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Or just buy fold-up plastic step.
£4 from Lidl.
Works perfectly. Never gets jammed. Needs no maintenance. Weighs buggerall.
Spend the £400 saved on fuel and wine.
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Or just buy fold-up plastic step.
£4 from Lidl.
Works perfectly. Never gets jammed. Needs no maintenance. Weighs buggerall.
Spend the £400 saved on fuel and wine.
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In fact if I were looking for a new m/home, one WITHOUT a step (swing down or slide out) would take priority on any shortlist.
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Or just buy fold-up plastic step.
£4 from Lidl.
Works perfectly. Never gets jammed. Needs no maintenance. Weighs buggerall.
Spend the £400 saved on fuel and wine.
Sorted.
In fact if I were looking for a new m/home, one WITHOUT a step (swing down or slide out) would take priority on any shortlist.

Agreed.
Don't underestimate the substantial amount of weight that they and their bracketry add to the MH too.

I took the folding one off our previous MH to repair it, and really was astonished at just how heavy the damn thing was - and that was without the weight of the two substantial brackets that had been added to the chassis to hold it in place.
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Everyone is entitled to an opinion and mine is that I wouldn't be without an electrically operated step!

I have very recently had to replace the step on my van a single fold out the best price I found was from a German eBay supplier delivered for €201, most other prices for UK were well in excess of £200 plus delivery.

As to retro fitting one it will depend on what fixing is available on your vehicle, it may be as simple as drilling 4 holes and bolting in place or having to make bespoke framework to support it. The price it costs will reflect the time and materials used, the actual wiring up is not complicated and the kit supplies all necessary hardware, switches, relays etc.

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Everyone is entitled to an opinion and mine is that I wouldn't be without an electrically operated step!

I have very recently had to replace the step on my van a single fold out the best price I found was from a German eBay supplier delivered for €201, most other prices for UK were well in excess of £200 plus delivery.

As to retro fitting one it will depend on what fixing is available on your vehicle, it may be as simple as drilling 4 holes and bolting in place or having to make bespoke framework to support it. The price it costs will reflect the time and materials used, the actual wiring up is not complicated and the kit supplies all necessary hardware, switches, relays etc.
But what can your external electric step do that my internal, fixed, moulded in, waterproof step can't?

Ohh yes, I remember it can go wrong and cost a lot to fix/replace.

Been there, done that and got the bills to prove it - total waste of payload and money.
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Everyone is entitled to an opinion and mine is that I wouldn't be without an electrically operated step!

I have very recently had to replace the step on my van a single fold out the best price I found was from a German eBay supplier delivered for €201, most other prices for UK were well in excess of £200 plus delivery.

As to retro fitting one it will depend on what fixing is available on your vehicle, it may be as simple as drilling 4 holes and bolting in place or having to make bespoke framework to support it. The price it costs will reflect the time and materials used, the actual wiring up is not complicated and the kit supplies all necessary hardware, switches, relays etc.
But what can your external electric step do that my internal, fixed, moulded in, waterproof step can't?

Ohh yes, I remember it can go wrong and cost a lot to fix/replace.


Been there, done that and got the bills to prove it - total waste of payload and money.
Yep as I said everyone is entitled to an opinion and that is yours.
No better or worse than mine, just yours.

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Yep as I said everyone is entitled to an opinion and that is yours.
No better or worse than mine, just yours.
Yep, just wait until yours starts sticking and then refusing to extend and/or retract the first day after you set off on a trip.

Then you may (or may not) appreciate mine.

I used to have the same opinion as you..................
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Or just buy fold-up plastic step.
£4 from Lidl.
Works perfectly. Never gets jammed. Needs no maintenance. Weighs buggerall.
Spend the £400 saved on fuel and wine.
Sorted.
How do you get back in the van once you got out to pick up the step

Don't bother with a step just bend your leg and push down, or get in through the cab.
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Yep as I said everyone is entitled to an opinion and that is yours.
No better or worse than mine, just yours.
Yep, just wait until yours starts sticking and then refusing to extend and/or retract the first day after you set off on a trip.

Then you may (or may not) appreciate mine.

I used to have the same opinion as you..................
Wasn't going to bother to reply to you but just like everyone is entitled to an opinion, everyone's capabilities are different.
I am particularly adept mechanically and more than capable to repair most anything that can be repaired or more to the point maintained.
If maintained most things mechanical will work as intended, it's when you neglect things that they are likely to fail you.
As Kev previously said a mudflap will prevent most of the grit and mud that causes the damage add to that some occasional loving care cleaning and lubricating and you'll not suffer the problems you have previously experienced and fear.

Your current vehicle and some others have a door threshold low enough as to enable easy entry without extra additions, whereas most do not.
Apart from the problem highlighted by Kev plastic steps can often be down right dangerous, I've seen quite a few discarded in the rubbish because they have collapsed.

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Our van has an internal cut-out step and is not supposed to require an external one. However, the threshold is quite high, so we carry a large sturdy plastic step and normally use it when pitched up. We can manage without, it's just more comfortable given our aging knee joints. The freestanding plastic step really comes into its own if the door side of the van has been raised significantly on the ramps to get the MH level.

The step also comes in handy for cleaning the windscreen, or fixing the wi-fi aerial high on the side of the van, or as an extra footrest when relaxing on an outdoor chair - so multipurpose use.

Not really considered investigating an electric step, which might not be feasible in any case on the design of our van.

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