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Entry Steps Hazardous
« on: April 20, 2006, 06:38:47 PM »
Hello All!

Having an Issue...

Sold our Class A  to send daughter to college.

Can't live without RV'ing.

Purchased a New (2005 still on lot) Nomad Fifth Wheel.  Model 2605.
This is our first Fifth Wheel.

Layout is perfect, Easy to Tow.
Very Happy with one exception..
The Entry Steps at the door are dangerous. There is 3 steps.

It has a handle to grab. We added a portable step at the bottom.
But the steps seem small, not level and wobbly.
The ground to the bottom of the door is 3 feet.

We are not the most coordinated bunch. Its just a matter of time before one of us falls on their face.

Any suggestions on replacement, or a solution from someone who has dealt with this before??

The Rigsbee's


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Re: Entry Steps Hazardous
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2006, 07:19:56 PM »
Clumsy as I am, I like to back down the steps tightly clutching the grab bar!
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Re: Entry Steps Hazardous
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2006, 08:45:59 PM »
1.  Back down the stairs holding on to the grab bar.   That is the way sailors descend steep gangways (except the young and agile ones that is.)

2. Support the lowest stair with some sort of prop.   I use a stack of leveling blocks most of the time.

3. Get a folding step.  See them at http://www.campingworld.com/browse/categories/index.cfm?deptID=1&catID=3 (Click on the URL).
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Re: Entry Steps Hazardous
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2006, 09:24:17 PM »
IN some cases there are optional steps which are better (Camping world and ________ RV (fill in the name of your choice) sell them)  and sometimes there may be adjustments

I do have a problem with my motor home sometimes in that if I'm parked next to a curb the steps won't always extend,  In fact sometimes it would be safer if they did not extend at all

I just added a toggle in parrallel with the door switch (in my case "Closed is Closed" that is door closed is switch closed) so I can "Close the door" while the door remains open.  Works great and the switch is very out of the way though easy to get to
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Re: Entry Steps Hazardous
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2006, 09:28:33 PM »
...if I'm parked next to a curb the steps won't always extend,  In fact sometimes it would be safer if they did not extend at all

I have the same problem.

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I just added a toggle in parrallel with the door switch

Definitely in the "why didn't I think of that!" category. Thanks for the tip ohn.
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Re: Entry Steps Hazardous
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2006, 02:50:39 PM »
I have the same problem.

Definitely in the "why didn't I think of that!" category. Thanks for the tip ohn.

Tom, I put the switch in the stepwell sidewall, above the bottom FIXED step It's more or less burried in carpeting (Just barley shows) and is out of the way,  Down is "Off" (And in the off position the switch is electrically not there) ON or UP retracts the steps as though the door was closed.

The only suggestion I'd make is to get a THICK PANEL switch if puttin git there, drill about half way through the wood with about an  1 1/4 inch drill and all the way through with a centered shaft size drill,,, I drilled too deep so the switch is mounted in sealing adheasive... Won't leak, Won't move, I hope I never have to remove it
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Re: Entry Steps Hazardous
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2006, 05:25:42 PM »
Thanks John.
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