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Old 05-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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4 steps or 3 steps??

Are the new Columbus' coming with 4 steps or 3 steps?
DW recently had knee surgery and we found that a fiver with 4 steps is easier it go up and down into that one with 3 steps.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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I can't answer your question but the 4 step entry has been discussed here before and you could change your 3 step out for a 4 step... http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...eps-34504.html

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I just changed out my Hickory Springs 3 step on my Sierra 365SAQ to a 4 step Stromberg Carlson. What a difference! The Stromberg is a much sturdier step, and my children can climb it much better. I will try to post a pic tomorrow. I did lots of research on the 3 different manufactures out there with 4 step configurations. I felt this one was the best.
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Columbus models have come with 4 steps since about February.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:15 AM   #5
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This is my 2014 Columbus 320RS.

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I now just wish the internal steps could be changed to 4-steps.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:31 AM   #7
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The step height is the same but the bottom step is close to the ground. That way you never have a high first step.
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The step height is the same but the bottom step is close to the ground. That way you never have a high first step.
I thought the step height decreased to 7" rise between the steps (instead of 9" for the normal 3-step steps). That's what I read about the QuadraSteps, at least.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:06 AM   #9
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I just changed out my Hickory Springs 3 step on my Sierra 365SAQ to a 4 step Stromberg Carlson. What a difference! The Stromberg is a much sturdier step, and my children can climb it much better. I will try to post a pic tomorrow. I did lots of research on the 3 different manufactures out there with 4 step configurations. I felt this one was the best.
Do you have a link to the 4-steps that Stromberg offers? I could only find this page:
Stromberg Carlson - RV Steps & Step Accessories -
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:50 AM   #10
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We have 3 steps on our Sabre and sometimes we could usean extra step depending on grade of the site. So we use this step from Walmart:

It is very stable and has 2 hieght postions.
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We have 3 steps on our Sabre and sometimes we could usean extra step depending on grade of the site. So we use this step from Walmart:

It is very stable and has 2 hieght postions.
We have one similar - it has 4 adjustable feet and we place it below the bottom step. It's left us with an awkward 1/2 step a time or two. And, believe it or not - hasn't been enough once (our first trip of all things- I now know what to look for when evaluating sites a bit better!).

I'd still like to swap out for the 4-step versions due to the lower step height.
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I will be picking up our 2013 320rs (Mfg. date of 4/13) next week and it also has 4 steps. Just another "like" with this unit. Can't wait for the first trip!
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We have 3 steps on our Sabre and sometimes we could usean extra step depending on grade of the site. So we use this step from Walmart:

It is very stable and has 2 height positions.
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These work great. I found one at a resale shop for $17.00. I think they are about $30.00 at Wally World, if you can find one now. Last time I looked they didn't have them at my local WM. Best extra step for the money.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:02 AM   #15
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Looks like with the additional leverage added by the (4th) step,that the (Youroo Jack) will be required more to stop (Camper Rock) on entry & exit? Simple bolt on,self storing Youroo Jack! Youroo!!
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we carry an extra step. But want the 4 step. Going to see about getting it at Goshen
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:08 AM   #17
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As youroo says, the 4 steps put a lot of extra leverage on the 2 bolts and the structure they go thru'. If I wanted an extra step, I would use a separate independent step.
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If/when(?) I get the 4-step model, supports under it will be part of the purchase.

The problem is - I have 2 doors and it just ends up an expensive mod!
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If/when(?) I get the 4-step model, supports under it will be part of the purchase.

The problem is - I have 2 doors and it just ends up an expensive mod!
Just make a couple of wooden steps and when traveling, you can turn them upside down and store things in them.
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If/when(?) I get the 4-step model, supports under it will be part of the purchase.

The problem is - I have 2 doors and it just ends up an expensive mod!
I do not want to get into your financial situation,but after spending (300$ x 2),for Steps (5$ x 2) for jacks seems small$. Youroo!!
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