That four legged step work great till one corner sinks in soft surface then you pick yourself up off the ground. I have found over the years that a solid box step a few inches wider than the door and 16 plus inches deep of the proper height makes a very safe step and a nice storage box for stakes. This allows you to step a little off to one side or the other and still be on the step and also keeps you from stepping off the back between the step and the trailer. I watched a lady do that several years ago and it took several stitches to fix her leg where the alum cut it. I always like my step just under the edge of the trailer and out at least 16 inches. Try it it makes a very comfortable entry step.
Callie you should go ahead and install a grab handle. You can still get them new...
We have a grab handle on our 18 Super, it's our sons compact that doesn't have one. He doesn't want one but probably will after one of them falls out. Gonna at least get him to find a sturdy something to use.
I really like the step that forum member "Bob" made that is a round piece of wood that mounts on his spare tire. Pic might still be in his VSTF thread.
Holy Poop!!! That pic is awesome! And its frightening as well because I made a wood step that fits right inside my back storage compartment. Put a piano hinge on the top acting as a lid, put rope handles on the sides, painted it white and just ordered and received a 2-tone Shasta decal to put on it. Kinda sucks cause I was hoping it (mine) was gonna be a first...LOL Oh well, in any event, my awning, ropes, and stakes all fit nicely in that box/step without having to dig around under the dinette benches for it all.
we use a wooden coca cola box i made a wooden top for it also is used for storing tent stakes & ropes good idea
For my son's compact, we are going to use a circle of plywood mounted (removable) on the spare tire with anti-slip on top of the plywood. Saw this on a Shasta 1400 owned by "Bob" aka "Potomac30" from the old forum. Saw it in person at the McKinney 2011 Rally and it worked great. I know at some point I had pics of how he made it, but alas, they are gone with the old forum. His rebuilt link is there, with some pics, but no pic of the tire/step. Also looking to install a grab bar that won't have too much of a "new RV" look to it. Will post pics of the step when done.
Here is the finished spare tire step. Since the spare isn't mounted on the trailer, just carried in the back of the truck, this works for us. If the spare were mounted, maybe not. Anyway here is what we did. Cut plywood circle, countersunk a bolt in the center to attach a board underneath. Applied anti-slip to top. This is the perfect height for a compact, seems very sturdy. Also going to add a grab bar next to the door.
To give credit where credit is due, here is a link to the original spare tire step created by Bob Powell, aka "Bob" aka "Potomac30". I knew I had a pic of it somewhere and stumbled across it this morning.
Post by 1958 Shasta "Penny" on Apr 25, 2014 7:49:24 GMT -8
Yesterday while cleaning out some things from our garage to get ready for a yard sale, I found a sturdy step exercise step thingy that obviously *blows dust off* has not been in use for its intended purpose....and I wonder why I'm not skinny.
Anyway, it's the perfect height for a front step stool and sturdy. I'll have to spray paint it cuz it's an ugly exercise color, and will adhere a no-slip cover on the top. It may not look all retro-y or vintage-y, but it'll be useful.