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Who thinks about their RV step covers? They’re just steps, right? What’s the big deal? Well, in addition to the increased safety that good traction ensures, if you think about it, those step covers are all that’s standing between what’s outside your RV and what’s inside your RV.
Anyone who has followed us for any length of time at all knows that we strive to keep our motorhome looking and performing like it’s brand new. After all, we live, work, and travel in our rig full time. Second only to the great outdoors (our favorite living room), our RV is where we spend most of our time.
That and our appreciation for safety are why we’ve paid close attention to the crossover between the great outdoors and the interior of our home-on-wheels, our RV steps. It’s also why in today’s post, we’re talking about an oft-forgotten but essential piece of RV safety and housekeeping, high-quality step covers.
Are RV Step Covers Necessary?
Most RV steps come standard with some type of cover or traction material applied, but in truth, they often don’t offer much traction at all. RV steps can get slippery when they’re wet or when shoes are wet, so as always, safety is the number one reason for high-quality RV step covers.
But in addition to safety, quality step covers provide a way to wipe your shoes of accumulated debris before you enter your RV.
We don’t wear street shoes inside our RV, but you’d be surprised what can be tracked into a living space just moving from outside to inside.
And finally, we’ve been at this for nearly two decades. We’ve lived in our RV for more than 18 years now, so we’ve got the inside scoop on a few things, and we’re here to tell you that yes, RV step covers are necessary.
Are All RV Step Covers About the Same?
No. From many years of experience, we can assure you that not all RV step covers are the same – or even close to the same.
When we started RVing, there was a lot we didn’t know. We bought the cheap step covers you see available in most camping stores and thought they’d be fine. Not only did they not serve the purpose well, but they also didn’t last. So in the end, they were a double fail. Wiping our shoes on that fake turf material was virtually useless – sort of like wiping your shoes on grass. And they fell apart within a year, so we had to replace them frequently, making them “cheap” in quality only!
What Are the Best RV Step Covers on the Market?
In our opinion, and based on our experience, Prest-O-Fit Ruggids are the best step covers available.
They’re very durable, they fit well, and they do a good job of cleaning your shoes while also providing excellent traction. In other words, they check all the boxes of a high-quality RV step cover.
Our Ruggids have lasted for as much as five years at a time.
In fact, we recently bought a new set that we have in storage in our RV basement. Our current Ruggids step covers are old but still aren’t ready to be replaced. We like these step covers so much that we want to be sure to have a set on hand for when we need them – the ultimate compliment for a manufacturer of any product.
For our RV, we use the Prest-O-Fit Ruggids 23-inch Jumbo Wraparound Step Covers.
- Deep treads to trap dirt at the door
- Made of high quality olefin with a solid rubber backing with finished edges
Prest-O-Fit Ruggids are available in black, blue, and brown. As with any RV step cover, you’ll need to measure your RV step to know what size to buy.
Once you’ve taken your measurements, you can use this link to find the size and type of step cover you need for your RV.
How to Measure Your RV Steps for New Step Covers
It’s very easy to measure your RV steps for step covers. There are only two factors you’ll need to consider. You simply need to use your tape measure to grab the width of your RV step. Use your tape measure to measure your RV step from one inside edge to the other. Most RV steps are between 18 and 23 inches wide.
You’ll also need to note whether your RV steps are straight or curved. If your RV steps are curved, make sure to order covers that fit curved steps. Some covers fit only straight steps, but others fit straight OR curved steps.
Prest-O-Fit Ruggids RV step covers fit RV steps from 8 to 11 inches deep. The step cover will wrap around your RV step where the two ends will be joined under the step using heavy-duty zip ties.
Installation is an easy DIY job. Let’s have a look at the step-by-step process.
How to Install New RV Step Covers
Once you have your Prest-O-Fit Ruggids RV step covers in hand, you’ll need only a set of wire cutters to complete the job. Four large cable ties are included with your new RV step covers.
1. Set your new step cover on your RV step evenly, front to back.
2. Feed the four cable ties through the four eyelets on the front of the step.
3. Feed the end of the cable ties under the step and through the eyelets in the cover at the back of the step.
4. Pull the end of the cable tie back through the head of the cable tie, just as you would with any other type of zip tie. (Don’t tighten fully just yet.)
5. Repeat the process for all four eyelets and ties, and then adjust the step cover so that it’s centered properly.
6. Tighten all four cable ties so that they’re taut and firmly holding your step cover in place.
7. Use your wire cutters to cut the remaining ends of the cable ties hanging beneath the step.
8. Repeat the process for all of your RV steps.
Should you prefer to watch a video of us installing our own Prest-O-Fit Ruggids, we’ll leave it right here for you.
Even though RV step covers may not be something we think about every day, they’re absolutely something we use over and over again, day in and day out. In fact, an RV’s entryway steps are among the most used features of an RV. Their frequent use, the importance of safety going up and down the steps whether wet or dry, and their helpfulness in keeping debris out of the RV make quality step covers worth their weight in gold.
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