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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Even The Simple Things - Tiny Folding Plastic Step Stool

Taken While Standing On The Stool.
    Let's face it, unless you are a vampire or some other form of immortal ( ;) ) you will get older. I know I am. Nowadays, when I want to check the battery water levels or find something in my storage bay I like to have something to sit on that's low enough to give me easy access and strong enough to hold my weight easily. Not to mention high enough to get up from! To be honest, I'd seen those small folding plastic step stools often at RV shows and at large RV and camping retailers but thought only of how short they were. Since I am "vertically challenged" I am always on the lookout for a compact device that let's me get close to my roof. This really wasn't going to work for that. Turns out I was looking in the wrong direction. I should have been looking down this stool is perfect for sitting on and working on something you would otherwise have to bend down to see or touch.

In addition to using it as a seat, I've found that it does work as a step of sorts. Great for cleaning the RV windshield when there isn't a long-pole version of the squeegee available at a fuel stop. It's also great for replacing clearance light bulbs. (Or just smacking them a bit so they turn on!) It's very sturdy even though it is made from molded plastic. I've jumped up and down on it without any issues. I don't RECOMMEND doing that as a matter of course, but it held up fine. Both open and folded it has a convenient carry handle built into the seat so it's easy to grab and go.

It folds down essentially flat, and fits nicely behind my barrel chair up against the wall near my fire extinguisher. I've never secured it, it just sits there comfortably and hasn't moved or fallen out...ever. Pretty remarkable, really. I would recommend securing it in a compartment or using a strap or bungie to hold it down. At the the princely sum of $9.95 retail, it's a bargain. Something functional and useful is often hard to come by. If you want some beauty added in, it comes in a variety of colors. Of course, I liked the plain black version. I've been using this quite a bit, and it still looks new.

You may not need this little beauty....yet. You may never need it. More power to you! But I find it makes many tasks much easier on my back and knees. Try it, you'll like it.

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"

Editor: Here's the link for the folding step stool at Amazon