What is the best RV step?

Getting in and getting out of your RV is the first and last thing you do at the beginning and end of every journey you take. With so many step options available how do you decide what way is best for you? From the do-it-yourselfers to Lippert’s Solid Step, MORryde’s StepAbove and Torklift’s GlowStep Revolution, which is going to meet and exceed your needs?

The DIY options
Best RV Step Blog 1If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person there are a couple options for you. The first project idea I saw was a pallet staircase that was four broken down pallets that were cut and stacked to create stairs. This project was affordable and the materials seemed easy to find. Another project layout I saw, was a staircase cut out of plywood with slats to insert as the steps. These kinds of projects do take time but materials are both affordable and readily available. The downside might be the time it takes to build it, and also finding a place to store it if you are traveling.

Lippert SolidSteps
Best RV Step Blog 2These steps operate through a range of heights with adjustable extensions. The riser height is 8 inches. The design comes parallel to the ground reducing the risk of slipping or falling during use. The step system stows in the doorway inside the RV. This set of steps is a manual steel step with aluminum tread with optional LED tread lighting. The Lippert Solid steps has a 400-pound capacity. It’s a sturdy step, but be sure to double check that the steps are brushed off to prevent any water, snow, or other debris from getting inside.

MORryde StepAbove
Best RV Step Blog 3This is a set of steps that provide stable entry and exit from your RV. A twist handle is used to release the steps and they store right inside the door. The steps seem simple to use. You lift the bottom of the step up and close it above your head- similar to a drawbridge. Many see concerns with the height of the twist handle from the ground. As the twist handle is not at a low point for access, this might be difficult for a shorter person or a child to lower the step. As with the Lippert step, there is a possibility of debris like water, sand, dirt or mud inside the RV since it stores inside the door opening. Parking within narrow spaces is also concerning because this step requires about 5 feet to deploy with its drawbridge design. It features adjustable feet for uneven terrain, however just like the Lippert step, it provides no elevation adjustment for overall step height adjustment that is often needed when leveling an RV. This step has a step riser gap from 8 to 9 inches depending on the model. You can purchase the StepAbove stairs in a three step or four step series with an optional handrail and 500-pound weight capacity for both sets.

Torklift GlowStep Revolution
Best RV Step Blog 4With seven inches of precision elevation adjustment, three positions of upper adjustments between RV and top step, five positions of lower adjustments, plus All Terrain Landing Gear adjustable feet you are guaranteed the safest entry and exit of your RV. These steps are composed of 100 percent rust-free aircraft grade aluminum and are self-illuminating, glowing in the dark for up to 10 hours with no batteries needed and recharge with five minutes of light exposure. It has a specifically engineered hinge assembly unlike any in the industry using a bushing bearing design. Unlike many camper steps available, the GlowStep Revolution has a riser gap of only 7.5 inches where others have a range of 8 – 11 inches. This step system stores and locks under the door way, making it easy to deploy and store. Many accessories are available for the GlowStep Revolution such as the GlowGuide handrail, SafeStep pet barriers, and the DirtDestroyer. Torklift’s GlowStep line of RV steps guarantee longevity, durability, and quality with a lifetime warranty. Check out what Trailer Life Magazine has to say about the GlowStep Revolution here.

 So there you have it, the different types of steps that are available for your trailer! In order to enjoy the GlowStep Revolution, give us a call at 800.246.8132 or email us at support@torklift.com to get your set today. 

 

 

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Have an RV Step horror story? Win the GlowStep Revolution with #RVStepFail

 

There’s a lot of creative people in the world and that leads to countless quick-fix solutions when problems are encountered. At its best, this inspires innovation and invention; at its worst, it leads to some pretty humorous attempts at problem-solving. As we ring in the New Year, we would love to celebrate both the innovation and the lack thereof. That’s why we’re introducing our RV Step Fail contest.

RV Step Fail

Failed RV StepFailed RV StepsRV steps are notorious for needing modification: the steps are either too short or too shaky, they can’t easily accommodate uneven ground and the surface area is always too small. Complaints about factory trailer steps are as numerous as the ways folks have tried to solve them—with stool legs, concrete blocks, wooden platforms, booster steps and makeshift handrails. You name it and someone has likely tried it.

If you or someone you see has ever been in this situation, we would love to hear about it! Send us photographs and stories of either your steps or steps you’ve spotted and you’ll be entered into a drawing for the chance to win the GlowStep Revolution: the revolutionary, all-in-one RV step solution.

Here’s how to enter:
• Post your photo on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag “#RVStepFail”
Email us your photo

Find Torklift International on Facebook or Twitter, @Torklift and learn more about the drawing on torklift.com/RVStepFail. Drawing will take place on May 25th, 2016.

Make the GlowStep Revolution your New Year’s Resolution
The GlowStep Revolution is the ultimate RV step system. It was specially engineered as a solution for the common problems that people face with factory RV steps, including step height, connection to the ground and long-lasting durability. Made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, the patent pending design of GlowStep Revolution is built to last. It is proudly made in the USA and backed by Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty. Plus, it glows in the dark! Who doesn’t love that?

Five Ways the GlowStep Revolution Outshines Traditional Modifications

 1. Elevation Control

The GlowStep Revolution has 7 inches of vertical adjustability, allowing you to pinpoint the perfect level for your RV steps. Why is that important? Because this step is 100% booster step free. Elevation Control Bubblev2Determine the space between the top step and RV entry with different settings, allowing for a range of 4 inches. The adjustable feet of the All Terrain Landing Gear provide an additional 3 inches for determining the perfect level of steps. Since the feet on the All Terrain Landing Gear are individually adjustable, battling the woes of uneven ground is no longer a concern. Simply choose the setting that provides the most level and safe step configuration for you and your RV.

 

2. Safety and Stability

There are many reasons why we see trailer owners fixing RV steps, but the one we most often hear about is that the initial factory RV step is too high. GlowStep RevolutionGlowStep Revolution glows for safe entry at nightPeople invent all sorts of solutions to connect their factory trailer steps to the ground but often run into issues with instability. No one wants to walk out at night on a shaky platform, risking ankle injuries as they “jump” from the bottom step. This is where the GlowStep Revolution really shines—it is equipped with All Terrain Landing Gear, adjustable feet that connect the step system to uneven ground, which safely eliminates that swaying diving-board sensation. You’ll never need an RV booster step again.

Additionally, the GlowStep wasn’t christened as glowing for naught—it literally glows in the dark for up to 10 hours after only five minutes of light exposure. Getting in and out of your RV at night has never been easier. Enter our contest, and you could be the lucky winner that gets to see how the GlowStep Revolution shines.

3. Adaptable Versatility

The third big factor that concerns RV owners is leveling RV steps on rough ground. Jumping off the bottom step onto uneven surfaces is an accident waiting to happen, but with the GlowStep Revolution’s precision elevation control and the All Terrain Landing Gear you’ll never again need to worry about uneven ground. The landing gear adapts to any type of terrain, providing unparalleled versatility in the most unpredictable environments.

Another issue that some RV owners face when parking on uneven surfaces or small hills is trouble deploying factory trailer steps. Have you ever needed to dig a hole to allow your bottom step to unfold? (If so, be sure to share it with us!) Accommodate even the trickiest of scenarios and achieve the perfect step height with GlowStep Revolution.

4. Long-lasting Durability

Too often we hear consumers complaining about broken RV steps—steps that just can’t handle life on the road. Unlike traditional RV steps which are made from steel, the GlowStep Revolution was crafted from aircraft grade aluminum to keep rust at bay. Designed specifically for towables and Stowed GlowStep RevolutionGlowStep Revolution in stowed positionside-entry truck campers, these aren’t just any ordinary scissor steps. Torklift’s design was engineered with bushing bearings bolted at each hinge point along the scissor design, which help prevent loosening of steps over time and improves weight-bearing ability. With its lifetime warranty, Torklift promises durability and longevity of the GlowStep system—which is more than we can say for those quick-fix systems.

5. Customize Your RV Steps
Just in case you want to dress up your GlowStep Revolution, there are several bright and shiny accessories that were engineered to pair nicely with its initial design. Attachments such as the GlowGuide Handrail, the SafeStep pet barrier panels and the DirtDestroyer shoe cleaning attachment provide a wealth of creative solutions to meet your additional RV step needs.

GlowStep Revolution Features

For more information on the GlowStep Revolution, be sure to check out Kevin Livingston’s article “Step Right Up” featured in Trailer Life Magazine.

GlowStep Revolution In UseWin your own GlowStep Revolution today!
Don’t forget to send us your stories and photographs. We want to see the breadth of ways you have come up with to fix those notorious factory RV steps. We’ll laugh and cry with you -- maybe we’ll even feature a few of our favorite RV Step Fails on the blog!

Submit your photo here or post on social media using hashtag “#RVStepFail” to be entered to win the GlowStep Revolution by Torklift International.

 

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Don’t fall for it -- Relinquish the booster step for your trailer entry with GlowStep Revolution RV Step System

leap-of-faithDon’t take a leap of faith
when you don’t have to
With a brand new travel trailer you’ll quickly discover the downfall to the factory OEM trailer steps. Not only do flimsy foldout steps hover above ground, but they also feel like you’re scaling a springing plank or diving board each time you enter and exit the trailer. The entire RV shakes and shimmies like the California quake of ’94. When exiting your RV do you ever feel like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade when he took a leap of faith? The gap from the last step to the ground is considerably too large to safely maneuver.

You come to the realization that you’ll need to supplement the step configuration on your trailer. What a shame...Or is it?

GlowStep-Revolution-RV-steps

With the newly introduced and first-of-its-kind GlowStep Revolution step system for towables, all of your trailer step problems are solved. The high quality steps made with aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel have a smart scissor step design with a lifetime warranty that guarantees your money well spent. Due to the precise attention to quality and level of workmanship, you’ll never have to think about replacing trailer steps once the GlowStep Revolution is installed.

 

anti-boosterDon’t settle for unsafe booster steps

The GlowStep Revolution is the epitome of safety and convenience. No longer worry about having to haul around booster steps, cinder blocks, pallets or other makeshift homemade steps that only Band-Aid the gap between the bottom of the factory step to the ground. Who wants to carry these items around let alone store them inside their RV? Why not invest in a sturdy and reliable step that will last a lifetime. As an aftermarket trailer step, you can bring the GlowStep Revolution right along with you as you upgrade from trailer to trailer. Installation on towables is so simple, you’ll wonder what took you so long to upgrade in the first place.

What are the downfalls of using trailer step imposters that act as booster steps and how does the GlowStep Revolution RV Step system remedy these issues?

Let’s take a closer look:

STABILITY
Problem: This issue is somewhat obvious when using OEM trailer steps. The up and down movement from entering the trailer causes your coach to rock side-to-side. Factory steps on towables also lack any possibility of adjustment. If using a booster step, the added step to close the gap in step rise is unable to adapt to terrain leaving steps unsecured and wobbly.

Solution: All of the features built within the GlowStep Revolution contribute to its unmatched level of stability. In particular the Earth-to-RV feature and All Terrain Landing Gear take these steps to the next level. Connecting the steps all the way to the ground from the entry door of your trailer is the only way to achieve a rock solid step configuration. Its 3-position adjustment allows easy leveling as you can determine how flat and even your steps sit.

all-terrain-landing-gearAll Terrain Landing Gear
adjusts to level RV steps
With All Terrain Landing Gear there’s adjustability on both sides of the step so you can safely and accurately level the steps to give you that firm feeling of foundation you desire. All Terrain Landing Gear meets any challenge: rocks, sand, mud, snow or sleet. No matter what mother earth puts under your rig, the landing gear remains planted and secure where you put it.

Have the original GlowSteps? The All Terrain Landing Gear is available to purchase by itself and can be added to most scissor steps for leveling capability.

 

SAFETY
extra-step-to-safetyProblem: Factory steps and booster steps lack adjustability for a wide range of safety needs. With no way to add or subtract a step to the factory step, what you see is what you get.

Solution: With GlowStep Revolution, we’ve taken accessibility to the ultimate level of safety. Since it works as a system with GlowGuide Handrail, pet-friendly SafeStep and more, you can tailor your step configuration to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking to create a safe entry for folks with limited mobility, small children or even your pets, pick and choose the features you need to achieve optimum safety.

Click here to learn more about each component you can add to your step system.

STORAGE
gsr-stored-finalGlowStep Revolution stores easily
in the factory step compartment
Problem:
Good luck finding somewhere to store a trailer booster step that isn’t a nuisance. When space is already limited, storing extra cargo and lugging around extra weight is the farthest thing from convenience. Also, you’ll find that factory steps are unable to collapse into the step compartment without hanging down and impairing ground clearance.

Solution: Not only does the GlowStep Revolution deploy in seconds, it stores safely and easily into the body of your RV when not in use giving you greater ground clearance than a factory step provides. The step latches and uses a security pin to keep it safely in place during transit.

STYLE
Problem: Plastic or wooden booster steps disrupt what could be a seamless entry/exit to your RV. Makeshift steps are an eyesore and primarily lack functionality.

Solution: The GlowStep Revolution is a great addition to any towable. The RV step system looks high quality and sleek because its aluminum composition that’s non-corrosive and rust-free. Its strength and longevity come from the carefully engineered design features: stainless steel bushing bearings, anti-slip SureGrip step tread and double bar hinges.

With up to 10 hours of glowing capability from just five minutes of light exposure, don’t worry about lack of visibility at nighttime.

gsr-doublehinge
Steps are double-hinged for strength

So there you have it. The GlowStep Revolution RV step system will tackle any challenge and misfortune your factory trailer steps have been causing you. Recently, we’ve heard several reports of RV manufacturers recalling RVs due to faulty steps. Click here to see a recent story about RV steps breaking due to weak rivets, causing the steps to give way.

Take your safety into your own hands (or feet in this case) by trusting the GlowStep Revolution RV step system.

Click here to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution and see what others had to say about the RV steps here:

 


 

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Step Right Up!

We are so lucky to have a chance to have one of our products featured in the September edition of Trailer Life Magazine! What product do you ask? None other than the newest addition to our product family, the GlowStep Revolution.

“… it doesn’t get much better than this.”
                    -Kevin Livingston, Trailer Life Magazine

Revolution-step-system

Hey, it doesn’t get much better than this. Here are some of the reasons why we think the GlowStep Revolution is amazing:

• With our step system design, the GlowStep Revolution brings you down to ground level, making it so you don’t need unsafe booster steps
• Our specially designed All Terrain Landing Gear quickly levels on uneven terrain and eliminates the unstable and unsafe ‘diving board’ feeling
• The step system includes various options (purchased separately) that let you build an entry and exit system to suite your specific needs: the SafeStep barrier, GlowGuide Handrail and DirtDestroyer shoe cleaner
• Made from 100% lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, meaning that it is rust free
• Works on both side entry truck campers and towables
• Bushing bearing bolted for maximum stability and longevity, preventing the steps from coming loose over time
• Glows in the dark for up to 10 hours with only 5 minutes of light exposure
• Comes with our Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• The GlowStep Revolution is proudly made in the USA

glowstep-revolution-atlgAll Terrain Landing Gear levels trailer steps

We use and created a specially engineered hinge design unlike any other in the industry and is the only scissor step system designed for towables, fifth wheels and side entry campers. We had a Q & A with a couple of engineers from our team about the GlowStep Revolution. Below are their responses:

 

How did you come up with the GlowStep Revolution design?
We measured many different trailers to determine the most common step bracket widths and hole spacing. After some testing, we found that when trailers aren’t parked on level ground, the height of the door could change significantly. Other step companies counter this problem by preventing the steps from contacting the ground and allows more movement with their lower steps. This adds a lot of stress to the trailer’s frame, but our design, with All Terrain Landing Gear, is much more stable with the bottom of the steps resting on the ground.

We also designed our mounting bracket to allow the top step to be adjusted up and down as well. With both the mounting height and lower steps being adjustable, it keeps any one step from being too tall for people.

What was the process of creating the GlowStep Revolution from idea to final product?
Step 1: Research how current steps are mounted
Step 2: Design a prototype
Step 3: Test the prototype and look for ways to improve the product
Step 4: Redesign the mounting bracket to add in more adjustment and make other minor tweaks based on customer feedback
Step 5: Strength test the system to verify calculations
Step 6: Created drawings, bills of materials, jigs for production, and write instructions for installation

What about the glow in the dark aspect of the GlowStep Revolution?
Brought over from our other GlowStep line. We often hear how much our customers love it and is one of the most useful features of the product. It was a no-brainer to carry the glow in the dark feature into the new GlowStep line.

What is coolest part of the GlowStep Revolution for our engineering department?
The upper step adjustment mechanism that relies on an indexing plate and lever mounted cog to hold the plate in position.

There you have it folks, from the creators own mouths! Make sure that you go check out the article in Trailer Life Magazine and learn all about all the amazing features of our GlowStep Revolution!

Watch this video to learn more about the GlowStep Revolution:

 


 

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