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Old 06-07-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Double Entry Step

We put a double step on our Casita and preferred it the single step, so I just did the same thing to our 19' Escape. (Credit to Larry at Little House Customs and tractors1 on our forum for passing on Larry's advise.)

I ordered the Elkhart Tool and Die (ETD) 920 - may not be the best deal but I ordered from Amazon: Amazon.com: Elkhart (920 BOXED) 20" Double Step: Automotive.

1) Remove the welded steel strap across the TOP of the step. (See post #42 by tractors1 in Entry Steps.) I used a dremel to cut the end of the weld, and then a cold chisel to remove the strap.
2) Grind/sand it smooth and paint the bare metal.
3) Unbolt the old step - 4 bolts.
4) The old step mounts inside and under 2 pieces of angle iron with a reinforcing gusset on top. The new step mounts outside and on the same structure. The lip on the new step is narrow enough it fit perfectly along the gusset. (I thought I would have to remove part of the top lip on the step frame, but it fit without doing so.)
Slide the new step on the brackets and mark new holes on the top of the brackets using the 2 front holes on the step.
5) Remove the step and drill the 2 holes.
6) Put the step back on and bolt in the front 2 bolts with the nuts/washers on the outside/top of the bracket. (If you don't the bolt interferes with the step.)
7) Drill 2 holes through the bracket using the back SIDE (square) holes in the step frame.
8) Insert the remaining 2 bolts, nuts on the outside to make it easier to tighten them.
9) Lube the step pivot and slide bar.
10) Optional - I didn't do this yet. Angle cut the existing bracket to match the front of the step frame.

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1 - original single step retracted
2 - original single step extended
3 - both steps in front of the door
4 - double step retracted
5 - double step half extended
6 - double step extended
7 - double step from the back
8 - double step from the front
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:36 PM   #2
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Nice job Doug, definitely something to think about. Is the step the new low point of the trailer?
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:37 PM   #3
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Excellent! I did the same on my Casita and have the same set of steps waiting for my 21 to be hatched. I am having ETI install the outriggers but not their single step. Larry also sent me the same directions; glad to know they actually work!
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Nice job Doug, definitely something to think about. Is the step the new low point of the trailer?
No - the tires are.

Seriously - probably, although I didn't really check. I thought about it being lower but the steps are directly in line with the tires so (to me) it doesn't matter very much.
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Old 06-07-2014, 03:38 PM   #5
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Excellent! I did the same on my Casita and have the same set of steps waiting for my 21 to be hatched. I am having ETI install the outriggers but not their single step. Larry also sent me the same directions; glad to know they actually work!
I didn't get them directly from Larry - just from your post on the other thread.

Why not let them install the step - that way you can reuse the 4 bolts they supply.
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I didn't get them directly from Larry - just from your post on the other thread.

Why not let them install the step - that way you can reuse the 4 bolts they supply.
Reace declined to install the double step. Might not have wanted to mess with cutting off the top bar. Saves me a bunch of freight to install them myself anyway. Casita was a good practice round!
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Nice job Doug, definitely something to think about. Is the step the new low point of the trailer?

No - the tires are.

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Old 06-07-2014, 05:08 PM   #8
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... I am having ETI install the outriggers but not their single step. ...
Sorry - I wasn't clear. Why not have them install the standard step? (Then you get the 4 bolts you need for the double step - and you can convert back if you ever want to.)
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The needed bolts come with the new steps. I'd rather not warehouse an unused single step - enough junk in my shop already.
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:12 AM   #10
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Thanks, I changed my profile to the Escape 21 I will give it a try
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Old 10-04-2015, 03:04 PM   #11
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To be fair I have gone back to the single step with a separate folding stool (as mentioned by others) for the bottom step. The bottom step was just too low sometimes.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:00 PM   #12
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that was my concern, I got a double step from Flexco and was going to modify it but when I put it in place to see how it would fit I realized that at times the bottom step would hit the ground before it was completely open. I also figured I would only gain an inch so my step from the top step to the floor of the Escape would be 10 inches instead of 11 inches. What I am going to try is to take a piece of 2X12, cut it the width of the step. Put some bolts thru it and thru the step to keep it aligned and use a wing nut on one of the bolts to hold it in. This way I can install it when I get where I am going and have a porch type step an 1.5 inch higher and 3 inches deeper.
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double step

Thanks Doug, I'll stop thinking about that step, maybe plan B or C or D.
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Could also rip it up real good the first time you forget to fold it back up when pulling out.

Anyway, nice work, Doug. All you need now is CP's step-light and, maybe this glue-on no-slip, no snag-um step tread.
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Old 11-03-2015, 12:05 PM   #15
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Another option that I just picked up is a set of spa steps. Each step is 7" leaving about 6" more to enter the trailer. I'm hoping that they will work out with no installation necessary. http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B...ilpage_o01_s00
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Here's how the "spa steps" look giving you a third step when entering or exiting the Escape. I am pleased with these as they will allow my wife easier entry to the trailer.
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Ah, so the top step is high enough to fit over the trailer step? Nice.
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I just ordered one!
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It actually "butts up" to the top step when it is not extended. We tried it out today and worked very well.
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Here's how the "spa steps" look giving you a third step when entering or exiting the Escape. I am pleased with these as they will allow my wife easier entry to the trailer.
Hi Kevin . Can you tell us where you purchased your spa steps and are they heavy ? Pat
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