Deluxe Double Step
Giant Double Step
Caravan Steps With Rail
|Material||Steel and None slip rubber||100% recycled plastic||Coated metal|
|Size||17.72 x 19.69 x 27.56 cm||450mm x 250mm tread size, 185mm first step height, and 370mm overall height||Step heights: 18 and 38cm|
|Buy now on Amazon||Buy now on Amazon||Buy now on Amazon|
You would think that buying caravan steps would be a relatively easy job. After all, how many variations in caravan steps can there actually be. However, if you run a Google (or whatever your preferred search engine is) search for caravan steps you may be surprised by how many results are returned.
Because of this, and the fact that we feel, at Caravan Helper, that caravan steps are one of those accessories that make life on the road a more comfortable, whether you have mobility issues or not, we’ve put together this post, that will help you understand some of the key aspects to consider when choosing a set of caravan steps. So that you don’t have to scour through the ridiculous number of touring caravan steps there are out there, we have picked out a small list of what we feel are the best caravan steps available right now.
- 1 Caravan Steps – Our Recommended Products
- 2 Key Aspects to Consider when Choosing the Best Caravan Steps
- 3 How to Stop Caravan Steps Sinking
Caravan Steps – Our Recommended Products
To help you find the best caravan steps for your caravan and personal preference, please check out the following list of what we think are the best of the bunch available now.
Royal Deluxe Double Caravan Steps, Grey
The first caravan steps we have highlighted for you is the Royal Deluxe Double Step. Royal have a very good reputation for creating high-quality and reliable outdoors accessories and equipment and have been doing so since 1993.
These steps are a great example of the company’s commitment to high-quality accessories as they are made from steel so are very sturdy and strong, and each step has a non-slip rubber tread for better grip.
The steel frame has additional cross members which add to the strength of these steps. A great choice if you are after metal caravan steps.
Milenco MGI Giant Double Step
We are no strangers to Milenco here at Caravan Helper. This is another company that has a sterling reputation in the caravanning and camping industry for designing and manufacturing top quality products.
Although they don’t look like much, these steps have been made from robust and durable 100% recycled plastic and come fully accredited to British Standard EN1645. Each step has a slip-resistant tread and the feet are rubberised to absorb impact, which gives them improved stability particularly if they are used on tarmac. A great choice if you are after caravan plastic steps.
QUEST Caravan Steps with Handrail For Touring Caravan
QUEST’s entry to the caravan steps market is next up. Not only are these made from an attractive cream-coloured powder-coated metal they benefit from the addition of a handrail. This increases the safety of using them at the end of a long day or if you have older people staying with you. Although it is pictured as being on the right-hand side, the handrail can be used on either side, depending on your preference.
The steps themselves have rubber treads with slip resistance and the base has rubber feet and anti-sink bars, making them ideal for use on softer ground. These are a great choice for caravan steps for disabled people or if you need a handle to help you up.
Milenco MGI Double Plastic Caravan Steps
Regardless, because they are made by Milenco, you know they are going to be a good solid product. A great choice if you are after UVPC caravan steps.
Songmics Single Folding Caravan Steps
It benefits from having a wide tread and a tough steel construction, with 4 legs that point outwards to provide a more stable base that will help to prevent tipping. There are also spring-button locks that stop the step from folding accidentally.
The biggest selling point of this product, despite it being a single platform step, is the fact that it can be folded up for easy and compact storage when it is not in use.
EAZYGOODS Heavy Duty Folding Double Caravan Steps
EAZYGOODS offer a non-slip caravan step solution which is incredibly lightweight. A folding double caravan step, these are perfect for folding and storing away in the caravan – and then ideal for when you need something that offers durability and strength to access those items out of reach.
With dimensions of 59 x 48 x 39 cm, these multi-colour metal steps have non-slip treads added to ensure continued safety when in use.
Despite being lightweight, these steps are entirely sturdy throughout and for that reason, Amazon has voted them as their choice for best folding double caravan steps.
Very well priced, these steps rate highly with satisfied customers who find they take up relatively little space when stored in the caravan.
Caravan steps are one of those accessories that we feel most caravanners would benefit from. Even if you don’t have mobility issues or a small fry, it is still nicer to have a couple of steps to manoeuvre down when alighting from your caravan. Hopefully, we’ve been able to explain what you should be looking for and what the best available are now.
You certainly can’t go wrong by selecting one of the products listed above.
Key Aspects to Consider when Choosing the Best Caravan Steps
Single or Double?
The first decision you need to make is how many platforms you would prefer your caravan steps to have. You will find that most models either feature one single step platform or a two-step platform.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of each.
Single Platform Caravan Steps
These have the benefit of being lighter, more compact and therefore easier to carry and store away when you are not using them. Most single platform caravan steps are also easy to keep underneath your caravan, so they are out of the way when you go on a day trip and leave the pitch.
The downside to single platform steps is that the actual step-up is higher on a single platform model than a double, which puts a lot more pressure and strain on your knees. You will also find that the area of the base is smaller, making them more unstable than double steps.
Double Platform Caravan Steps
Double platform caravan steps are obviously a lot bigger than single platform models. this makes it more difficult to carry them in and out your caravan when you want to put them away or use them. Especially as you need to manoeuvre them past the various pieces of furniture, cupboards and units you have inside your caravan. However, you will find that there are some foldable double platform caravan steps available.
Unless they are foldable, you will find that most double platform steps can’t be stored underneath your caravan when you have left the pitch for the day. This means you must take care when you are driving away or pulling up to your caravan that you don’t hit them, as they will be easy to spot in the mirrors of your car. Although that sounds like common sense, there have been various comments on forums for caravan owners who have managed to run into them.
You also need to be aware that sometimes, on particularly uneven pitches, double platform steps will stretch up higher than your caravan door if your tourer is smaller than average. This could mean that your steps cause an obstruction and make it difficult to open and close your door easily. Although this does occur, it’s a rarity.
The step-up from a double platform set of steps is smaller, meaning they are easier to use. This is especially important to note if you have mobility or chronic pain issues, have small children or older dogs. As double platform steps have bigger bases, they are also more stable.
What Material Are They Made From?
You should also take note of the material used in the construction of caravan steps. Most metal steps out there are made either of an aluminium alloy or steel. Although aluminium is a very soft metal, when it’s alloyed with other materials, it is strengthened and a lot firmer.
Aluminium alloy benefits from remaining lighter than steel and having greater resistance to oxidisation. It is also a stiffer material than steel, making it the perfect material for portable steps. However, because of the joining techniques and materials used, they are a more expensive option than caravan steps made from steel.
Although many people favour steel, it makes caravan steps that are very heavy and clunky, and it is more likely to suffer from damage to paintwork. Overall though, they are a more cost-effective option.
Plastic steps are cheaper and can be a much lighter option, they also benefit from the fact they don’t rust. they are also easier to maintain and keep clean. Most high-quality plastic caravan steps are stable and strong.
However, as mouldings with special strengthening ribs are used to make plastic caravan steps, although stable they are not foldable making it harder to store them.
It’s incredibly important from a safety point of view to choose caravan steps that have a non-slip tread. Most steps come with a specific kind of tread, like a rubber tread or metal mesh plate. Plastic caravan steps usually feature a moulded tread.
In terms of slip-resistance, steps with rubber treads are usually best. You will often see that some caravanners glue sections of carpet to the steps. Although inventive, the downside of this is that the carpet gets dirty and wet quickly and needs to be replaced regularly.
Another option is tread covers with glow-in-the-dark properties. These make it easy to see where you are going when you are entering and exiting your caravan in low light, while providing extra slip-resistance.
Due to the fact though that they are used outside and in all weathers, regardless of the type of tread the steps you choose have, you should always be careful as all steps will be slippery when they are wet.
Other Aspects to Consider
With regards to the stability of caravan steps, the angle of the legs is something you should think about. Legs that are splayed outwards slightly create a base with a greater area than the top of the steps. This means that it is virtually impossible for the caravan steps to tip over when you are using them, even if you are standing on the very edge of the step.
Alternatively, you may find a set of steps with pegging points that mean the steps can be pegged firmly in place which prevents them tipping over.
When you are using caravan steps on softer ground, the surface area of the legs is a key aspect to consider. Steps with larger feet are less likely to sink into the soft ground. You will also find that some steps have a frame that runs around the whole base of the step to stop them sinking in even the softest ground. The problem is that these kinds of steps may not be suitable for use on uneven surfaces.
One thing we did find hard to find was wide caravan steps. There was not 1 set that we thought was particularly wider than others.
How to Stop Caravan Steps Sinking
Once you’ve selected your caravan steps, you’ll need to make sure that when they’re placed on the floor, they do not sink as you stand on them!
For many caravanners who pitch up on grassy areas, this will be a common problem, especially with the temperamental UK weather we experience. There are two ways to prevent your steps from succumbing to sinking.
The first is to merely ensure that the steps you purchase have a decent surface area that will prevent the feet from immediately sinking through the grass or mud. Many caravan steps offer rubber feet and anti-sinking bars which work to combat this problem. Those models that provide larger feet will also fair better here.
The second way is to place a board directly underneath the steps. This means the surface area is covered and the direct pressure from the feet won’t be able to penetrate through to the ground beneath it. This is perhaps the most effective solution
Some caravanners automatically do this by putting a piece of wood under the steps. However, this method relies on you finding a bit that will fit your needs when you’ve pitched up, or alternatively carrying one with you for this purpose.