Mod #28: Entrance Assist Handle
Submitted on: 07/02/08
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The entrance assist handle is a nice convenience, especially if you have a high first step in to your RV. Often times when you level your RV, the curb side of the RV is higher than the street side. This can make the first step quite high. You can add another portable step and this will help quite a bit. However, the assist handle mod will make things even easier.
Most RVs have a plastic assist handle from the factory but are really too small and uncomfortable to use when you grip them. Replacement handles have soft-grip foam surrounding the handle and are much larger in size. They also fold flat by lifting up on the handle and rotating them to the left, which stows them for travel.
Installation is quite simple. If you already have the small plastic handle installed, you can install the replacement right over the top of it. Well, not literally. You will have to use new mounting holes. But the original can stay in place. You can remove it if you like but then you must fill the mounting holes and sometimes that be somewhat unsightly.
Chances are that where you locate the new mounting holes, there will be some framing to screw in to, since the old handle is mounted to this framing. If in doubt, contact your RV manufacturer to ensure there is proper backing where the new mounting holes will be. Drill pilot holes before screwing in the screws. Use the recommended size drill for the screws that came with the assist handle. Put some caulking in to the screw holes before securing the handle. Secure the handle and prepare for you new found assist handle comfort!
Assist handles are also available with a lighted handle, however they are not foldable. They look very attractive though and are a nice alternative to the standard grab handles.