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Hammerboy

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Posted: 12/06/18 04:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In full disclosure I was recently (late September) fortunate enough to be selected to receive a set of Glosteps entry steps in return for a product evaluation that I have since completed. But regardless I will give you my honest opinion of them. I have stated here in the past that these were my aftermarket steps of choice that was on my list of modifications and now we are fortunate enough to receive a set.

As far as the installation (I wish I took pictures but I was like a kid at Christmas), it went super easy in my case as it was a text book installation. No shimming, obstacles, etc. from my understanding this isn't always the case for everybody. It literately took me 15-20 minutes by myself, although two people would be easier.

Now as far as why I love these steps (honest opinion).

1) Adjustable height on both sides of the bottom step and the top step into the trailer is also adjustable, gives you a good range for height.

2) They are completely stored outside. One of my concerns with the fold inside the doorways type is 1) I don't want to clean off the steps to bring them inside especially if they are muddy. 2) They are not in the way of the door when not in use. Often I just want to open the door to quickly put something inside.

3) They don't take up as much space to deploy. My other concern with the other fold inside step was the space required to deploy. When my 5th is stored inside our barn I wouldn't be able to get it deployed, with this one I can.

4) Build quality is very good, quality materials, sturdy, just stout construction. I also like the 7.5" step height vs 9" like what the stock ones have.

One feature it also has are the glow in the dark markers on each step. Admittedly I haven't payed that much attention to that feature yet (only camped once since installation) as we always have our awning lights on when we are outside in the evening. Though it could be useful if you are exiting in the middle of the night and don't want to turn lights on.

The only negatives of these steps that I can come up with.

1. The step are very grippy (not really a negative)! I almost tripped exiting our 5th as my grippy hiking shoes caught on the grippy edge of step. I can't blame the manufacturer for that as I am not used to steps that grippy plus I was the only one that had that issue. Guess that make me a clutz.

2. It's a two handed operation vs one. This is a slightly more complex to deploy vs. stock steps. It took a couple of times to be fully efficient at deploying and retracting the steps. It's a non issue after the third time, take about 3-4 seconds to deploy plus what ever time it takes to adjust the bottom feet if needed which is easy enough.

3.Price. Anything of quality is going to cost money and this is no exception. Kind of like me buying my B&W hitch vs a Reese, sometimes it's worth the cost.

I am not going to say these are a better choice for everybody as I know a lot of people love the solid step style as well but these have features that were important to me. And honestly so far I really like these steps.

Dan

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* This post was last edited 12/06/18 04:56pm by Hammerboy *   View edit history


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Posted: 12/06/18 04:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

it appears that these are for towables and not a replacement for the automatic steps on a motorhome. too bad, looks like a product I'd be interested in. very clever!


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You are correct about one thing with the solid fold down steps, if they are dirty, the dirt comes inside the camper, you need space to open them, and if you just need to put something inside quick, you have to drop the steps down.

On the other hand, they are so solid, its awesome.

After 4 years, I noticed my last camper, the frame where the factory installed steps were mounted to the trailer was actually cracking. I was able to take a flat metal rod, bend it into an L-shape, drilled holes and bolt it to the top and side of the L frame and to the trailer. But it also forever seemed a bit spongy, so I kept a small adjustable foot rest under the middle step to keep it from being so spongy.

Getting the pull down solid steps is such a refreshment. Solid as a rock! At one point, my wife and I were both standing on one at the same time, and I made a comment to her how nice it was it was able to support both our weights at the same time and it was solid. The feet are adjustable. But as said, they are prone to drop dirt inside.

Yours looks great! The fact they go all the way to the ground and are adjustable is a great plus. Ours is adjustable too. The only disadvantage, and you'll experience this also, is if you are in a new location and you have to adjust them before you can enter. If you are on the side of the road, it's just a bit more time consuming than simply plopping down the factory built style.

Another thing, we have already, experienced the ground being so low to the campsite pad, I had to put blocks under length extensions. No biggie, since I always carry lots of lumber, it's just something to consider if you are camping in a new place you've never been to. Always have something ready to put under the extensions, that can be built up as high as 8 or 10 inches. I actually had to do that at our last campsite just a couple weeks ago.

Congrats on your new addition. It looks nice and looks like you did a nice job of installing it. And considering you've already broken it in and it didn't collapse on you and land you in the hospital with a broken leg, you did a great job installing!

Thanks for sharing. It looks real nice!


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Posted: 12/06/18 05:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Only way to go. Rock solid. Lots of adjustment. Mine took a while to install because my old step was welded on. I used a 4 inch angle grinder thin blade to cut everything. It wasn't an install that everyone would tackle but the end result is still worth paying labor.

It doesn't seem that regular steps are breaking and dumping people on the ground all the time but knowing how solid these steps are is very nice.

I also built a mini deck out of three pieces of 2x4 and deck board. It's about 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep. The adjustable legs sit on it and a bristle plastic door mat is screwed down on it. The mat doesn't blow away. The wood pad isn't something everyone would want to handle but I just fasten it on my utility trailer.

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For those of us with motor homes, glow-in-the-dark tape is available.


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Posted: 12/06/18 09:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My GloSteps are on my second trailer. I removed them from my last fifth wheel and replaced the steps on my new one when we bought it with them. Overall I think I'm going on 4 years with mine. When I first installed them I had so many inquiries from other campers to the point where I got some brochures from the company to hand out. They're a great product built by a great company. Very receptive to any questions or concerns that I've had.

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Posted: 12/07/18 05:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My GlowStep Revolution is approaching 3 years old now and I still love them. I full time (8 years now) and wouldn't have any other steps.


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"IF" I wanted something different than my Elkhart Industries ROCK SOLID folding 4 step I would get the GloSteps.

The MORryde steps would NEVER be on my RV. Simply look how the side stringers project past the lowest tread. Simply an accident waiting to happen!!!


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Posted: 12/07/18 11:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Too funny??...those accordian type steps have been in use on truck campers for years, and most folks complain about them being too scary. Truck camper people are going for trailer type flipout steps where possible.
My experience with those steps on truck camper was ok, but when dirt & grime gets into all the pivot points and nylon washers etc, the steps can get very stiff to open/ close. I kept mine inside for travel, and washed them often when in use.


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Posted: 12/07/18 01:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cummins12V98 wrote:


The MORryde steps would NEVER be on my RV. Simply look how the side stringers project past the lowest tread. Simply an accident waiting to happen!!!


LOL, what accident will happen?


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