Do you dislike your fold-up/down RV steps? In this post, I want to show you why “Solid Step” from Lippert Components is the best. These steps have been around for a couple of years now and are revolutionizing the RV industry because they make getting in and out of RV’s a lot easier and safer and many RV’ers are switching from the old steps to these almost on a daily basis.
I don’t know about you but I have had trailers in the past that had those fold-down steps. You know, their starting to show their age, the ones that squeak and are stiff and wiggle a lot and get rusty and sometimes don’t extend down far enough to the ground? Yeah, those are the ones.
Do you dislike them as much as I do? If this is you then keep reading because I found a solution.
In our previous trailer, we actually had to have one of those fold-down steps replaced just a couple of months into our ownership. Our trailer was brand new and the fold-down step was so stiff we had to struggle and fight to get it pulled out??
We had two entrance doors in that trailer and the second one was only slightly better only because we had to lubricate the pivot points often.
Last year, my wife and I bought a new Surveyor travel trailer made by Forest River and It came with a similar set of steps to the ones that I am reviewing here. They are not “Solid Steps” but, the interesting thing is that they came as standard equipment and, man, are they ever great.
They store inside the entrance door and are very easy to lift up and down into position. They are also very sturdy. No shaking or wiggling around and no squeaking.
DISCLAIMER: Before I go on I should let you know that this post contains links to these products. So, If you choose to purchase through one of these links I will receive a commission that WILL NOT add anything extra to the cost of whatever it is that you purchase.
So, what do you say we get to it?
Introducing the “Solid Step” System by Lippert Components
Product Name: Solid Step by Lippert Components
Available on: Amazon.com
Price: $248.87 – $564.25 USD
The Solid Step system has many excellent components and upgrades to the old-fashioned fold-out version. They include:
- The steps are also equipped with “individually” adjustable struts at the bottom of the steps that slide down out of the back of the steps so they are out of the way as a tripping hazard, a great safety feature. This means that your steps will always be on solid ground with no gaps under the feet.
- Another great feature is that the TOP STEP is deeper than the rest to give extra safety as you step out of your RV. The first step on most (if not all) fold-out steps measures between 8 1/4 – 9 1/4 inches from front to back which leaves the first step down a bit unsafe and only extends a maximum total of 26 inches away from the RV.
The first step on “Solid Step”, however, has a top step that measures a full 13 inches which makes it easier to step in and out of your RV especially at night or when carrying things into your RV.
- Because “Solid Step” is available in different sizes, the reach away from the RV is also extended from 23 inches for a two-step, 31inches for a 3 step and 40 inches for a quad step system. This extra distance makes for a better climbing and descending ratio which is better for balance.
- Being able to store the steps inside the entrance they are away from the weather elements outside when travelling thus prolonging the life of the steps.
- I really like the release feature of these steps. Just grab and turn the release handle in the center and easily lower the steps. When raising them, hold the handle and turn down when putting the steps back, then release the handle and the steps stay in place.
- Those adjustable struts that I mentioned? They are fully adjustable so the steps are always on the firm ground which keeps them stable which reduces the risk of falling.
Because both struts are firmly on the ground there is no more bouncing and wiggling when you use them and because the struts are positioned at the back of the steps, there is no tripping hazard.
Before You Purchase
About the only other thing I would like to mention here is that if you are considering purchasing one of these systems you will first have to measure the inside of the door frame, then take that measurement and round up to the nearest even number.
So… if your opening is 24.5 inches, you would round up to 26 inches and that will be the size for the solid step you need. This measurement will determine which option you will need: the standard or the wide option.
Next… measure the distance from the entry threshold to the ground to determine whether you will need a 2, 3, or 4 step system.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
To be honest, I can’t think of one. These are so much better than the old system and, except for some basic tools, everything else you need is included in the package so you can do the installation yourself.
There is just no comparison between the two. I’ve included a link to a video from Lippert Components that details these amazing steps even better.
As anyone who has had to deal with the original system of fold-down steps, I am almost certain that you would agree that it’s about time someone did an upgrade and I, for one, am glad that it finally has happened.
These steps might be the best upgrades, (well… one of the best), the RV sector has seen in some time. I don’t know what the stats are on injuries if any, and I hate to bring it up but, I am 100% convinced that innovations like “Solid Step” are going to greatly decrease the potential for more.
About the only way, they could further improve these steps is to create a collapsible banister for people to hold onto. In my mind, that would make them practically perfect.
And, as always, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it helpful if you are having an issue with your RV steps. If you have any questions or just want to leave a comment, please leave them in the space provided. I am always happy to reply to your Q’s/Comments.
Check out my other posts for more helpful tips and advice that will help you have a better camping experience and, I hope you have many this coming season and please, remember to drive safe.
Here’s to an amazing Summer,
Owner and writer of Rv Safety Tips And Tricks.com