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Old 07-25-2017, 03:17 PM   #1
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Adding a Deck/steps

I've got a 1969 Overlander that I've just restored and will be using for guest quarters on my property. I'm planning to build a deck and curious about the entry.

Is it best to maintain a step up into the trailer to keep guests from braining themselves on the short door? I've seen a lot of decks online that are level with the trailer floor and while I like that look, I'm worried that six footers like myself may have trouble safely entering the unit.

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Old 07-25-2017, 04:56 PM   #2
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A deck serves many purposes. It provides an elevated space to entertain that is up out of the mud. It provides a level space to entertain when the ground beneath isn't level. It adds visual appeal. It levels out the entry for easier handicapped access. Only this last one actually requires the deck to be level with the floor of the trailer. And given how narrow the entry door is on an Airstream compared to residential stick-and-brick homes, you're probably not doing it for handicapped access anyway. So keeping it level with the interior floor ought to be a non-issue as far as functionality is concerned.

Especially if you want to extend the awning out over the deck to provide shade, you'll want the deck to be level with the bottom edge of the trailer body at most, so the deck doesn't interfere with the awning legs. If the wheel well shows above deck level, that's easily remedied by adding a built-in storage bench (a bench seat with a hidden storage box below) right in front of the wheel well.
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Thanks for the reply!

If the door was taller a level deck would be preferable, I just don't think everyone would remember to duck down on entry! I'll be building a shed roof over the deck and trailer so using the Airstream awning isn't an issue.

I've seen plenty photographs of decks level to the interior floor but haven't spoken to anyone who's built or used one, curious whether or not the door height is as much of a factor as I suspect it would be.
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Actually, you can't go exactly level anyway, because unlike a residential door, the Airstream door extends slightly below floor level to provide a weather seal at the bottom. If you have to leave clearance for the bottom edge of the door to swing out over the deck, you might as well go a full step down at least. 8 inches of elevation difference is actually less of a tripping hazard than 1 or 2 inches elevation difference.
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