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Posted: 03/09/22 09:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

When was the last time a set of unsupported steps collapsed? I've never heard of it, and the steps don't flex as much as the trailer suspension moves when weight is applied. No big deal, unless you have mobility issues. I've had both and see no advantage to the solid steps that outweigh their inconvenience.


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Also, had a friend fall due to the bounce. Luckily, she caught herself and wasn't injured...after that, I started putting jack stands under the last step to reduce bounce.


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Wife and I love our Torklift steps. Went from 3 to 4 steps. I have had both knees replaced and the difference the 4 steps makes is amazing. I believe Torklift makes a replacement set of steps for solid steps. They fold up into the door like the solid ones do, if any one is interested.


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I almost had them add thoes to my 5th wheel when I bought it, but got lucky with a delay in shipping because they were so new still back then. that delay let me think about it and for the reasons mentioned here I cancled them. the biggest reason for me was that I camp a lit in the rain and muddy camp sites and such so when you fold them up where does that all end up dripping..

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I park the 5th next to the house - house on one side, 6' wall on the other. I have *exactly* 32 inches of space on each side. With the 5th "centered" I can extend the bedroom slide completely, the living room slide "almost" all the way.

The "original" 3 step pull-out steps put the bottom step about 2" from the side wall of the house....which means you step on the bottom step "sideways" to enter. (I built an "L" entry platform w/steps for my "at home" entry use. Remove when the 5th is out of it's storage space).

So - not every product will work for everyone, Cummins - no matter what you like!

When I get a Round Tuit, I will finish my own easily removable aluminum 4-step and still have the folding 3-step in the 'factory' location. (Have the materials & my wood "mock-up" does just fine).

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Posted: 03/16/22 12:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Torklift are one of the best steps you can have I have them for 3 years and I am very happy with them.


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"So - not every product will work for everyone, Cummins - no matter what you like!"

Got deleted for responding to this earlier. Don't think I was being critical of anyones choices at all. Only thing I don't like are the CHEAP factory 3 and 4 steps. I posted my Elkhart Industries steps that only have 1/2" deflection with 200# on the bottom step and are VERY solid. I had a chance to test for FREE and keep a set of TorkLift but thanked them and said I appreciated the offer but was happy with mine. Also have also said if I did not have access to mine any longer I would NOT hesitate to get the TorkLift. I do think the MORryde have too many negatives for me.

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Posted: 03/23/22 02:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have an older camper you may have problems with door clearance. I had to cut the bottom of the door off to get the door to close on my 08 Cardinal and my friends 2011 Montana. The steps fold out over the door threshold and require more room than a normal door. Had to cut the screen door too.


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Fact is there is no perfect step. Any steps can have problems due to irregular or unlevel ground or tight quarters - the list goes on.
I didn't see it mentioned so will share for those considering solid steps - they now come with levers instead of pins to easily adjust the length of the legs. They also come with pins in the hinges so if the camper is too close to an obstruction the steps can be disconnected and removed. Not convenient, but certainly an improvement over being completely blocked out.
I have had steel steps with their blind rivet hinges give way under me - not a pleasant experience.
I've also seen four step Torklifts have problems due to ground slope - pretty common in state and federal parks.
Solid steps do need to be cleaned before stowing for travel.
Any step will collect dirt that gets tracked in on shoes and need to be cleaned periodically.
Any step with a deeper top step will feel safer to the user.

I used to be anti-solid step, but now that I've experienced them I've discovered that they are much easier to maintain than steps that are underneath the camper, and since they have fewer moving parts and are not exposed to the elements will traveling actually require less maintenance. I used to hate pulling folding steps out that were covered in road grime or ice.
I've had the rearmost set of folding steps drag the ground on poorly maintained roads.
There are pros and cons to every design but ultimately they all work pretty well.

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garyp4951 wrote:

I love my Solid Step especially the 13" top step that is like a landing when stepping down and rock solid.
It takes maybe 10 seconds to sweep them before closing up.
I installed the solid steps on mine. Sure I do have to adjust them at different sites but I love the large landing step and the fact they do not move or shake when stepping out with a plate of food for the grill.


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fj12ryder wrote:

Hate 'em, hate 'em, hate 'em. They have to be adjusted for almost every time they are deployed. We have had to move the trailer because the ground was too close to the trailer, and we couldn't shorten them enough to use them. Luckily we have a toyhauler with the second door which doesn't have the solid steps. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to get into our trailer when it's in storage.

I wish the guy that thought those up had mine in his "basement".


Couldn't agree more. Another reason I hate them is you cannot move trailer for leveling or other small adjustments with the stairs down. I replaced mine and never looked back. My facebook group always has some takeoffs of the solid steps for sale. Many people hate them.

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