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Sinking Steps

With all this bad weather we have been having I have found that our double step to go into the caravan has started sinking into the ground causing the ground sheet where the legs sit on to stretch out of shape. There should not be a problem if you are on a hardstanding but grass is a definite yes.

What I have done to stop this is get two offcut lenths of decking, just a little wider than the steps and drill two holes half the thickness of the decking where the legs will sit, the holes need to be slightly bigger than the step legs so that they sit inside the holes. Now when you are pitched up on grass lay your ground sheet out put the two lenths of decking near your door and then place your steps into the holes in the decking. No more sinking.

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A sinking step is nature's way of telling you to lose weight!!
LOL I'll leave it to you to tell my wife then No you are right I am carrying a few pound's more than I would like to but I'll start to worry when it happens on a hardstanding.
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LOL I'll leave it to you to tell my wife then No you are right I am carrying a few pound's more than I would like to but I'll start to worry when it happens on a hardstanding.
Actually Graham we had the same problem at Llandow in sunless July. The awning floor felt like a jelly under our feet!!!
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And us on the two sites we stayed at in Cornwall, we now have those horrible stretch bubbles in the new groundsheet and even worse is the smell phewwww it's been washed, disinfected, soaked etc but no real change. Oh fun!!!
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We have had the same as we rally every weekend. Until we bought a plastic step, thought they would be sloppy but they aren't. They are only one level but are wider and have spread out feet.
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We bought the Milenco step with a bar running around the bottom which prevents it sinking into the ground.
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We bought the Milenco step with a bar running around the bottom which prevents it sinking into the ground.
That's a good idea, ours has made a right mess of the ground sheet with the legs digging in. I might get Yvonne's hairdryer and try applying a bit of heat to the indents to see if I can shrink them a bit, failing that with the two bits of decking on top of them now they won't notice so much.
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Another way around it is to consumer 4 cans of beer or cider. Flatten the tins and put them under each leg and problem solved for you and steps!
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