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Old 10-03-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Have You Modified Your Coach Entry Door Stairwell?

I have been thinking about modifying my 2009 QSDP entry door stairwell for sometime. The entire area including the hydraulic step cover is carpeted, except for the entry floor and the treads which are covered with a substantial rubber material. The carpet is medium beige in colour.
I generally like the appearance of the carpet which has stood up well except for the risers. They are of course the most vulnerable to heel and toe abrasions and dirt, requiring frequent cleaning and maintenance. I tried a few different thicknesses of stick-on plastic film, which not surprisingly didn't last long and quickly became rather unsightly.
I recently had 1/8" thick aluminium diamond plate installed on the risers by a local shop, Canstar Industries, in Starbuck, Manitoba. The sections were cut to fit precisely and each solidly secured with only four SS screws. The diamond plate is less likely to show marks and scratches. Canstar did a great job IMO!
I'm very interested in what others have done and in exploring more mod ideas for the stairwell area! Your input will be much appreciated! Thanks!
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Looks good.
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Nice!!
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:34 PM   #4
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On my Diplomat, I had a rubber backing behind each step (toe kick). It always looked dirty. I went to Home Depot and bought toe kicks for a full size house door. They come in several colors. I used the nickel ones. They were the correct height, but needed the ends trimmed. I slid them under the step and screwed them in at the bottom.

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Those look really nice-- great job..... I think I'll get the Summit risers at the Tampa Show this year.... Step Upgrades
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Have You Modified Your Coach Entry Door Stairwell?

Thanks so much for the positive feedback!
The door kick plates worked out very well on your previous Diplomat, Don! Great job, as usual!
The Summit Products step upgrades look like the real deal, PanJH, that's for sure! Sounds like a super plan for the Tampa Show!
If you don't mind sharing, how do the Dutch Star 4018 and 4338 stairwells come finished from Newmar? Thanks!
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I mine with with the same tiles as the floor for the risers and removable coconut matting for the treads I finished the edges with oak strips and installed LED lighting behind the wood on each riser. Click image for larger version

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Have You Modified Your Coach Entry Door Stairwell?

Very nice work, Alasdair! Looks great!
Welcome to posting on iRV2! It's a great interactive community!
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Thank you, I am quite pleased with getting rid of the awful carpet that was there!
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Thanks so much for the positive feedback!
The door kick plates worked out very well on your previous Diplomat, Don! Great job, as usual!
The Summit Products step upgrades look like the real deal, PanJH, that's for sure! Sounds like a super plan for the Tampa Show!
If you don't mind sharing, how do the Dutch Star 4018 and 4338 stairwells come finished from Newmar? Thanks!
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Our 2013 4338 has black rubber risers and treads. I covered them with a brown indoor/outdoor carpet, held on with velco, so I can take them off for cleaning.
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When I installed the laminate flooring I had to rip the carpet off the steps and install laminate on them as well. It was quite the job! No proper angles anywhere, had to trim each piece bit by bit to get them to fit properly but turned out nice!
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looks very profesional
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When I installed the laminate flooring I had to rip the carpet off the steps and install laminate on them as well. It was quite the job! No proper angles anywhere, had to trim each piece bit by bit to get them to fit properly but turned out nice!

Looks great, Wow!
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