Fit a simple retainer for your van step
QUESTION: what do you do with your caravan step while you are on the road? There is little doubt that the van doorway is the most convenient storage area for your step, because then, it will be instantly ready for outside use when needed, but how do you prevent it from bouncing around in the van when you are on the move, and possibly causing damage? In an emergency stop, an unrestrained step will move forward until it hits the nearest obstruction, then the back will lift and it might fly around, causing damage to the furniture. However, if you can control the back edge, the problem should be solved. To find a convenient way to anchor the step in place, I experimented with a number of handmade clips and brackets, but a lot will depend on what your step is made from. Mine is 22mm aluminium tube, a standard plumbing size, so the easiest solution was to buy a small pack of nylon clips, which turned out to be a good fit on the tube.
These clips are available with and without a hinged lid, and because they were available in a smaller pack, I opted for the hinged type and simply cut off the lid with a craft knife. The carpets in my caravan are thick and I also have an additional doormat, so the clip had to be raised to make a snug fit for the step. The base was cut off a spare clip and used as a spacer, adding 9mm to the height of the clip, which with the spacer, was simply screwed to the floor at the rear of the doorway.
1 These 22mm nylon plumbing pipe clips fit the aluminium tube of my step precisely 2 A base cut from a second clip provides carpet clearance. Use a stainless steel fixing screw 3 Attach the clip and the spacer to the floor using a suitably long screw 4 A piece is cut out of the extra doormat to accommodate the clip and the caravan step can then be installed 4
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A new series of everyday fixes for your caravan by TONY BROWN