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Simple Portable RV Stairs: So Easy a 84 Year Old Man Can Do It

At times the distance between the ground and your RV can be more than is comfortable to climb up and down. Other times the retractable stairs just plain stop working. In many cases, it may be necessary to build or purchase a set of stairs. The problem is, most RV’ers have a lifestyle that doesn’t accommodate anything permanent. So permanently built stairs are not really a consideration. Unless of course you intend to take them apart and reassemble them every time you travel. Is there a simple portable RV stairs solution?

As the video below will show you, there is a simple answer to this issue of portable RV stairs. All you need to do is find a design that requires no screws, glue, or nails in any way and can be built of relatively lightweight materials. The video below shows these portable RV stairs being built by an 84 year old man with nothing more than a few pieces of wood and a rubber mallet. That’s it…

Simple Portable RV Stairs Photos


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Simple Portable RV Stairs Video

The video below shows a 84 year old man assembling the Portable RV stairs.



As you can see it is a very interesting design and one that will break down for easy storage inside your RV. There are other uses that come to mind such as offering a way for pets or children to climb up in the back of SUV’s or trucks. Not to mention these portable RV stairs could be an easy way to get access to those hard to reach areas around the RV during maintenance or cleaning.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Jig Saw
  • Stain (if needed)


We reached out to the creator of this clever design, a gentleman by the name of Wayne Thomas. He says the design calls for the portable stairs to be 32 inches wide and for each step to be 11 inches in depth. You get the choice of building them either 23.5″ or 31″ inches tall with his plans.  Wayne estimates the materials to cost around $60 not including what every coating you decide to use. The plans are offered for sale by emailing him at [email protected] at a cost of $25. Many have commented on the high quality of his plans and seem to think they are well worth the price.

The idea of having something like this around that anyone can assemble and store is appealing to us. It is alot like the Porta-Step without the hefty cost. What are your thoughts? Share in the comments below.

1 thought on “Simple Portable RV Stairs: So Easy a 84 Year Old Man Can Do It”

  1. I have a 1958 home with cement steps that are sinking into the ground. The wood under both doors is rotted. I need to bust up the cement stairs and repair the house. Temporary portable stairs are what I need until the job is finished.

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