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ohlsonmh
10-16-2013, 11:06 PM
Recently I read on this forum that there is a product called a "Carr's Hoop Step", and I've found them on Amazon.

A pair comes at a discounted rate, but it gives me a flag that says it won't fit my 2004 Sprinter 2500.

A single step which looks exactly the same - even the enlarged picture of the mountings says it does fit my 2004 sprinter, and costs about as much as the pair. I can't help wondering what the difference is - or IS there really a difference?

Anyone know what's going on? Or have a better solution? My wife is fairly short and has problems getting in & out.

It looks as if these are designed to be attached to the sheet metal, not the frames - are they safe?

If it has to be the single, rather than the pair, we may just get one for the sliding door and she'll get in that way. Also least there is a grab handle there.

Before I heard of these, I had considered trying to make some steps out of aluminum angle.

Thanx -Oly

surlyoldbill
10-17-2013, 02:46 AM
I have a flat folding step stool from Home Depot that I keep in my van for elderly passengers. Fits in the bottom door storage compartment.

ohlsonmh
10-17-2013, 05:38 PM
I have a flat folding step stool from Home Depot that I keep in my van for elderly passengers. Fits in the bottom door storage compartment.

Yeah, we have a separate stool, too but my wife does drive the van sometimes & has to use a leash we have on the stool, to retrieve it :bounce:

So, I have been checking alternatives.

Thanx -Oly

surlyoldbill
10-17-2013, 11:53 PM
I don't think anything that attaches to the sheet metal would be very good. There may be some universal folding RV steps out there that could be fitted.

photogravity
03-29-2014, 06:18 PM
Hey Oly, I'm not sure if you got the answer to this yet or not, but there is a Carr Super Hoop for the T1N Sprinter. Polished is part 124502. Titanium color is 124504. Black is 124501.

They also have the narrower Hoop II: Polished: 104502 Titanium: 104504 Black: 104501

I'm considering a pair for my Sprinter to help my wife get in and out of the van.

LuckyDawgz Jim
03-30-2014, 01:13 AM
I am planning to fabricate a flip out step that mounts to the interior sliding door step, and folds out and down when I need it.
This under-mounted electric one looks great but is $$$ for sure.

http://www.flexi-shelf.com/autocool-steps/autocool-step-retracted.jpg
http://www.flexi-shelf.com/autocool-steps/autocool-step-closeup.jpg
http://www.flexi-shelf.com/autocool-step.html

Here are some from Thule UK:

http://docs.thulegroup.com/ThuleRVaccessories/ThuleRVCatalogueEN/?Page=75
http://www.omnistorawnings.co.uk/UserFiles/Image/thulestepbanner.jpg

Brushtail
03-30-2014, 10:21 PM
I have the Thule step on the right installed on my T1N and it works great, in Australia I paid $200 for it.
You can also get an electric version which would be better if your wife was by herself as she could climb inside then press the button to close it. My short wife only uses the step if we are camping and wants to get in the back, they are only about 2.5 inches tall in the cassette and come straight out, easy to use, solid and fairly easy to mount. I just took off the door tread and used the mounting kit to bolt into the step then refit the door tread back into place. I screwed the front edge onto the under door side sills with stainless screws.
I'm pretty sure I have photos of it in my Motorhome conversion album in my signature block.

LuckyDawgz Jim
03-30-2014, 11:24 PM
I have the Thule step on the right installed on my T1N and it works great, in Australia I paid $200 for it.
You can also get an electric version which would be better if your wife was by herself as she could climb inside then press the button to close it. My short wife only uses the step if we are camping and wants to get in the back, they are only about 2.5 inches tall in the cassette and come straight out, easy to use, solid and fairly easy to mount. I just took off the door tread and used the mounting kit to bolt into the step then refit the door tread back into place. I screwed the front edge onto the under door side sills with stainless screws.
I'm pretty sure I have photos of it in my Motorhome conversion album in my signature block.

Here are your photos: http://www.sprinter-source.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=215&pictureid=1083http://www.sprinter-source.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=215&pictureid=1084

That appears to me the one pictured on the far right in the Thule steps photo above. Your installation looks great.

I am actually looking for a step that drops down a bit further for the sliding door, and which one would work for that.
I sent Thule an email asking about that from their US website.

photogravity
03-30-2014, 11:41 PM
That appears to me the one pictured on the far right in the Thule steps photo above. Your installation looks great.

I am actually looking for a step that drops down a bit further for the sliding door, and which one would work for that.
I sent Thule an email asking about that from their US website.

I would like to know what you hear back from Thule. I also would like to get one for the sliding door for occasions when I have folks climbing into the rear of the Sprinter.

Boz Staggs
03-31-2014, 02:54 AM
I have Carr Hoops on my van. They work great. They are screwed the through the sheet metal.

LuckyDawgz Jim
04-01-2014, 03:21 AM
I would like to know what you hear back from Thule. I also would like to get one for the sliding door for occasions when I have folks climbing into the rear of the Sprinter.

Well this is disappointing... at least they answered me.

Response Via Email(Dan) - 03/31/2014 05:17 PM
Thank you for contacting Thule! Unfortunately the RV products are now all discontinued. If you are looking to purchase any items or parts you can refer to the company below that bought out the RV line:

ABC Marketing
4800 Eastland Drive
Elkhart, IN 46540
574-293-9399