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Old 07-20-2018, 04:16 PM   #1
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The “Slippery Slope” of the 5.0 TA

Soon afte we took delivery of our 5.0, we realized that installing a grab handle at the corner of the wardrobe (see photo) was a good idea to ensure a safe descent down he stairs from the loft. It’s saved us both from a bumpy ride down the short flight of stairs several times. However, there is another contributing factor to such unfortunate missteps - the poly carpeting on the stair treds. We find it very slippery dry or damp and it’s caused as many issues as our declining sense of balance (or wine consumption levels) have caused. Have any 5.0 owners replaced their stair treds with a less slippery covering? Appreciate hearing your thoughts, thanks.
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i agree haven't fallen yet but they are slippery. i don't have a handle but looks like good idea!
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When contemplating a new 5.0 I asked Reace if he could install a rail or grab bar to assist on the steps and he said it could be done. The handle picture appears to be pointing to the front of the bed? Why not put another one on the other corner face to assist going down? There should be a stud there for support.
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When contemplating a new 5.0 I asked Reace if he could install a rail or grab bar to assist on the steps and he said it could be done. The handle picture appears to be pointing to the front of the bed? Why not put another one on the other corner face to assist going down? There should be a stud there for support.
II didn’t put another handle on the driver’s side because the stairs are centered, offset by the wardrobe/bath on the passenger side and the over/under cabinets on the driver side. It’s east to grab from either side.
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I did not mean on the opposite side of the trailer but the other side of that wall where the first one was, does that not head down the steps?
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I had Escape throw some carpet in loose and not put it on the stairs as I was rebuilding them anyway. My thought was it would match the loft where I did have them install it. Well, you can't really see the carpet in the loft, so I should have gone with a better quality carpet, one that matched my decor better. Something I will do some time in the future.

Neither of us finds the carpet at all slippery though.

A handrail is another plan for sometime into the future.
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I did not mean on the opposite side of the trailer but the other side of that wall where the first one was, does that not head down the steps?
Sorry, Jim. We can hold onto the one handle while standing on the floor or sitting at the foot of the bed so that’s all we seem to need.
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