camper. I belong to LOA and will keep an eye out.
Well thanks for listening, Garnet