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Post by rose49f on Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:45 pm

I stepped on the habitation step the other day and one side gave way. (NO I AM NOT OVERWEIGHT thank you hugegrins ). A pin/bolt dropped out and hopefully my husband can sort it.
But I've always thought the step didn't fell safe. Does anyone else feel this way. And does anyone use a portable step instead.
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Post by Paulmold on Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:00 pm

Must admit I've never felt confident on our non-electric step - and I am overweight - but don't carry a portable step although there is one in the garage.

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Post by moxey davies on Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:45 pm

Always use one. Once you get to a site the electric step stays tucked away.  It saves the constant use and doesnt rock the van everytime you enter.
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Post by bikeralw on Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:32 am

I have complete faith in my non-electric step as I fitted it myself after the previous owner had damaged the original one by moving the van while it was extended.
Like everything that moves, it does need maintaining, a bit of lubrication and checking of fastenings now and again will ensure years of trouble free use.
Space is tight enough in our van, I wouldn't entertain carrying a portable step.
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Post by rose49f on Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:34 am

I cleaned and oiled mine the other week. Perhaps that's what did mine in. Never noticed a loose pin/bolt.
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Post by rose49f on Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:03 am

All sorted now but still have to decided whether to use the portable or van step.
Oh!! Decisions!!!
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Post by bikeralw on Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:24 pm

Put your faith in the van step now you know it's sorted. When I fixed mine I asked my extremely overweight neighbour if he'd like a look round the inside of my van.. I watched the step very carefully as he climbed up.. Not a sign of strain.
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Post by rose49f on Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:43 pm

Think I might. I still have plenty of room under the seats to put the portable ones in case.
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Post by John and steph on Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:27 pm

Hi .I have just got a autosleeper executive with a pull out single step .and the step has the same if not bigger issues. Being that were the screws in each side actually screw into has cracked and gone nothing there now to screw into. So an idea for you or someone able is to do what I will be doing when the weather improves is to remove the aluminium plate only and drill some holes through above were the original thread bar was and using little nuts and bolts. Bolt on a little  gate or small cupboard locking catch to the step and instead of putting screws back in to support it and me.put some heavier bolt and nuts ..job done to take any weight. .drinksallround.and alls well again. John and steph.
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Post by meanchris on Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:37 pm

I've always thought that the way these steps are designed must put huge loads on the pins and arms of the mechanism, even my 69kg makes ours visibly move.
A crack in the scissor arm mechanism where the main load is applied could be a catastrophe for someone infirm or lacking in skeletal calcium IMHO.

I am personally happy to enter and exit without the step, but SWMBO isn't even though she's slim and much lighter than me.

Something else to keep a careful eye on.
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Post by FOA on Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:26 pm

Our last van had a portable step. We decided to have one fixed on the next van this time as portable ones can be unsafe on uneven ground and on two occasions we just drove off with out it and a third occasion it got trapped under the van.
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Post by Greyhound on Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:16 am

bikeralw wrote:Put your faith in the van step now you know it's sorted. When I fixed mine I asked my extremely overweight neighbour if he'd like a look round the inside of my van.. I watched the step very carefully as he climbed up.. Not a sign of strain.
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smile! I like your ulterior motive there.
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