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Posted: 08/11/19 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife is having serious problems with steps do to arthritis in her knee. The trailer that we have now requires 4 steps to get into the trailer and is causing her problems. I am interested in knowing if anyone can recommend a TT that has maybe only one or two steps to enter the trailer.

Thanks in advance !


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Really, there are no 'new' manufactures that produce "low profile" TT's.. Back in the 70's, 80's, they made "one step" trailers.. but, these days, it's at least 3 to 4 steps to get into any RV..

I remember our family's 1977 Taurus TT that had a one step entry.. Then in the 90's, it grew to 2 steps and now you need a dang ladder to get into these rigs!

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Airstream. One step outside and none inside. Class Cs have a total of three; two out and one in.


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Sportsmen wrote:

My wife is having serious problems with steps do to arthritis in her knee. The trailer that we have now requires 4 steps to get into the trailer and is causing her problems. I am interested in knowing if anyone can recommend a TT that has maybe only one or two steps to enter the trailer.

Thanks in advance !


Coleman FQ17 is low to the ground with only one step.

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There are many small TT's that have one step or two. Usually single axle and the step(s) are the pull out kind. You sacrifice interior space and step sturdiness though as they bounce. I have a neighbor that has a 2018 Jayco Jay Flight SLX that's 21.8' in length and has one step.


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Posted: 08/11/19 06:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You won't find any other camper that will get closer to the ground than a Minnesota built Ice House.

Here's a video to describe how they work: Click here.

Glacier Ice House is one model: Web site.

Forest River Grey Wolf makes another: Video, Click here.

Do a Google search on "Ice House RV" and search YouTube too. You simply can't get closer to the ground than with these models.

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Might have to go with an R pod or something along those lines.


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Ground clearance becomes an issue particularly with speed bumps in campgrounds. Our first trailer was quite low, I graded the camp site more than once with the bumper and tore off a stabilizer jack.

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Consider an RV stair lift. Can get a standing platform, seat, or entire wheelchair.

http://www.discovermymobility.com/store/scooter-lifts/burr/handy-lift/index.html
Many others... shop around.

At least you save the cost of trading the RV for a low boy.


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time2roll wrote:

Consider an RV stair lift. Can get a standing platform, seat, or entire wheelchair.

http://www.discovermymobility.com/store/scooter-lifts/burr/handy-lift/index.html
Many others... shop around.

At least you save the cost of trading the RV for a low boy.


Honestly. This would probably be your best bet. Having a TT that sits close to the ground makes for a bad towing experience. Why? you may ask.
Because they drag. Every time you start up an incline. The rear drags, turn into a gas station up a slight hill it drags. Mine set low, and drug nearly every trip. So much so, that I had the spring mounts moved to the top of the axles to keep it off the ground.


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