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Scissor Stairs - Design And Building

Scissor stairs are usually referred to as a small set of stairs that pulls out from a wall, camper or trailer. They can also be referred to as a stairway with a landing, like the picture below. This isn't a commonly used term in the construction industry and usually refers to a set of stairs that's used by recreation vehicles.

Advantages For Using Scissor Stairs

The biggest advantage I can possibly think of, would be using them in recreational vehicles. You pull up to your campsite, pull the stairs down and now have easy access to your camper, trailer or other temporary lodging.

You don't have to worry about the set of stairs getting knocked off as you roll over a large bump or dip in the road. Most of them fold underneath the R.V. and usually have some type of locking mechanism to keep them securely in place, while you're driving or towing your R.V. to its next location.


Disadvantages For Using Scissor Stairs

The worst thing I could think of would be maintenance. If these stairways are wobbly or damaged, they should be fixed or replaced. Even though some of them are rated for heavy loads, I've heard stories of large people actually crushing damage to one's to the ground.

Before you exit any recreation vehicle, you should look to make sure that the stairs are positioned correctly.

I can't tell you how many times I've watched someone fall out of the RV, because they thought that the stairs were down, when they weren't. A big problem with any temporary stairs is that they can be moved and I've actually witnessed people move them, without thinking about the consequences.


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