"A little too high for no step - What are you playing at Elddis?"
When we bought the Elddis Accordo 120 one of the things we noticed is that it didn’t have an electric step, or any other type of step either, and what’s more is there was no step optional extra. When I queried this with the salesman I was told that Elddis doesn’t consider a step necessary for the Accordo range, hence there is no factory fitted step available. I have to admit I was a bit surprised by this, but the salesman obviously knew what he was talking about so I didn’t probe any further.
When we were looking around the Elddis Accordo 135 and 105 (we ended up buying the 120 but this has the same dimensions as the Accordo 105 and Accordo 135) I did notice the step was at an awkward height, where it seemed a little too low to have a step but a little too high for nothing. The lack of a step was by no means a deal breaker and there were a lot more important and pressing features to consider.
When we took delivery of our Accordo 120 and was given the handover I became aware of the step issue once more. I casually asked the question from the bloke doing the hand over and the response was “it doesn’t need a step because it isn’t high enough”. I thought the reply was a bit terse and it didn’t have to be said the way it did, but I let it ride.
Once we got the Accordo 120 home and started loading it up and sorting it out the lack of step became more and more noticeable, and I started questioning Elddis’ decision not to include a step on the Accordo range, and question even more the decision not to have a step as an optional extra. My wife and I have no mobility issues, however I know many people do and anyone with mobility problems would really struggle getting in and getting out of the Accordo 120. Okay, I know you can always buy a step from a camping accessory shop for a few quid but when you’re spending several thousand on a brand new motor home you’d kind of think the manufacturers would have their own solution, but this isn’t the case.
The more times I went in and out of the motor home and had to deal with the step that was slightly too high the more and more niggling the problem became. When we went on our first proper trip out in the Accordo 120 and spent the bank holiday weekend at Walnut Lakes (a cracking little campsite in Boston, Lincolnshire – take a look at this review for full details) I reached the conclusion a step was essential. Having to keep stepping off on to a shale covered hard standing (we have a strict shoes off policy in the motor home) before being able to put my shoes on was playing havoc with my feet and starting to really p**s me off.
Space in the motor home is limited so my initial thought was to buy a foldable step. After a bit of searching on Amazon, Ebay and all the other usual suspects the only foldable step I could find was a bright green plastic model. When I saw the foldable step my first thought was “Why is it luminous green?” followed by “It looks like a child’s step” followed by “It looks cheap and nasty”.
"The low 25cm step is the perfect height for what we needed"
During a visit it Go Outdoors (to buy all my water accessories) I spotted the in yer face green step so I thought I would take a closer look. On inspection I discovered the step was indeed poorly made and looked like it would last five minutes. I am not particularly large (although I am heavy footed) and my wife is a real lightweight at around 8 stone, but I had doubts the step would even take my weight. In the flesh the green step was brighter and more garish than it looked online, and it looked worse and tackier than it did online too. Within a few seconds I knew this foldable step wasn’t for me.
I had a look around the aluminium steps but none of them were foldable, which was a real shame. I asked an assistant about a foldable aluminium step and was told there is no such thing and the only foldable step is the green plastic one, and was quickly warned against it. Hmmmm………… My plan of buying a foldable step had hit a bit of a stumbling block.
Most of the steps n Go Outdoors were huge and way too high and wouldn’t fit under the motor home at night. The other issue with the large steps were transporting them around. At the end of the row I found a one aluminium step that was 25cm high, and whilst it looked super low compared to the other steps I instantly knew it would work. The floor height is just a little bit too high so a low step, such as this 25cm step, would work. The 25cm step was small (so would be better to transport between sites), fit under the van at night and was also lightweight. The step is covered in an anti-slip top and it was just over a tenner as well! Excellent.
Finding a solution to the step issue wasn’t difficult and it didn’t cost much either. The thing is, and this is what really gets me rattled, is that it is an issue that Elddis should have considered and had something in place from the off. When you’re parting with several thousand pounds on a brand new vehicle you kind of expect there to be a solution to the fundamental things, and getting in to and out of the motor home is a pretty fundamental thing in my book. It’s a shame that Elddis don’t share the same opinion.