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Old 04-22-2024, 08:55 AM   #1
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Anyone add a RV style side step?

We currently carry a plastic folding step for our van, but I'd like add a hide away RV style side step. Anyone do this and have suggestions, part info, etc? Some of the runner board style steps seem great for getting in a vehicle, but a little too close to the edge and steep for exits. I RV style step that pulls out seems ideal.

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Old 04-22-2024, 11:53 AM   #2
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I see a lot of Amp Research steps on sprinter conversions. They buy the jeep length and cut them down. Its a pretty expensive but great looking solution.
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Old 04-22-2024, 01:50 PM   #3
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I was thinking about an RV step as well.
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Old 04-22-2024, 04:08 PM   #4
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Hahahahahahaha.... only $820 and it can be yours.

https://mooringtech.com/products/pt-...zU2KSXBAbMQFzA
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We mulled this over extensively a while back trying to accomplish the same. Undermount IMO is just to large an obstacle to deal with, then you'd struggle with location since there is a lot underneath you would restrict access to. Consideration warranted with how to work around running boards (most people have something there).

Ultimately we narrowed it down to two options - both require relatively easy modification:

First - these would need a simple 4-6" segment of a hitch-end welded (or bolted) underneath so when you slide the end of the step into it then the step would be positioned in a useful location. The height can be adjusted by attaching a hitch drop first, followed by attaching the step into the lower piece ***Hitch-drop and step would need to be stored elsewhere until required (just as you are with whatever you're currently using)
Weld this under the frame or to the bottom of your running board:
https://www.amazon.com/CURT-49060-2-...001GMZH5E&th=1
Use a hitch drop as such:
https://www.amazon.com/MAXXHAUL-5065...79&sr=1-6&th=1
Then plug one of these steps in:
https://www.amazon.com/Heininger-305...13&sr=8-8&th=1

https://www.amazon.com/OEDRO-Aluminu...2-1d3da5a5406f

The alternate option would be a portable step like the one linked below - have 2 metal square pipes mounted just under your running board so the top two square protrusions of the step slide in (Would need to drill a hole through both sides to use a cotter pin of sorts to keep them from separating):
https://www.amazon.com/PetRuna-Porta...3&sr=8-23&th=1

We haven't made progress on either one, other than the 'plan' (I'm leaning towards the one which utilizes the dropdown hitch receiver & plug the step into that) - currently we are still satisfied with what we have:
https://www.etrailer.com/Step-Stools...CABEgKWMvD_BwE
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Old 04-23-2024, 02:12 PM   #6
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As a matter of fact...

I just added a Brophy scissor step to mine. Rather than use the designed mount, I drilled out the rivets on the swinging mount bracket, and welded some tabs on the top bar of my side bars. This gave me the maximum height for the top step, but still lets me open and shut the door with the steps in place. When I don't need them, or for travel storage, I just strap them down on the top of the cook box on the back bumper.

Excuse the crappy paint, I plan on sanding the side bars down and painting them with grippy paint this weekend.
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I like that you achieved a simple & easy attachment process. Well done loper!
I know these RV steps come in many different sizes, would you mind sharing the width & depth of your steps?
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Mine are about 24" wide, 8" deep, and 24" high, 3 steps.
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Awesome solution loper. We just use a collapsable stool that rides upside down between the driver and passenger seat. Simple and cheap.
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Yep, we have a collapsable two step thing that we've been using, but it's too short (only come up to the bottom side bar), and it's kind of shaky if you're not on solid, level ground. We really needed one more step up, this gives us that, and with the attachment it's pretty solid!
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