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Old 08-28-2015, 07:14 PM   #1
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Wildcat 32RL FW - Step swap

Hey guys I've looking for some insight about upgrading / changing our 3 step manual entry to a 4 step. My DW has said in so many kind ways that a shorter step-up between treads would be a very kind thing to do for her tired hip joints.

I've seen one manufacturer that offers such an upgrade however I'm a little concerned about the added stress to the structure by creating a longer lever hanging from the chassis.

So my questions to this esteemed group are has anyone here done it? Did it create any unexpected issues? Where there any particular challenges in the process?
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:30 PM   #2
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Hi Tim.

The 4 step models I saw in Goshen were just an extra step. The between tread spacing was the same. I even tried some aluminum ones as well, same spacing.
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Might be a ground clearance problem if steps aren't spaced closer together...might want to drop by McCords Toyota on 4th Plain to check on units in stock for visuals and measurments...they're a Rockwood dealer, but have other brands as well.
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Don't know if they would work on mine but by their dimensions are not equal in step heights could be a trip hazard.
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My stair opening measures 29 1/2 up from ground, so it would depend on trailer static height.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:05 PM   #6
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Hi Tim.

The 4 step models I saw in Goshen were just an extra step. The between tread spacing was the same. I even tried some aluminum ones as well, same spacing.
Thanks for the quick response. I was afraid that it wouldn't change the step height. I'll keep looking but thanks for you research. You saved me a trip to Goshen.
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Old 08-29-2015, 12:58 PM   #7
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My DW hated that first step on our Sandpiper. Changed to a 4-step and she loves it. Simple install. Have noticed no issues except maybe a little more "give" on the bottom step. It was worth the money
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I also have a 32rl and was looking at doing the same thing it seemed some of the four steps were closer together as I was also at Goshen but did no see another 32rl I was in the back fourth but if you find out any info on the steps please share
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Has anyone come up with a stair mod or fix, my DW has had a hip replacement and complains about the factory steps
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:53 AM   #10
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Not yet, still doing my research. I've come across three different products. Trying to see firsthand before I buy.
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