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Old 09-13-2019, 11:43 AM   #1
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OK, did I miss the memo? I have to say that we were a little surprised to get the trailer home, put the step out and see how high it was compared to the one on our 19. That's a pretty big first step, even for fit people. When we're parallel to a beach etc. and the surface slopes away from the trailer the step would be even higher.

Is this a new design of step? Or are we just forgetting that the 19 was the same? And, no, no, no, our solution will not be any type of freestanding step stool.

It looks like there's a couple of manufacturers that make a suitable 2 step unit but I'd like to know when this current step came into use. Do all models use the same step?

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Old 09-13-2019, 12:13 PM   #2
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I just went out and measured mine, it is 11.5 to the top of the step, it does drop down once fully extended into a locked position. did you get the high axle option?
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:23 PM   #3
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2nd step option available

Soon-to-be owners should be advised that ETI is now offering a 2-step option. I am told it hangs down 8" when folded up (vs the 4" that the current 1-step option hangs down), so likely not ideal unless you have opted for the high lift axel. I still need to decide if I want to get the 2-step on my new E19 (with the high lift axel) - anyone have a high lift E19 and find their single step too high for comfort?
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:24 PM   #4
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Negative, no high lift axle.

I know what you mean about pulling out and dropping down. That's what our 19 did.

No, this one just pulls more or less straight out like a drawer, no drop down.

The photo somewhat distorts the situation. The first step up is 14" then 7" to the trailer floor.

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Old 09-13-2019, 12:37 PM   #5
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Here's the thing. It's not a matter of one step or two. It's that the single step that came on my 21 isn't the same type of single step that my 19 came with.

On our old non-high lift 19 the single step came out, dropped down a bit and made for more or less two equal steps up into the trailer. The one on the 21 doesn't drop down and that makes a giant first step.

In your case, if the single step you get is the same, with a high lift axle, it'd be a really high first step. Not something the average person would want.

In my case, I shouldn't have to be considering ripping off the step and buying a 2 step unit.

I'll wait to hear from others who have picked up their trailers and see what type of step they've received recently before I follow up.

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Old 09-13-2019, 12:38 PM   #6
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Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, I do not think the high lift option would impact as the frame remains the same height, it is the trailer body being raised 2", thus your second step would change going in from the outside but the 1st step should remain the same regardless.....
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:40 PM   #7
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Perhaps they may still have the other style step and can change it for you, Ron, but you are right that first one is awkward. I wonder why it was changed from the dropped down model?
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Ron, we have the same issue I will be changing out the single step to a 2 step setup soon
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:41 PM   #9
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Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, I do not think the high lift option would impact as the frame remains the same height, it is the trailer body being raised 2", thus your second step would change going in from the outside but the 1st step should remain the same regardless.....
Is that right Jim? I had thought (perhaps incorrectly) that the high lift option increased the distance between the axle and the frame. This would mean the whole frame is 3" higher, and since, I presume the step is bolted onto the frame, any steps would be an additional 3" off the ground.
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OK, did I miss the memo? I have to say that we were a little surprised to get the trailer home, put the step out and see how high it was compared to the one on our 19. That's a pretty big first step, even for fit people. When we're parallel to a beach etc. and the surface slopes away from the trailer the step would be even higher.

Is this a new design of step? Or are we just forgetting that the 19 was the same? And, no, no, no, our solution will not be any type of freestanding step stool.

It looks like there's a couple of manufacturers that make a suitable 2 step unit but I'd like to know when this current step came into use. Do all models use the same step?

Ron
I just measured the step on my 2017 21' with high lift. The top of the step to the ground is 11". The top of the step to the door threshold is 11".

Oh, and it looks it is time for painting again - it's amazing how fast the paint chips!
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