What are the most cost-effective steps (stairs) for mobile homes?
For years, we've been making our own out of wood. For the steps themselves, we paint tread coat. We used to use outdoor carpet, but it doesn't last and looks crummy after a couple years. Tread coat is paint. We can re-paint when it looks crummy.
The problem is that we spend too much money. We spend a lot making them, though it's far cheaper than buying any set we've found so far. Each set has to be made custom to fit the exact height of the specific mobilehome. Then, we often have to repair them after a few years due to dry rot or warping. And, we re-paint the rails & sides white every 3 years or so, and the tread coat as needed.
We've looked at the Dura Grip II BOCA steps online. But, with rails two sets are $1,081.00, and with $440.00 shipping to Southern California, they're $1,522.00. Our budget is more like $400.00 to $600.00 per set, ideally. We spend $400.00 to build a set, but then we have the ongoing maintenance I've mentioned. So, we're wondering what other parks do and if there are better solutions.
I'm thinking that some park owners have found a better solution. What are your favorite steps? Where do you buy them? Is there a source in or near Southern California so we can spend less on shipping?