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Has anyone seen or know of a type of grab handle that can be attached to a motorhome wall by a bolt through the wall rather than screws into the wall?

Mrs Dram has arthritic knees and of late has had difficulty getting into the MH without pulling on something. She had an "ooops" moment a few weeks back when (off balance) she grabbed the fold down extension table and it came away in her hand........(me) don't worry dear, I'll fix it.šŸ˜­

I rather figure a bolt through type (if they exist) will work better as the nearest support wall appears to be a light weight composite and screws will probably pull out.

Ps I'm thinking inside the mh ( edit at 17.02)
 
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Will one of these fit the bill?

Thanks Two on Tour, it might, I'll need to speak to the dealership as Elddis have put a very nice fold in the van structure about two inches from the door lock, running top to bottom. It precludes extra external security locks, (I've been told that), Thanks for the rapid response,
 

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Just google 'grab handle' and loads come up which have holes right through so you can use bolts:

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Depending on the load, either an M6 jacknut or an mate rivet nut, will provide a steel thread to take the bolts. My old Hymer had the bus mirrors attached this way and I copied it to attach a commercial handle as used in taxis.

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Old bus grab handles might do the trick if there's a bus scraper near you, This can be secured by 4 hex headed self tapping bolts from Screwfix.
 
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Hi guys thanks all for the input. Most kind that you've taken the time to consider the issue.

To clarify, it's the hab door, where on stepping onto the inside step, she needs to pull herself up into the main habitation section. The requirement is for a handle either the fridge side (right hand) or on the cab separating wall (left side).

Since both these internal walls appear to be of a light weight construction, I was thinking about a drill through type solution with load spreader plates to ensue that when she does pull on the handle, it's not going to be pulled out of the structure as might be the case had it been simply screwed in.
 

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Furniture nuts or T nuts on the back side of the panel gives a neat threaded hole to take a bolt
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Then you get a load of grab handles to choose
 

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Hi guys thanks all for the input. Most kind that you've taken the time to consider the issue.

To clarify, it's the hab door, where on stepping onto the inside step, she needs to pull herself up into the main habitation section. The requirement is for a handle either the fridge side (right hand) or on the cab separating wall (left side).

Since both these internal walls appear to be of a light weight construction, I was thinking about a drill through type solution with load spreader plates to ensue that when she does pull on the handle, it's not going to be pulled out of the structure as might be the case had it been simply screwed in.
What year/model of MH have you got? Any photos of what it's like inside the hab door on both sides?

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Pictures of the target area for the proposed handle, note the fold down table that ended up be semi detached
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Now I know what you have I've managed to find some images on the web of the 2 areas.

This shows the panel next to the cab, this will be the easiest place to put a handle as you can bolt right through.

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The kitchen side is more difficult, however if you remove the external upper fridge vent cover I suspect it will give you sufficient access to be able to bolt through that side too:

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I'd put 2 handles in anyway, at the same height and distance from the door as being able to evenly pull yourself in is a lot easier than just one sided.
 

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Now I know what you have I've managed to find some images on the web of the 2 areas.

This shows the panel next to the cab, this will be the easiest place to put a handle as you can bolt right through.

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The kitchen side is more difficult, however if you remove the external upper fridge vent cover I suspect it will give you sufficient access to be able to bolt through that side too:

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I'd put 2 handles in anyway, at the same height and distance from the door as being able to evenly pull yourself in is a lot easier than just one sided.

I do not know this vehicle but, a word of caution, those wall/partitions may only be made of chipboard or something similar, so some sort of spreader plate might be needed, good luck! :unsure:
 

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I do not know this vehicle but, a word of caution, those wall/partitions may only be made of chipboard or something similar, so some sort of spreader plate might be needed, good luck! :unsure:
Agreed, always use some sort of spreader plate when putting in anything that is going to have some weight exerted on it. I'm going to have to do something similar in our MH as I can step up but don't have the strength now to 'lift' myself when my weight is on that leg so hubby has to push me! :giggle:

One thing I have been thinking about is instead of having a grab 'handle' is to have a grab 'strap' with a large loop on as it would only need 1 fixing rather than 2 (or more):

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I fitted one of these to steady the missus going up the ladder to the bed above the garage,
Itā€™s bolted right through and folds out of the way when not needed,

 
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Agreed, always use some sort of spreader plate when putting in anything that is going to have some weight exerted on it. I'm going to have to do something similar in our MH as I can step up but don't have the strength now to 'lift' myself when my weight is on that leg so hubby has to push me! :giggle:

One thing I have been thinking about is instead of having a grab 'handle' is to have a grab 'strap' with a large loop on as it would only need 1 fixing rather than 2 (or more):


Strangely enough, that thought was going through my mind as I wrote. I could be secured, in some way, to the front seats perhaps?? OR,
I can fit one of those bed sling/swings, just inside the door with an electric 12v winch fitted? :xThumb:
 
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can she not get in passengers side as my mrs now has to as same reason i use a double step like this with a strap to pull on
 

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Could you not use bolts on any handle instead of srews, surely if it has holes in it to be fixed with srews, bolts can be used instead.
Bolts \ washers \ nuts and a spreader plate used on ours.

Having said that the internal washers \ nuts are inside the cupboard for the folding dining table so hidden. If they were to be exposed they may look unsightly.:unsure: Domed nuts may be acceptable though.:unsure:

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What about car interior (roof) handles? Eg:


 

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