Best RV Steps/Stairs Upgrades And How To Install 2019


Upgrading Your RV Steps


When most RVs are sent off by the manufacturer they’re equipped with pretty low-quality unstable steps. Not only are the steps shaky, but they make the whole trailer shake when someone enters the RV. Lately, I have seen more and more manufacturers install steps with feet that touch the ground, like the MOR/ryde steps. But even if your trailer didn’t come with these nicer modern steps, it’s easy to install better steps and it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money either.

Today we’re going to take a look at the best RV steps available on the market in 2019, and in the frequently asked question-section, we’ll also talk a little bit about how they’re installed and other questions you might have. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered already, please leave a question, and I will do my best to help you.

For now, let’s take a look at the RV steps.


All The RV Steps On The Table


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Lippert Components 432687 Step Triple 7" Rise 24" Width

Stromberg Carlson EHS-102-R Second Step for Fifth Wheel

Better

MOR/ryde STP32702H 30-33.5" H, 8" R, 26-28" DW International StepAbove 3 Step-30-33.5" Height, 8" Rise, Door Width

Good

Elkhart RV Motorhome Camper Trailer 24" Triple Step / 20" Drop/Triple Aluminum Steps

Best

Lippert Components 678044 30" Solid Step

Torklift A8004; Glowstep Revolution-4 Step

Feet

Weight
52.5 lbs (3 steps)

20 lbs (2 Steps)

35 lbs (3 Steps)

55 lbs (3 Steps)

59 lbs (3 Steps)

70 lbs

Weight Capacity
300 lbs

350 lbs

500 lbs

500 lbs

400 lbs

375 lbs

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Lippert Components 432687 Step Triple 7" Rise 24" Width

Steps Available (Link)

Feet

Weight
52.5 lbs (3 steps)

Weight Capacity
300 lbs

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Stromberg Carlson EHS-102-R Second Step for Fifth Wheel

Steps Available (Link)

Feet

Weight
20 lbs (2 Steps)

Weight Capacity
350 lbs

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Better

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MOR/ryde STP32702H 30-33.5" H, 8" R, 26-28" DW International StepAbove 3 Step-30-33.5" Height, 8" Rise, Door Width

Product (Link)

Steps Available (Link)

Feet

Weight
35 lbs (3 Steps)

Weight Capacity
500 lbs

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Good

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Elkhart RV Motorhome Camper Trailer 24" Triple Step / 20" Drop/Triple Aluminum Steps

Steps Available (Link)

Feet

Weight
55 lbs (3 Steps)

Weight Capacity
500 lbs

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Best

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Lippert Components 678044 30" Solid Step

Steps Available (Link)

Feet

Weight
59 lbs (3 Steps)

Weight Capacity
400 lbs

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Torklift A8004; Glowstep Revolution-4 Step

Product (Link)

Steps Available (Link)

Feet

Weight
70 lbs

Weight Capacity
375 lbs

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A Closer Look At Each Product


Lippert Components 432687 Step Triple 7' Rise 24' Width

Lippert Components 432687 Step Triple

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Lippert Components makes these steps with grip to make it easier and safer to enter your RV. Depending on how many steps you need, there are different sizes available. The amount of steps available are: 2 Steps, 3 Steps, and 4 Steps.

You can easily extend and retract the steps with one hand which is a great feature, making it easy for anybody to do it. If it becomes harder to put up and down your stairs, you should spray some WD40 on the hinges.

Each step is 24 inches wide and has the anti-slip skid tape on top. Anti-slip skid tape is excellent when the steps are wet or dusty as it will prevent slipping and accidents.

The weight capacity of these steps is 300 pounds.

PROS

  • Available with different amount of steps
  • Anti-slip skid tape on each step
  • Easy to extend, retract with one hand
  • 300 lbs weight capacity

Stromberg Carlson EHS-102-R Second Step for Fifth Wheel

Stromberg Carlson EHS-102-R

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If you’re looking for steps to place outside your camper or truck when needed and possibly use for other purposes as well, the Stromberg Carlson steps will be a great choice.

These come in two sizes, with 2 Steps and 3 Steps. They also come with a railing that you can install in just a couple of minutes which will make it even easier and safer to get into the RV. Each of the steps has anti-slip skid tape to make sure you can enter your RV or truck safely.

So why would you want portable steps? Well, for one if you’re parked more permanently or maybe two weeks at a time, it will be convenient to have sturdy steps that aren’t connected to your RV. But these can also be used to help your old dog step into the truck, they’re more versatile in that way compared to the other steps on today’s list.

At 20 lbs, they’re not very heavy either, so it will be easy to store them inside the trailer or in the truck bed and place them on the ground when needed.

The total height of the Stromberg Carlson 2 step is 20.5 inches. It’s 27 inches wide and 33.5 inches deep. It can handle up to 350 pounds.

PROS

  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Railing included
  • 350 lbs weight capacity
  • Anti-slip skid tape on each step

MOR/ryde STP32702H 30-33.5' H, 8' R, 26-28' DW International StepAbove 3 Step-30-33.5' Height, 8' Rise, Door Width

MOR/ryde STP32702H StepAbove

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If you have been to an RV dealership lately, there’s a big chance that you have seen these MOR/ryde StepAbove steps. They’re steps that reach to the ground with feet, making them very stable and reliable without shaking the trailer. What I have noticed is that they even help make the trailer more sturdy which is always nice. The feet are adjustable and pivot to ensure a stable and safe position on all surfaces and angles.

The MOR/ryde StepAbove comes in lots of different sizes and styles depending on what kind of RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel you have. To know exactly what will fit your trailer, MOR/ryde has put out a guide that you can find by clicking here. Some of the sizes available are 2 Steps, 3 Steps, and 4 Steps.

If you want a handrail, MOR/ryde sells one that can be attached to their steps to make it easier to enter or leave the RV. The handrail is easily attached and removed.

All mounting hardware you need to install the steps is included with the steps. Each step has anti-slip skid tape pre-applied so rain or dirt won’t make you slip.

Both my wife and I love the StepAbove steps and they’re easy for both of us to pack up and down. The three-step model weighs 35 pounds, and since it’s mounted on your trailer you won’t have to lift all of those 35 pounds.

The way the MOR/ryde StepAbove pack up is that they fold up into the trailer. This is both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because the steps won’t have to deal with rocks, dirt, and weather while going down the road. It’s bad because any stones, dirt or water that are on the steps when it’s time to fold them up will go into your camper. The best way to prevent this is obviously to sweep off the steps before you fold it up, but that’s another chore, so it’s something to consider.

Latches lock the steps when in an upright position and can be unlocked with the handle below the steps.

PROS

  • Feet
  • Different models available depending on your RV
  • Very sturdy
  • Great guide from Morryde to find the right model
  • Anti-slip skid tape on each step
  • Security latches

Elkhart RV Motorhome Camper Trailer 24' Triple Step / 20' Drop/Triple Aluminum Steps

Elkhart RV Motorhome Steps

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Another kind of steps I have seen on a lot of newer trailers and RVs at RV shows and dealerships are these more standard style steps but made out of aluminum. It makes them very lightweight and easy to extend/retract.

Elkhart is one company that sells these to let you upgrade your old steps and it comes in several sizes. 2 Steps, 3 Steps, and 4 Steps. Each model has anti-slip skid tape on each step to stop you from slipping when the steps are wet or extremely dusty.

The Elkhart RV steps have an impressive weight capacity of 500 pounds, so they’re exceptionally well made even though they’re lightweight.

Each step is 24 inches wide, and there are about 7 inches between each step with a 19.25 inch total drop.

So is the Elkhart RV Motorhome Steps the best steps for your RV? They’re definitely a good choice and a nice upgrade to the standard RV steps. More lightweight and more comfortable to extend/retract might be everything some are looking for.

PROS

  • Made out of aluminum making it lightweight and easy to handle
  • Anti-slip skid tape on each step

Lippert Components 678044 30' Solid Step

Lippert Components 678044 Solid Step

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Next up is another product from Lippert Components. This is a more modern, stable option compared to the Lippert Components 432687. These are called the SolidStep.

The best things about the SolidStep are the size of each step and the fact that they have feet. They look and function a lot like the MOR/ryde STP32702H with bigger steps.

Just like with the MOR/ryde, latches lock the steps in place while folded up into an upright position in the trailer. The latches are controlled with a handle that can be controlled one-handed. When folded down, the feet are adjustable and have a pivoting feature to ensure a stable and safe position.

Lippert Components SolidSteps can handle up to 400 pounds and come in different sizes. You can choose from 2 Steps, 3 Steps, and 4 Steps. Each model comes with anti-slip skid tape installed on each step to prevent slipping and accidents.

All mounting hardware needed to install the steps are included with the Lippert Components 678044 Solid Step.

 

PROS

  • Feet
  • Different models available depending on your RV
  • Very sturdy
  • Anti-slip skid tape on each step
  • Security latches
  • Large steps

Torklift A8004; Glowstep Revolution-4 Step

Torklift A8004

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Last up are the Torklift steps. These might not look as sturdy as the options above, but trust me, they are. The fact that the weight capacity is 375 pounds should tell you that Torklift guarantees stability.

Four big steps will let you enter your RV safely. These have the most robust-looking feet on today’s list, and they’re adjustable with a big pad on the bottom.

The steps fold out in a pretty genius way while not taking up much space at all.

Torklift steps weigh about 70 pounds but aren’t hard at all to extend and retract. When retracted, they lock in place and won’t move while traveling down the road as seen in the video below.

Torklift has a great guide on their website to figure out whether the steps will fit your specific RV, travel trailer, or fifth wheel. It will also let you know whether you’ll need some additional hardware to get the steps installed correctly.

So are the Torklift A8004 steps for you? It’s an intuitive product that is safe and stable. Very easy to extend and retract. They’re the best steps on today’s list when it comes to steps with feet that take the least amount of space to extend. Sometimes the Morryde and Lippert Components stairs that fold out won’t have enough space if you’re parked very close to a neighbor. The Torklift steps don’t have that problem.

PROS

  • Feet
  • Different models available depending on your RV
  • Sturdy
  • Large steps
  • Can extend with little space

My Recommendations


Having great steps on your RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel can make the whole camping experience greater. Not just for safety reasons, but steps that make the entire trailer bounce can be a real mood-killer when kids run in and out of the camper over and over. For this reason, I recommend getting steps with feet. It also makes it feel more like you’re stepping into a tiny house than a camper when the trailer and steps are sturdy and don’t rock. That said, any upgrade is an upgrade, and you should go with what you feel will fit your situation the best. It’s not a necessity to most to have RV steps with feet.

Here are my recommendations:

Good: Elkhart RV Motorhome Steps – If all you want are some better lightweight steps that are easy to extend and retract, the Elkhart RV steps will be a great upgrade. With different sizes to choose from, anti-slip skid tape, and made with aluminum, it will be a great upgrade for any RV or camper.

Better: MOR/ryde STP32702H – Morryde steps have become popular lately, and for a good reason, they’re excellent steps for RVs. With adjustable feet that pivot, anti-slip skid tape on each step, different sizes to choose from, and a security latch that secures the steps inside the camper while going down the road, they’re a great option that will make a sturdier and safer RV step.

Best: Lippert Components 678044 Solid Step – When it comes to my top pick, it was between the Morryde and the Lippert Components. My choice fell on the SolidSteps from Lippert Components due to the size of the steps. Especially the top step that is huge. That together with the anti-slip skid tape, long adjustable feet that pivot, security latches for traveling, and different sizes to choose from, make this my top pick and the best RV steps available on the market.

Side Note – The Torklift A8004 are exceptional steps as well that are loved by many. That said, Morryde and Lippert Components steps offer better stability based on my experience. Some might agree, some might disagree, but that’s what I mostly based my recommendations on.


Frequently Asked Questions


How to install/upgrade my RV steps?

How you install new RV steps depend on what product and model you’ve purchased. The product should come with an installation guide that will go through each step.

When it comes to whether the RV steps you’re looking at will fit your specific RV or not, you’ll have to get a measuring tape out and follow the guides that most companies have posted online and recommended following before making any purchase. I even recommend contacting the company to be a 100 percent sure that you’re getting the right steps for your specific trailer and setup.

Here is a video on how to install the SolidStep that is my top pick in today’s comparison:

My anti-slip skid tape has worn out, what can I do?

If the anti-slip skid tape on your RV steps has worn out or you want more of it,  I recommend purchasing the Slip Guard non-slip stair tape made for outdoor use and waterproof. It’s a tape that can easily be cut and applied to where it’s needed. It’s certified for high traction so it can handle being stepped on a lot without losing its grit.

How do I make my RV steps more stable?

In addition to installing your RV steps correctly, there are a couple of things you can do to make your stairs more stable.

The first thing to do is make sure that if you have RV steps with feet on it, make sure that the feet are standing flat on the ground and covering as much surface as possible. If one foot needs to be lowered more than the other, do so until both are touching the ground.

Another way to make your RV steps more stable and also last longer is by purchasing a Camco Save-A-Step Brace that is made to stabilize your RV. It can be adjusted from 7-5/8 to 14 inches depending on how high your steps are. With a weight capacity of 1000 pounds, they’ll be a safe and sturdy investment for your camper.

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