Lippert’s Sure-Step Enhances Floorplan Design
Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) has introduced its new Sure-Step, an aluminum quad entry step that can be mounted in several locations to “remove constraints that RV floorplan designers have faced for years.”
According to a press release, the Sure-Step fastens to the RV sidewall, rear wall, exterior slideout wall or over a wheel well, allowing manufacturers to create more versatile and customized RV floorplans.
“Traditionally an entry step could not be mounted over the axle area or on a slideout, which left OEMs with very few options on door locations — particularly on fifth-wheel and toy hauler RVs,” said LCI Vice President of RV Sales Andy Murray. “The Sure-Step eliminates that constraint and opens up the potential for new floorplans that didn’t work before.”
The Sure-Step allowed Peterson Industries to create its expansive new SDF floor plan with a walk-in door on the main slideout. Peterson debuted its new Excel Winslow D37SDF at the Hershey RV Show in September and won Best of Show by HGTV, which will be featured on the TV show “RV 2014.” The design won for “having the best innovations in the industry,” including the door on the slideout made possible by LCI’s new Sure-Step.
Bryan Tillett, president of Peterson Industries, noted, “Having the door on the slideout creates an expansive interior configuration. It’s all about the steps, or rather how they are stored for transport.”
The Sure-Step can be easily folded and locked into place. Its adjustable feet are designed to contact the ground in the extended position, providing greater stability.
“When you walk on this entry step for the first time and feel the stability, you’ll understand why people are planning to use the Sure-Step instead of conventional entry steps for all applications,” said Murray. “Add the optional folding hand rail that retracts with the step, and you’ll have an even sturdier, user-friendly entry step.”