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Old 03-23-2015, 07:51 PM   #1
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let's talk about steps, ladders and slides...oh..MY!

So actually getting around to my back deck area A.K.A. our veranda

We think of our bus as being a 25 footer, with a little extra interstate hanging off the back, aft of the wheels

First no Sir mix-alot wise cracks

We always back in and let the rear over hang be were it is, a lot of pretty spots if not restricted by OAL

Now some spots like a beach spot we like, no way can you step out the back w/o swimming

I need an adjustable way to get down from the veranda w/o looking too redneck and stacking cinder blocks

So I am thinking 3 ways now

1) some built-in steps to ground like cabooses have
Pro-cool
Con-none adjustable for ht

2)flip down stairs built with wide steps on 8" spacing done with mount holes for steps parallel, so steps remain level through up/down motion
Pro-adjustable ht steps
Con-spacing of steps Will be a constantly changing variable, this = ER visit, not cool

3)a fold down ramp like ships use and forts with moats use or even uhaul moving truck, make it twin fold like an attic ladder to have a short drop or extended drop
Pro-forts are cool and being able to say,just one time..."aarrr lower the ramp!" Priceless
Con-winter time...a lot longer than other ideas

4)combine 2 ideas like keep passenger side caboose short steps and a bigger fold down ramp straight out back for when our estate allows it
Pro-it works
Con-twice as much work or 1/2 as much work on floor/deck of veranda.....never got the 1/2 full or empty thing
So weigh in and discuss
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Hey Bansil. How about building a mini one step elevator from an electric trailer tongue jack or a couple of linear actuators or a hydraulic ram or a pneumatic ram. If you can get Tango to sell you one of his sky hooks I guess you could use a chain hoist of some sort--but that might be a bit red neck. Jack
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hey ya old fart, why not just jump? its not that far............
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Lorna, I searched the link you posted and love the following that they list.
I may be adding it to my wish list.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:21 AM   #6
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hey ya old fart, why not just jump? its not that far............
my knees are shot from jumping off tanks for 16 years plus it can vary from 1 ft to 6 ft...I was not airborne

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Hey Bansil. How about building a mini one step elevator from an electric trailer tongue jack or a couple of linear actuators or a hydraulic ram or a pneumatic ram. If you can get Tango to sell you one of his sky hooks I guess you could use a chain hoist of some sort--but that might be a bit red neck. Jack
interesting, maybe a portable zip line for leaving the veranda, I am afraid the elevator might be abused by neighboring kids playing..that is a possible liability

Now a block and tackle would give the tree house look, and those are cool, maybe even have a basket on the end!


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Only problem is going from say 12 inch drop to 6 foot drop depending on terrain, this could bring lego like stacking blocks back into the problem...

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Thanks for great ideas so far; I just think we need to look outside the normal boxes and the budget will have to be...ugh..cheap to free

so sadly linear actuators controlling a disappearing spiral stair case may be out of the picture...

WAIT!!!!!

Has anyone down a spiral stair case to an upper deck???????

that sounds almost doable!
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seriously man, remember way back in school when you learned about counterweights and levers? a simple lever with a step on one end and a weight on the other. add a damper (shock) to control fall. think drop control for bandsaw.

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seriously man, remember way back in school when you learned about counterweights and levers? a simple lever with a step on one end and a weight on the other. add a damper (shock) to control fall. think drop control for bandsaw.

cool
So a strategically located set of levers/blocks/ cables and wooden spools.......I could make a medium sized trebuchet, and then I could use it for

1) access to the roof

2)install heavy duty pins to stop it at Veranda level

3)mount it on a huge lazy Susan (not a girl, the TV spiny thingy) and then can use it as a defensive weapon against intruders/zombies and coyotes

Just thought of a major CON!!

If an o-ring starts to leak...the beverages and food could be contaminated with hydraulic oil

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You can always treat the rear porch like a private balcony. No easy exterior access. I kinda have the same problem with Das Mel. She wants access to be via the rear door. Upside is she wouldn't have to duck. :P
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