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Default like to put a new diamond plate step well in

I would like to install a new step well. I would like to do it in stainless steel and diamond plate. Diamond plate being the tread of course. Stainless being the kick pieces on the rise. Also I have future plans to install hardwood floors so I want to accommodate that as well as possible. I would like to install wood laminate or real wood on the left and right sides of the footwell also but I'm not married to the idea and plans could change at any time. Any suggestions or hints as to things to avoid?
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If you add diamondplate for treads, you will need to either leave a gap on the sides or cut the plate to have access to the hydraulic jack reservoir.
Or you can do this:
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Ernie,

Are the step well dimensions (from coach to coach) consistent enough for an expert to fabricate a diy kit?

Just a thought.
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Hi Fred- good thought.
My experience- all coaches are different.
The problem with diamondplate- a full tread will scratch the sidewalls when it is removed for fluid inspection.
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Ahhhh Ernie,
sometimes you have to think outside the box.

Beau:

Take a look at the pics below. What I had done on my 84FC.
The kicker plates around were checkplate aluminum, but the thread was made from checkplate rubber with a rubber foam backing, the rubber part was industrial type stuff, not going to wear out quickly.
The rubber thread on the bottom one was glued all the way around, not in the middle though, and the step on with the tank plate was glued only on the back edge so it could be flipped up. This worked well for me, and it looked pretty good too/
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My initial thought is how slippers the diamond plate would be. Unless you put something over it with two sided tape, maybe, it would be horrible if your shoes were wet.

But I have never walked on diamond plate so what do I know
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"think outside the box" some folks don't like the Mack truck look.
since my flooring business is booked solid till Aug of next year, I'm doing something right
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yeah Ernie, and some do.

Paul:
The threads were rubber on mine, not slippery at all, and you know it doesn't look like a Mack truck either, regardless of what Ernie says.
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Rubber makes a lot of sense for the entry way, ease of cleaning, etc.

One day..... I hope to replace / have mine replaced.
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What "threads" are you speaking of??????
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