Omnistep Green Mat - DIY Solution

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  1. dpsuk999

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    Having looked at the green mats you can buy for your step, I thought the fitment was poor and it didn't really 'fit' properly so embarked on making my own. For the total cost of £5 I bougt 10 studs and poppers and a length of green mat.

    First I removed the step. Undo the 6 screws holding it in place
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    I then screwed the studs on the back edge and the first edge under the front of the step using SS screws
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    I then cut the green mat to the correct size, fitted the poppers in the correct places (still need to fit the extra poppers)
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    Refit the step
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    Then press studded the green mat onto the step. Fits perfect and I've made an extra 2 so can swap them to wash etc. Fits far better than the ones you buy from Fiamma.
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    We don't have an external step on our van but do have one of the plastic ones similar to This One.

    I bought a plastic grass mat from Lidl (£2.99 I think) and cut it in half. One half is fastened to the step using tie wraps and the other half is in the garage for when it wears out.
     
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    To help reduce the slipperiness of ours I stuck on some self-adhesive anti-slip strips (looks like thin strips of 'sandpaper') which I picked up from a car boot sale ... our dogs can't stand the feel of the mock grass mats on their feet.
     
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    Nice one Dave :xThumb:
     
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    I've got the same anti slip strips on the entrance door (just see in the picture of the step) but it gets very muddy easy and then I have to brush it with a hard nail brush to clean it but good stuff. Also stuck them on the trailers loading ramps as sometimes when very wet and muddy the cars front wheels can slip a little when loading.
     
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    I have done the same for the cab door steps and also on the rear bumper/step for our PVC too ... works a treat - you can see the anti-slip strips on this photo.

    This also shows a 'brush bar' which I fixed to the front of the step housing to 'sweep' the step when it retracts and remove some of the dirt, the bar is simply a cut down door draught strip which is held in place with a couple of small metal brackets utilising existing bolts in the step housing :

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    This shows the 'brush bar' when the step is retracted:

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    This is the step before I fitted the 'brush bar':

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  7. Shuismo

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    Hi dpsuk999,
    I liked your step with the green mat fitted and I have been trying to get the poppers that you used but I have been unable to find them, can you tell me where I can get some. Thanks
     
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    Hiya, I got mine from eBay, if you just type in 'awning poppers and studs' loads come up, but also you will need the 'awning stud closing tool'
     
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    We used an offcut of astroturf and some cable ties. Not as pretty as yours but does the job (y)
     
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    Thanks got the replies I"l have a look
    Hope ours looks as good as yours.
     
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    Aldi were doing a kit the other week, hole making punch and press studs then press stud tool.
     
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