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    Setting Up Camp Dave & Kate's Avatar
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    Dogs don't like steps

    Has anyone with smaller dogs had any problems with the steps into the trailer. We have two Corgi's and when we tried to show them the trailer yesterday, they would not even try to go up them. And once we put them inside, same thing going out. One slipped on the step going down and the other one just jumped from the top step. Anyone else have this issue?
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    We have two Corgis as well.
    Only had them in the camper a couple times at home .....and ....yes there were stumbles going in and leaps from the second step going out.
    We added step covers and an extra step platform under the bottom step. Helped a little.

    We are finally leaving on our very first camping trip (shake down cruise) today.
    We will try hanging some cloth behind the first two steps (like a riser) to see if that helps their perception.
    I was told once that as they look at the steps they really don't see much from their angle so it is scary to take that leap.

    We also had to put rugs everywhere in the 5th wheel to keep them from sliding, especially the steps inside up to the bedroom.

    We will check back in when we get back.
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    I have 3, one is elderly and can't navigate the steps going in or out at all. She doesn't even like the step going up to the bedroom, but with coaxing will go up. Going down it she needs guidance.
    We use a ramp. The little guy will try to use the entry steps but prefers using the ramp. I worry hell slip or misstep and get hurt when he uses the steps. (but he is a little easier to pick up)
    The third dog will try to jump on the ramp from the side if we don't lead him to the bottom of the ramp.
    Or he'll attempt use the narrow strip of the steps left for us to use to try and get in, he is such a goof

    The ramp is made by
    SolvIt, most times it's not to steep. For the occasions it is we put something under the bottom to make a small step. We set it to the right side of the steps and it leaves about 8 inches for us to navigate
    It's a bit of a PIA but it's the best solution we have come up with and way easier than lifting a 70 lb dog in and out


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    We have a large (150 pound) chocolate lab Jack. I also had a black lab that blew out his knee going down some steps, $2000 later he was fine with a titanium joint. We bought a ramp that extends to six feet is less than ten pounds and easily fits into the basement. Trained Jack within about three. Weeks he now uses it anytime we camp. It's not the going up that's the problem, it's the going down.
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    Yeah, our little girl will not attempt the stairs, in or out. Poor little girl just stands there and looks helpless She makes us carry her to bed at night too but it's all a ploy. When we're gone for the day we come home to find her sleeping in the bedroom so I know she can make it up and down those stairs if she really wants to.
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    Molly has gotten used to the steps. The thin anti slip strips we got at the rally last year helped a lot.

    She will not go up the steps if the step light is on, it is right in her face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    We have a large (150 pound) chocolate lab Jack. I also had a black lab that blew out his knee going down some steps, $2000 later he was fine with a titanium joint. We bought a ramp that extends to six feet is less than ten pounds and easily fits into the basement. Trained Jack within about three. Weeks he now uses it anytime we camp. It's not the going up that's the problem, it's the going down.
    I also have a elderly dog that can not do steps at all 85 lbs to lift in and out, just wondering what brand ramp and where you found it?
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    The ramp mfg. is Solvit, I think I bought it of Amazon. They have a couple of sizes, the six foot one works.
    Horst, Marlene & Jack, Turlock-CA.
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    One big giant (140lbs) chocolate lab Jack.

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    I'll echo the ramp thought. Our 130 lb dog is unenthusiastic about the steps, but a ramp that takes care of the bottom 2 steps makes all the difference. (He's also old and has bad hips.)
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    My Labrador is 130lbs and completely healthy and will not even attempt the steps, they are just too steep and spacing is all wrong. If the RV industry had to adhere to any sort of code with these steps they would fail. My wife doesnt even like them (she has bed knees from rowing through two masters degrees in college) and blew out her right knee when we were moving from one RV to the other before I got the wooden steps with a platform built. Dog went right up them no worries.

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