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Old 09-22-2016, 11:45 AM   #1
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DIY Step carpets, and extra step

Hello everyone,

Thought I'd share an easy (and cheap) upgrade you can do. I've done this on my last 2 campers now.

We usually kick off our shoes/sandals on a rug outside the camper. There is nothing nicer than having a soft (warm) step to walk up. But I didn't want to pay the high prices for the carpet pieces.

So I used some leftover outdoor rug (already had, free) and bought a grommet tool set (like 15 bucks on amazon), and made my own carpet.

Just cut the carpet to the step width, then make it about 2x the step depth (take into consideration the thickness of the step). Then fold over the ends and add your grommets. Finally, use some rope to tie the ends together and snug it up nice and tight.

Also, it always seems like we need an extra step. Again, not wanting to spend over $100 to buy a heavy metal one... I decided to build my own.

I used some leftover 5/4x6 deck board, with some leftover 2x4 to make this step.

I stashed some extra 2x4 under the step to make it 1.5" taller when needed. The last several trips I've needed the step with the 1.5" extra so I've just left these on.

Again I put some leftover outdoor rug on the step to make it soft on the toes.

And its still much lighter than my parents' metal step they have for their motorhome.

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Old 09-22-2016, 11:52 AM   #2
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I like it! Especially the step carpets. I may just surprise the DW with a set of those.

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Old 09-22-2016, 01:32 PM   #3
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Nicely done all around.

I keep having to remind myself not to overbuild on RV projects so as to keep the weight down.
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:50 PM   #4
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Nice job. I like people who think out of the box somewhat and use stuff they have lying around and save monies.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:45 PM   #5
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Nicely Done!
I had been thinking of building a small platform to provide a little extra height when the step if further off the ground than is comfortable, but I was going to use some metal studs. Cut and bend a 10' stud and you can have a 30" square, or a 2'x3' rectangle. Use some extra to run cross bracing and cover with 5/8" ply or perhaps deck boards like you did. I'll have to send photos when I make it.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:56 PM   #6
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Glad to see I'm not the only one. DW said the first step is too high so she wanted a step that would stow on the step of the MH when not outside. The carpet was cut to size from IKEA door mats. 1.99 each and is held in place with Velcro. The only problem is the step keeps moving because my granddaughter says it's her bench. Guess I'll make a second one.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:06 PM   #7
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Good job, that looks great! Thanks for posting pics.
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Old 09-23-2016, 02:58 PM   #8
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Been doing this ourselves. I saw $14.95 on one of those replacement step carpets. There must be all of a dimes worth of materials in one. They are easy to make. You can find scrap outdoor carpet everywhere.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:39 PM   #9
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I'm already on it! We bought a set of radius mats, but they started falling apart as I started putting them, they were returned quickly.
I already have the grommet kit, so this is going to be a breeze after seeing the posted pics!
Thanks again!

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