Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) was issued a U.S. patent for its SolidStep, an RV or trailer entrance step that stores inside the entry-door frame instead of underneath the chassis. The SolidStep also extends all the way to the ground, providing a stable platform when entering the coach.
“Hats off to our development team who have been working hard the past several years to raise the bar on steps for the industry,” stated Andy Murray, LCI’s vice president of sales for RV products, in a press release. “The launch of the Alumi-Tread entry step a couple years ago was a huge success, and now we’re seeing even more excitement over the SolidStep. When the adoption rate of a product moves as fast as the SolidStep, we know that we have developed something that is on target with what the market was looking for.”
The SolidStep’s extendable feet give the product the “no bounce” quality that consumers have asked for. Additionally, the SolidStep features a 400-pound capacity and is available in triple and quadruple step configurations.
Due to customer response, LCI just recently released a lift-assist version of the SolidStep that makes the step virtually weightless when it is released to the ground because of a heavy-duty gas strut system that takes the weight off of the step.
LCI’s aftermarket division has also seen an uptick in SolidStep sales. LCI just recently launched a dealer program, offering a free SolidStep point-of-purchase display with a qualifying purchase. The sales piece gives the SolidStep presence on the showroom floor without taking up a great deal of space.