What would you do if your fifth wheel steps didn’t even last a year and a half? Well, ours did so we had to replace them. We upgraded our OEM RV steps with Torklift GlowStep Revolution entry steps. But, is the installation tedious or should you get a professional to install them?
We were so proud of our brand new Heartland Landmark 365. The full body paint and it’s sleek design was a looker going down the highway as well as parked at a campground.
However, there was one issue that cheapened the appearance of our high-end luxury fifth wheel.
Less than 18 months of owning our Landmark fifth wheel, our original OEM entry steps were rapidly degrading and looking deplorable. The black powdercoat paint was peeling and faded. Rust was growing like moss in a forest. And, the bolts were rusting in place; making them difficult to deploy and stow even after Dan’s diligent maintenance and our careful use.
Considering they only had a 1-year warranty, we were left to find a much better RV steps replacement and upgrade. Then, we learned about the GlowStep Revolution steps manufactured for the towable RVs market.
So, let’s jump off with those crappy and bouncy OEM RV steps to see why we upgraded our fifth wheel entry steps to Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution.
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GlowStep Revolution RV Steps – RV Entry Steps Upgrade
First, before we show our unboxing and installation guide, let’s talk about the GlowStep Revolution step system.
About Torklift International’s GlowStep Revolution RV step entry system for fifth wheels, travel trailers and truck campers
As provided by Torklift International:
The GlowStep Revolution RV entry steps are the first and only step system designed for all RV towables that is versatile and flexible to adapt to any type of terrain.
The step entry system is revolutionary for several reasons. Featuring 7 inches of precision elevation adjustment, the SMARTSTEP® GLOWSTEP REVOLUTION® step system has 3 positions of upper adjustment between the RV entry and top step, plus an additional 5 positions of lower adjustment with the all-terrain landing gear adjustable feet.
As the only step in the world that features this patent pending and unique level of adjustment at both the top and the bottom of the step system, this step allows all options for accommodating any terrain.
So, as you’ve just read, the GlowStep Revolution steps were exactly what we needed.
A couple reasons we chose the GlowSteps:
- Manufactured of lighter-weight aircraft aluminum
- We needed four steps instead of the OEM 3-steps entry
Unboxing our GlowStep Revolution RV Entry Steps
A week after providing the necessary information and measurements to Torklift International, we received the big box at our mail center box in San Antonio, Texas. We only had a week left so we had to get them installed quickly.
Included with our GlowStep Revolution were the installation and shim kit for our particular Landmark year and model. Dan laid everything out and took inventory as well as read the instructions three times over before getting started. We noticed the shims had adhesive already adhered to them making installation much easier and less time consuming.
Our GlowStep Revolution RV steps Installation Guide
Our GlowStep Revolution steps kit came equipped with:
- GlowStep Revolution 4-step system
- 4- ¼-inch thick steel spacer plates
- Hardware – nuts, washers and bolts
Tools needed to install our GlowStep Revolution steps:
The kit includes four ¼-inch thick steel spacer plates and longer hardware to ensure seamless installation, adjusting the factory bracket width to accurately fit the step mounting location.
Step 1: Dan removed the old super-heavy steel OEM steps
Once they were off, he placed both steps side by side so you can see the difference.
However, we had to stop installation to do a bit of cosmetic work on the frame box where our new GlowSteps were to be mounted into.
The frame step box had significant rust and corrosion that needed immediate attention before moving onto our install. (Sorry for the quality of the photo)
Dan had to clean the existing peeling powdercoat with a wire brush and clean it. After the steel surface dried, he sprayed two coats of Rust Oleum Automotive Rusty Metal Primer allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.
Then, he sprayed two coats of Rust Oleum Black Matte Automotive Metal Spray Paint to the steel step housing box.
Step 2: Measuring the step box where the new GlowSteps were going to be installed.
Step 3: Dry fitting our new GlowStep system
Step 3: Dan applied the four ¼-inch thick steel spacer plates with the adhered two-sided tape and bolted in the hardware. He also adjusted the factory bracket width to accurately fit the step mounting location.
Step 4: Reinstalling the fascia plate (he removed it prior so he didn’t get primer/paint or knick it during installation)
Step 5: Dan hung our new GlowStep Revolution fifth wheel steps and installed more hardware.
Step 6: Tightening and tweaking hardware to finish installation of our new entry steps.
Now, our GlowStep Revolution fifth wheel step system installation is complete!
After our RV steps installation was complete, we can now deploy our steps without hearing the screech or the creaking each time we stepped on them.
Deployment of the GlowStep Revolution Entry Steps
Deploying our new fifth wheel steps is as simple as 1-2-3!
Step 1: Unlatch the steps using the release lever on the left.
Step 2: Grab the bottom step and pull the steps out and down. They will open like an accordion.
Step 3: Once your bottom step risers are set on the ground, simply adjust each riser to level the steps 90 degrees from the door.
Now, our GlowSteps are deployed and ready for use. By the feet being flush to the ground, there’s no bounce or movement of your RV each time you step onto the steps.
When it comes time to stow our entry steps for transit, we do the opposite of the deployment of the steps. After stowing our GlowSteps, we make certain to latch them securely by inserting the cotter pin into the feature hole.
One of the great features of the GlowStep Revolution is the deployment directions are right there in front. Notice the sticker above the top step with directions should you forget or someone is unfamiliar deploying or stowing them.
Our review of the GlowStep Revolution entry step system
We are impressed with not only the entire system, construction and materials but also the ease of installation. Seriously, even a Caveman could install them.
There’s no need for odd tools tools or engineering degrees to install the GlowSteps. Installation took no more than one hour.
We did have to add another hour to our installation time due to having to brush, clean, prime and paint the steel frame box where our steps are installed.
This best thing is this is a one-person installation. So, there’s no need for a buddy to assist you or your wife handing you the wrong tools or telling you that you’re doing it wrong. Torklift’s directions included in the unboxing are spot on and very easy to understand.
Why we love the GlowStep Revolution step system
We’ve had our GlowStep Revolution RV steps for over two years and absolutely love them.
- GlowSteps are lightweight and easy for anyone of any size or strength to deploy, adjust and stow them.
- These steps are more rugged and more stable each time you step on them.
- The GlowStep Revolution step system can deploy on any terrain or surface.
- If your fifth wheel or travel trailer is parked close to other vehicles, buildings or obstacles, simple adjustments will enable you to still use your RV steps.
- Each GlowStep has glow-in-the-dark tape on the outer edges of each step that glow at night for at least a few hours.
- There’s no bounce that shakes our fifth wheel when stepping on or off of the GlowSteps.
- When storing your RV, you can lock your GlowSteps closed.
- They are manufactured of rust-free, non-tarnishing aircraft-grade aluminum
- Each step has embossed treads to alleviate foot slippage.
- There are no troughs that hold water.
- The GlowStep Revolution steps are easy to clean with a simple spray of the hose or damp cloth.
We would highly recommend the GlowStep Revolution step system to anyone who is looking to replace or upgrade their RV steps on their fifth wheel, travel trailer or even truck camper.
Not only are they a more attractive step system but also they are more efficient for any RV owner.
Check out our video on how the GlowStep Revolution are an industry leader of RV step applications:
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GlowStep Revolution Accessories and Attachments:
Also, Torklift International has GlowSteps for Truck Campers.
For more information on the GlowStep Revolution step systems, you can visit their website: GlowStep Revolution – The Ultimate Step System.