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Old 10-23-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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Scamp Entry step options?

We did not order the step option for our new Scamp. Now, having camped for a few weeks and using an old small (too small) wooden stool as a step, we wonder how well,the Scamp factory one works. Or, what other solutions you have tried.

I plan to add a handle inside the entry to assist entering.

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Old 10-23-2013, 11:25 PM   #2
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Thinking best move is make your own.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:28 AM   #3
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This is what I use. Aluminum Folding Step - Stromberg Carlson PA-100 - Steps - Camping World
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:36 AM   #4
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Myron,

My first reaction to your step was that this guy is not clear on the concept of steps, they whould be at different levels!

Then I studied it further and realized it has two great features to it. Since it is at the same level as the step, it makes it easier to step down onto it and not have to focus on trying to step onto the much more narrow camper step. More like stepping onto a deck or something.

The other feature I like is that it supports the camper step so that when one person steps up into the camper, it keeps the camper from jerking down and irritating others already in the camper.

Very clever concept and design!
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Exactly right, Scamper Jim. The built in step on our Escape is handy, absolutely necessary, convenient, but so narrow it's function meets the bare minimum requirements and nothing more. If like us you got walking issues using the thing can actually be risky. The topper however, was on our last trip when old Ben, our 70 pound mix, caught a too-long, curved toenail in one of the step holes and ripped it off! Making an auxillary step extension "bench" became an immediate priority.
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Thinking best move is make your own.

And having the white trim on that red step makes it much easier to spot the corner of the step even in the dark of the moon! I like it
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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Exactly right, Scamper Jim. The built in step on our Escape is handy, absolutely necessary, convenient, but so narrow it's function meets the bare minimum requirements and nothing more. If like us you got walking issues using the thing can actually be risky. The topper however, was on our last trip when old Ben, our 70 pound mix, caught a too-long, curved toenail in one of the step holes and ripped it off! Making an auxillary step extension "bench" became an immediate priority.
Myron, I love your step! We don't have one at all, not even the topper. With a front amputee dog, a step would be a nice addition to our Scamp but i have worried that most are too small for her. Any direction or instruction you can give would be great. Seems like it would be a good winter project!
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Probably your best move is to buy one like Byron's but if you want something custom made, have access to a table saw, and are looking for a simple enough winter project I say go for it. It only takes four pieces of 3/4-inch thick plywood and a few wood screws. Everything else; size, height, angles, designed curves, number of screws, etc., is strictly up to you. Just remember the golden rule: measure twice, cut once, measure once, cut twice. Have fun. Here's a basic, quickie drawing of my step.
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I use a big exercise step for my UHaul. I love the size of it.
Its a Gold's Gym aerobic step, ordered it online from Walmart and picked it up at the store.
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Here's a picture of the Aluminum step/box/tote I had a local metal shop fab up for us (well more for HER, as she is vertically challanged, LOL). It about 16" X 14", has two (cut in) carrying handles on either sides. When inverted and used as a tote, it carrys our 4 stabalizer jscks (and whatever else will fit inside). We always have it just inside the door when traveling, as it is the first item to be deployed on set-up. The guy at the metal shop wanted to add a railing to it (making it legal) when I told him I wanted to use it as a step. Then I convinced him it was to be used as a heavy duty tote and he proceeded to fab it up.

NOW, keeping it polished up seems to be the trick of the day....
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Tanks for the instructions -- your work is really beautiful. I would like to buy one but so far, everything seems to small for our disabled dog. The exercise step is a good idea but might be too slippery for her. I like the combination of the attached step plus something on the ground.... I'm not a pro woodworker but if I cant purchase something, I'll give building one a go. Thanks again.
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Thanks Pam,
I was wondering what to use that thing in the closet for?
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Doug, that looks like a good idea! I like have a multi-use step and I can make ig as big as we need. Thanks for sharing!
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Tanks for the instructions -- your work is really beautiful. I would like to buy one but so far, everything seems to small for our disabled dog. The exercise step is a good idea but might be too slippery for her. I like the combination of the attached step plus something on the ground.... I'm not a pro woodworker but if I cant purchase something, I'll give building one a go. Thanks again.

You might consider making a small ramp. I've this done when people have dogs that have trouble getting up and down steps. Most Scamps sit pretty close to the ground so it wouldn't take a very long ramp to make it easier for your dog get in and out.
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