We've had some good use from our $10.00 wooden steps. They were sturdily built, though not of the most suitable material.
I took a tumble down them the day prior to Christmas Eve (while carrying our small tree). The tree survived intact but I received a large bruise on one thigh. I examined the steps and saw that the side supporting panels were starting to deteriorate (due to being constructed of non-weatherproof chipboard).
The bargain steps were decommissioned and we reverted to using a milk crate, which obviously wasn't ideal. Vaughan has fallen twice, Erin has also fallen and I stacked in spectacular fashion last night. My offspring rallied to my assistance. They were all for hauling me up immediately but I needed a few minutes to catch my breath. I put a pack of frozen peas on the worst area and the changing colours provided much amusement - when I recovered my good humour!
Not surprisingly the milk crate was also decommissioned and we didn't bother using a replacement overnight, preferring to step in and out of the van carefully rather than risk further injury. My mission today was to buy a proper step - without driving all over the countryside to do so.
After a few false starts, I found a heavy duty caravan step at SuperCheap Auto - and it was on sale! Given our recent celebrations, I made another stop on the way home and had a simple plaque engraved for our new "anniversary step"!
The step has been in use for two hours and is very much appreciated by all!