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Old 08-18-2018, 09:31 AM   #1
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Anybody put a step pad on Kwikee 32 Steps

Our furry son does not like the steps into the coach. He doesnít like slippery things (like our new hardwood floors). I want to install step pads on the retractable steps, but will this cause problems closing? Has anybody done this?

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You can purchase from almost any RV supplier little carpet pieces with springs that hold them in place. We have used them for years. Will that work?
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Thatís what Iím looking for. The other question I have is can I leave them on, or is it something else to be put on and taken off for each stop. Really want it to be one and done.
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You can leave them on permanently.
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Our dealer recommended Prest-O-Fit Outrigger RV Step Rugs. About $20 per step on Amazon.
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Thatís what Iím looking for. The other question I have is can I leave them on, or is it something else to be put on and taken off for each stop. Really want it to be one and done.
I left mine on, no issues.
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My steps are a different brand than Kwikee (mine are Frigette I think), but there's enough room between them that we put an AstroTurf pad on the bottom step. This stuff is about an inch thick and acts as a boot sole scraper -- for cleaning off mud, pebbles, etc. from our shoe/boot soles. You can see how thick this is and the steps fold up just fine. So the thinner stuff will also work.
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We got it at Camping World. They make a couple of sizes and colors. You can get it with grommets on the sides and corners, or without the grommets. We wrapped the edges of the pad around the step and then we used Zip-ties in the grommet holes to hold it firmly to the step. If you get the kind without grommet holes, you just stick the Zip-tie through the drain holes in the base side of the AstroTurf.

If you go to a place such as Camping World, you'll see that they have several types and brands of these step pads. Some are thicker than others. Some clean shoe/boot soles better than others, and some last longer in the Sun than others.

I can say that the AstroTurf lasts at least 10 years in the Sun as that's how long we've had it on our 5th Wheel trailer's step. During that same time I think we've been through two sets of the thinner ones (Presso-Fit I think -- the ones with the springs on the back). Those work fine, just don't last as long. And once wet, they take longer to dry out.

Lastly, you can buy thick textured rubber material with peel-off sticky backing to put on your steps. You trim the rubber with kitchen shears to fit, clean off the step with alcohol, then stick the rubber down. The good versions of this are sold by marine hardware stores (such as West Marine) for non-slip on boat decks. I had some 3M brand peel-and-stick rubber I put on my boat deck and it was still in very good condition after 18 years in the Sun when I got rid of that boat.
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Our furry son does not like the steps into the coach. He doesnít like slippery things (like our new hardwood floors). I want to install step pads on the retractable steps, but will this cause problems closing? Has anybody done this?

ThNks for the help!
Indoor/outdoor carpet on the top step and an outdoor door mat cut to fit on the lower step. Steps open/close just fine.
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