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Posted: 11/01/20 11:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just saw this as a ‘possible solution’ on Youtube...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM5mEjyOojc

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Posted: 11/01/20 11:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is what I did on my BF10.4:

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26930920.cfm

One difficulty with the BF basement campers is the basement door must remain accessible, but placing the first step below it is a very large first step down from the door. I've used this since 2013 and it has worked very well. On my prior BF9.6, I built something slightly similar, but it was mounted on a hitch extension instead of the camper. The scissors steps are much more stable and safe feeling, if they are rigidly attached.

If you are up this way you are welcome to have a look and a try. There is a simple video demonstrating.


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Hosts and I believe Arctic Fox has a bumper that takes up some of the distance to the ground, but still as high as the truck bumper. I think a simiilar type platform could be built although you may have to reinforce the Bigfoot at the rear.

A Host/Arctic Fox step then folds down from there.


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Note that the demonstrations show stair configurations with the camper off of the truck. Jack up the camper and put it on the truck and the designs will not be all that safe. No way would I want to go up any of them trying to carry anything especially kids.

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Posted: 11/01/20 12:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

little giant steps

I use these - the steps are really deep and level (like regular stairs) and the handhold bar can fold down out of the way. Takes about 3 seconds to pull out of the camper and set up. WAAAAYY cheaper than the scissors-fold steps. I should add that being free-standing means I can move them around to crank the jacks or open/close the pop-up latches

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If the angle is too steep, sounds like you need to add a step.

FWIW; the Glo Steps are an improvement over other brands we have owned. More stable, wider...


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Posted: 11/01/20 03:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wouldn't it be nice to have a powered lift gate? Push a button, take a ride up or down, no steps. [emoticon]

I like the look and price of that Little Giant. Frankly, for what companies are asking for some of their multiple-step units, I think they should somehow include a fold-up handrail as part of the assembly; otherwise they're a lot of bucks for what looks to me like an eventual slip and fall.


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My first TC was a Tejas 8ft. Bought it 3rd hand from a fellow employee. It came with a set of steps homemade out of plywood with Astroturf stapled over them. They worked great. They would just fit inside the TC door. Store them inside. I've been saying for 3 years I would build a set for my Bigfoot. I need to get after that project. My wife won't set foot in my BF because of the steps. Uh, wait a minute, let me re-think that project.


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Deb and Ed M wrote:

little giant steps

I use these - the steps are really deep and level (like regular stairs) and the handhold bar can fold down out of the way. Takes about 3 seconds to pull out of the camper and set up. WAAAAYY cheaper than the scissors-fold steps. I should add that being free-standing means I can move them around to crank the jacks or open/close the pop-up latches

Ditto. Very sturdy and useful around the house too. Can also work next to a trailer tongue for those times we leave it connected.

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i had this problem, old brophy steps came with the amper. when they were deployed they were all at different angles felt kind flimsy and the dog wouldnt go up or down them. I also was horrified at the price of glowsteps but eventualy decided to try them. they are simply wonderfull they are rock solid, all at the same slope. just make sure you measure good where they are going to mount to the ground with the camper on the truck so you get the proper amount of steps, and also get the ones with the 8" deep treads my dog goes up and down them no problem (big lab) .

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