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Old 02-06-2010, 09:27 AM   #1
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Stairwell "filler"

Hi, I am new to the forum. Has anyone purchased or created a removable "filler" block for the stairwell that can be dropped in place to provide more floor space, and pulled back out for ingress and egress?
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Hi, I am new to the forum. Has anyone purchased or created a removable "filler" block for the stairwell that can be dropped in place to provide more floor space, and pulled back out for ingress and egress?
It would be a small engineering challenge however the filler block in the long term might prove to be more trouble than it's worth. This is a rather unusual question and I don't believe that we've seen that asked before but there's a first time for everything!

In motorhomes with front entries, there are hinged floor boards and electrically operated pocket doors that close in the space for the passenger.

In your application, where do you need to recover the floor space?

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I made one with wood, covered with carpet. I took 1/2 inch plywood about 2 inches bigger than the opening. On one one side I put 1X2 wood strips the shape of the opening so when you put the plywood over the opening the 1X2 will keep the plywood from moving. I then put carpet on the plywood that looks good.

As DriVer related, taking on and off is a pain but we only use it when the Grandkids are with us to keep them from falling down the steps. Now if I can keep them from flushing toys down the tollet.
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Now if I can keep them from flushing toys down the toilet.
We have our newly born grand son Aidan and we're looking forward to that same challenge ...
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Paul & Sue, We too have child proofed our Motorhome. We use our deadbolt,,,, THEY CAN"T GET IN !!!!
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Paul & Sue, We too have child proofed our Motorhome. We use our deadbolt,,,, THEY CAN"T GET IN !!!!
Great idea, if I can only talk my wife to go along with that.
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Both of our National rigs were delivered with drop in stair covers, A 98 Sea View and a 2006 Sea Breeze LX. Found it more hassle than it was worth, so both reside unused in a storage bay.

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Thanks to all. Paul and Sue described what I am looking for, so I'll whip one up.

Thanks for the welcome!
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I had a chair lift installed last summer and the instructions called for building something similar to what Paul and Sue built. In our case it is used to provide a near-level floor when getting on or off the chair. The carpet sounds like a good idea, which I think I willl add.
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We had a '97 Safari Trek which came from the factory with a "Lid" (cover) that was hinged that swung down over the stairwell. It was made of wood and also had matching carpet on it. There were two braces mounted to the wall's of the stairwell just below floor line to support the cover when it was down. This was a center door gas motorhome.

When opened it hinged up and served as a kind of railing to keep one of the table chairs from falling into the stairwell. There was a simple latch that held it in the stored (up) position.
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Now this is a great idea. So my next question is, who does modifications to existing RVs?
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When we had our 15 year old cocker spaniel we made a cover similar to the one described by Paul and Sue. It kept him from falling down the stairs on more than one occasion. Luckily we were able to find matching carpet at the Winnebago surplus store.

When we used it we would leave the rod for the awning inside the coach. It was easier to catch the corner of the cover and lift it rather than get down on your hands and knees to pick it up by hand.
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Waltion9, where do you live? I have made many of these for both animal and human needs.
Normally I use ABS plastic step cover and aluminum legs. The covers are made to fold up for easy storage. Yes, the are made to fit.
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Welcome , walton9. When I purchased my 94 allegro bay, I had one of those stair covers. It was made to fit in the opening, with a stop on each side so the cover was flush with the floor. It was covered with carpet to match mh carpet. Since we didn't have any small children or pets, it stayed home in the storage shed. My 06 allegro bay didn't have one, Iguess they were either not popular of they were an option
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