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MrYesterday

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When my wife and son came out on the road with me, we put hook and eye latches on the screen door of our travel trailer to keep our son from getting out. Well, he managed to squeeze through the bottom and fell out the door. I built a 3'x3' "porch" with steps so he could't fall again. They were nice. They had a railing, and deep steps. They barely fit in the bed of my Ram with nothing else in it though, and they took 15 minutes to level up and screw together (not to mention the screw holes were getting stripped out more and more every time we took them down and put them back up). Since we were upgrading from our old bumper pull to our new Montana 5th wheel, I gave a friend at work the old porch and decided to build something new. I needed deep steps, a landing at the top in case our son made his way out the door, and the ability to break the steps down so that I could stow them in my 5th wheel basement (since my 5th wheel hitch tool box, and 100 gallon gas tank now occupied the bed of my truck). I found a few ideas, but nothing as large, or as sturdy (since the Earth, in it's wisdom, decides to tax me heavily with it's gravitational pull). So I did what I always do. I just bought a bunch of wood, and figured it out as I went along. What I came up with, I'm proud of. Maybe later, when I have more time, and access to a welding machine, I'll make a set that bolts together out of square tubing that will take even less space in my 5th wheel basement. They have wide steps, a decent landing at the top, they all break down and fit inside each other to save space, and they are held together by simply dropping a bar down through them. All told they cost about $80, but the peace of mind in keeping our son safe is worth a lot more.

This is the old porch I had built for our Gulf Stream.
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These are the new steps I've built for our 3750FL.
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The rear of the steps.
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This one shows how the bars drop down through all 4 steps to lock them together.
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This one shows the 4 steps pulled apart, by simply yanking the 2 bars out. The 1st step fits in the 3rd, and the 2nd fits in the bottom, and they all fit nicely under the bed of our 5er through the outside door.
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Posted: 12/30/13 04:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful job, glad you didn't have to resort to duct taping the kid to the wall. The screaming can get annoying.





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naturist wrote:

Beautiful job, glad you didn't have to resort to duct taping the kid to the wall. The screaming can get annoying.


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Posted: 12/31/13 09:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice work. great that the family can travel with you.

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BobandShaz wrote:

great that the family can travel with you.


I see too many guys in my profession that leave their families at home, and their relationships, and children suffer. I always knew that if I were to pipeline while I had a family I'd be buying a nice 5er so that the family could come with me.

I'm just glad my wife is a sport about it.

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Just wanted to post an update. I'd measured to make these steps fit in the basement under the bed when taken apart. I just go the chance to stow them today, and they fit perfectly. I'm pleased with how they turned out.
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What are the measurements?

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necessity (no more stitches) is the mother of invention! Nice job!


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kmart2491 wrote:

What are the measurements?


Of each individual step, or overall?

Overall they are 34" tall, 30" wide, and a total of 46" deep.

You just have to measure the storage compartment you're going to stow them in, and use that as the size for your largest step, and the 3rd largest step, then make sure the other 2 steps will fit inside those.

If you'd like me to get the tape measure out I can (I have lost my plans). But unless you have exactly the same 5er, or the same size storage compartment, my measurements won't be what you need for your rig.

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I like what you have done and would like to do the same. What I'm missing is how they fit inside each other. I can see how the top step when turned sideways would fit, I'm struggling with the second step fitting inside the other step.

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