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Old 05-22-2023, 09:31 AM   #1
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Do step stabilizers really work?

I just purchased a SolidStance step stabilizer and was curious of people's experience with them? Seems like when stepping on the bottom step (where the support is installed) it would work, but when stepping on the middle or upper step, wouldn't the bottom step move along with the camper and not provide any support at all? It seems like the support should be under the highest step not the lowest one, am I missing something? Thanks
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Old 05-22-2023, 10:53 AM   #2
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i dont have that particular item, but i do use a quick products step stabilizer. put it under the bottom step (we have the old two step pull out stairs). it works well for us keeping the camper from moving when we use the steps - and we are not lite people.
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Old 05-22-2023, 11:04 AM   #3
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I just purchased a SolidStance step stabilizer and was curious of people's experience with them? Seems like when stepping on the bottom step (where the support is installed) it would work, but when stepping on the middle or upper step, wouldn't the bottom step move along with the camper and not provide any support at all? It seems like the support should be under the highest step not the lowest one, am I missing something? Thanks
I can't see your installation but if you installed them on a folding lower step, then they would do exactly as you have described. I think the idea is to provide stabilization on the longest part of the lever. (the bottom step)

On our last R/V with 4 folding steps, I put a scissors jack under the 2nd step from the bottom when the steps were deployed and it worked well.

On EDIT: Watch this video (especially the first 40-50 seconds) and you'll see the flex you described.
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Old 05-24-2023, 11:54 PM   #4
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I bought one of those & had to return it. My steps were not wide enough for it to work. I really wanted it to work, but no way.
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Old 05-25-2023, 06:20 AM   #5
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I havent used that specific item, but I have used something else and in my experience it really did make a difference. The product I used went under the frame rather than under the step.

Like this:
https://www.campingworld.com/univers...wwnJqbbEW9levU
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They have slide out tubes or braces what ever they are called. I used one of these to put under the frame of the camper just behind the step. It was adjustable. Worked great plus I had a pair of step stabilizers attached to the bottom step. I had the fold up 3 step. The stabilizers where permanently attached to bottom step and you folded them up against the bottom of the step when you got ready to travel,. These two items sure made the camper rock prof. Later RJD
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Old 05-25-2023, 06:39 AM   #7
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I use a scissor jack under second step and it works for me.
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I can't see your installation but if you installed them on a folding lower step, then they would do exactly as you have described. I think the idea is to provide stabilization on the longest part of the lever. (the bottom step)
I have this device installed on the bottom step of my TT. It does a great job of eliminating the stair flex when in use with no movement of TT when the stabilizer jacks are also in use.
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Old 05-25-2023, 10:00 AM   #9
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I have it on our Wildcat 5er and I would not live without them now.
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Old 05-25-2023, 11:17 AM   #10
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Our Wildwood has a Lippert SolidStep - little bit different from the SolidStance in that the ends telescope out instead cranking down from the step. I don't think our 3 year old would be able to navigate the steps without some sort of stabilization. Heck, even with the SolidStep she has a tendency to fall off. Apparently she got her Dad's (meaning my) sense of balance and gracefulness.
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Old 05-25-2023, 11:28 AM   #11
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We have the Lippert solid steps and we had to put the carpeting on them because the dogs wouldn’t walk on the aluminum
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Old 04-05-2024, 02:38 AM   #12
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I think you are right. Besides that, I just mounted the Lippert unit on my lower step, now unable to stow steps for travel. Almost can, but it's too tall by at least a 1/2". If I try to force it in, may be very difficult to get back out. I will try as you suggest. Thanks!
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Hmm, that does not sound right. Are you sure your removing the pins and folding the feet in so they lay flat? I have the same unit on my main entrance and it works fine. If I do not fold the feet under it will do as you say.
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Old 04-05-2024, 11:06 AM   #14
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It is the U-channel mount that is too tall, not the stabilizer arms. Contacts the bottom of the trailer when pushing in to stow. Migh be able to force it, but may also be tough to pull out again. I'll look at it again when the rain stops.
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Old 04-05-2024, 11:28 AM   #15
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Are you folding the bottom step in first? If not it will not work correctly.
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Old 04-05-2024, 01:35 PM   #16
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Yes, same as always before. Lift and push in to store is where the U-frame contacts the bottom of the trailer before it drops into stowed position.
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