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How To Choose The Correct Steps For My Trailer?

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Good afternoon, We are looking to purchase some steps. Number on the steps we have is 216943. Is this something you can look up for us?

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Expert Reply:

I spoke with Lippert and the part number you provided is actually the part number for a wiring harness for electric steps.

We weren't able to figure out for which steps that harness goes to, however I can provide you with some information to help you choose the steps you need for your coach.

What you're first going to need to do is take some measurements so you can choose some steps that fit your coach.

You'll need to measure the mounting width and the mounting depth first. For the width you'll measure the distance between the factory mounting brackets, and for the depth, you'll need to make sure that you have enough room for your new mounting plate, without interfering with other components beneath your RV.

Next, with a level RV, you'll measure for what's called the "Entry Height". This is going to be the distance from the mounting point of your steps to the ground.

The entry height should roughly match the height of the steps when fully extended plus 6-8" to accommodate the distance from the bottom step to the ground.

So if you measured 27", your steps should be around 19" when fully extended; so for a 27" entry height + 8" distance to ground from bottom step = 27".

For instance the Lippert Electric Tread Lite Step for RVs # LC353542 that you were looking at will work for trailers with an entry height measurement of 6-1/2", and have a 25-5/8" Mounting Bracket Width.

If you're able to take some measurements I'd be happy to help.

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Bryce D

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