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Old 07-12-2012, 01:36 AM   #1
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Exit Grab Bar / Hand Rail

I'd like to install a long, cranked, grab bar on the left side of the door (viewed from the inside) but am having trouble finding one. A cranked bar would make it easy to maintain contact all the way down the stairs whereas a straight bar tends to force a person to twist to the left as they get to the last step.

Any suggestions for a source of the bars would be most appreciated. I can find them in the U.K., but North American sources are scarce.

The Southwind has a great cranked bar on the right side but unfortunately it can't be used on the left.

Thanks in advance.
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Could you please explain how a "cranked" bar is shaped?
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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"Cranked" is a bit of a generic term meaning that the bar does not sit squarely relative to where it is mounted.

I'll attach a photo of an AKW cranked rail. As you can see (I hope) from this little picture, it can be reached even though the user is behind the rail's mounting point.

I'm trying to find a longer version (>24" usable) and am thinking that I may have to get something custom built.

Southwind's version on the opposite side of the door is a little more exotic and is secured on its top end beside the door jamb and the bottom is connected to the floor.
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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Our Georgetown has a small handle on the outside and I've been looking for a longer on also. Camping World has one that's about 24" long (I think) and has brackets that allow the handle to be flush to the side of the coach for travel, but swigs out to 90-degrees and locks for when parked. I think regular retail is about $40.

I'm going to get one for our rig in a couple of weeks, as my wife is not very tall and the short handle is a bit to high for comfort.
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Here is a link for a folding bar for about $36

NEW RV CAMPER LEND A HAND DOOR STEP STAIR ASSIST FOLDING GRAB BAR HANDLE WHITE | eBay
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Both my 5er and my MH came with the small handle and someone added the folding type to my MH. Oliver is looking for one that sticks out into the doorway.
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Problem solved. I've found a local metal fabricator who will build exactly what I need. He envisioned it so well that he had it designed before I finished describing it.
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That's what us fabricators/DIY'er do. Our minds never stop trying to make a better mouse trap.
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Some time back???, I recall a bar that mounted to the lower step and to the side of the rig and moved back and forth as the steps went out and then retracted. I thought it was a good idea at the time but didn't need it then but sure could use it now.

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