Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-06-2006, 04:41 PM   #1
Gunter
 
gunner's Avatar
 
2000 35' Land Yacht XL w/2 slides
Greenville , Ohio
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 329
Entrance Steps

Has anyone converted or replaced their entrance step from a single step to a two or three step on their classic motorhome? If so please provide details.
Thanks,
__________________

__________________
Gunter
2000 Land Yacht XL 355
gunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2006, 07:50 PM   #2
4 Rivet Member
 
Robfike's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Speedway , Indiana
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 421
Gunner,
We did exactly that. We went from the old vacuum single to a new electric two step. It is a perfect up-grade. The Quickie two step fits great, and works very well. Having two steps makes the first step-up much easier. The only draw-back that I can see is that it works just a bit slower than the old vacuum one. I purchased ours from PPL motorhomes in Houston, TX.
Good luck,Rob
__________________

__________________
Robfike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2006, 03:02 AM   #3
4 Rivet Member
 
Chuckles's Avatar
 
1983 31' Airstream310
Iwerne Minster , Dorset. UK
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 270
I am interested in the same idea, but would prefer to retain the vacuum operation.

As I see it the step ALWAYS goes in on engine start whereas, from reading other posts, many experience voltage drain and occasionally failures to remember to retract the steps.

Is there a vacuum two step - step?
__________________
Chuck
Dorset UK

Don't take life so seriously.... it is not permanent!
Chuckles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2006, 06:54 AM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
Robfike's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Speedway , Indiana
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 421
The Quickie step also always retracts with engine start. They normaly retract with door closure, but you have an "override" switch which overrides the normal door close function. If in override, the step stays out with the door closed. But no matter what position the switch is in, the steps retract with engine start.
One of the reasons we went to the electric steps was due to a problem with the old vacuum unit. The vacuum unit has an electric soleniod valve to control it's movement. Our valve shorted out, and blew the fuse that has all of the "ignition on" hot items. This includes the alternator field! It was only after removing the alternator for inspection that I found the blown fuse and put the two failures together.
Good luck, Rob
__________________
Robfike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2006, 04:45 PM   #5
3 Rivet Member
 
1982 28' Airstream 280
Norfolk , Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 135
Rob

Do you have the model number of that Quickie, or do they only make one two step?

Steve
__________________
Geophilist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 07:49 PM   #6
4 Rivet Member
 
Robfike's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Speedway , Indiana
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 421
I've been out of town, but I will try to get you the P/N tomorrow.
Rob
__________________
Robfike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2006, 10:40 AM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
1982 28' Airstream 280
Norfolk , Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 135
Rob,

Thanks for looking.

How much trouble was it to install? Can you share any picts?

Thanks again.

Steve
__________________
Geophilist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2006, 04:14 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
Robfike's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Speedway , Indiana
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 421
Geophilist,
The steps are the series 32, two step unit that I got from PPL Motorhomes in Houston. They had the best price by far, and have a great website.
The steps were easy to install. The hardest part on mine was getting the old step unit off. I could not access the bolt heads so I just die-grinded the bolts off from the underside. I drilled 4 new holes for mounting the new unit being carefull to go through the coach step framework.
The electrics just need a "full time" hot wire, an "ignition on" hot wire, and ground. You will also have an "override" switch. I put mine just under the 3 switches in the cabinet next to the door opening. This switch overrides the normal "door close-step up" function. If you are going in and out a lot this lets you just leave the steps out. No matter what position the override switch is in, if the engine is started, the steps will retract when the door is shut.
The original door jam close switch is no longer used. The step comes with a magnetic switch that senses the door closing.
The weather is lousy today, so I will try to get some pictures tomorrow.
Rob
__________________
Robfike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2006, 04:07 PM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
1982 28' Airstream 280
Norfolk , Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 135
Rob,

This is great. I have dealt with PPL before, I ordered a supplemental braking kit for our Toad. (Break Buddy).

One other thing, what is the distance between steps and the ground and the first step? I have a wife that is unable to step real high. I have made a set of wooden steps that I haul around, but to have something attached that would work would be great.

Thanks again for your help.

Steve
__________________
Geophilist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2006, 05:15 PM   #10
4 Rivet Member
 
Robfike's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Speedway , Indiana
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 421
Geophilist,
The distance from the ground to the first step was one of our reasons to switch also. With the two step unit, the first step is only about 9". It's great. The electric unit also has an amber light that illuminates the ground under the steps at night. I wired this lower light into my normal overhead "door" light switch so it will come on when the door light is switched on, or with it's automatic function.
Here are some pictures, I hope this helps.
Rob
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	AS Step mod 001.jpg
Views:	84
Size:	62.5 KB
ID:	26944   Click image for larger version

Name:	AS Step mod 002.jpg
Views:	100
Size:	59.2 KB
ID:	26945  

Click image for larger version

Name:	AS Step mod 003.jpg
Views:	90
Size:	60.9 KB
ID:	26946   Click image for larger version

Name:	AS Step mod 004.jpg
Views:	108
Size:	59.9 KB
ID:	26947  

Click image for larger version

Name:	AS Step mod 005.jpg
Views:	105
Size:	61.6 KB
ID:	26948  
__________________
Robfike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 07:07 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
balrgn's Avatar
 
1974 27' Overlander
1954 26' Romany Cruiser
1960 26' Overlander
Rockingham County , New Hampshire
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 4,410
Images: 74
Send a message via AIM to balrgn Send a message via Yahoo to balrgn
That looks Sweet!
__________________
'74 Overlander (T-O-Bee)
'46 Spartan Manor (Rosie)
'54 Cruiser (Bogart)
'60 Overlander (Hoagy)
2007 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax
WBCCI 1754 - AIR # 6281
www.balrgn.com
balrgn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 07:17 AM   #12
Gunter
 
gunner's Avatar
 
2000 35' Land Yacht XL w/2 slides
Greenville , Ohio
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 329
Thanks for all of the information and pictures.
__________________
Gunter
2000 Land Yacht XL 355
gunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 12:04 PM   #13
3 Rivet Member
 
1982 28' Airstream 280
Norfolk , Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 135
Rob,

The pictures look great and thank you for all of your trouble. It looks like it just might work for us.

The interior of your MoHo looks really nice. I can tell that AS really up-graded from my 82 to your 85. I think that they were really worried about keeping things light and cheap when they built mine.

Thanks again for all your help.

Steve
__________________

__________________
Geophilist is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Entrance Door cooperhawk Airstream Motorhome Forums 4 08-26-2007 05:59 PM
Steps Opening And Closing For No Reason wb13798 Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 22 07-15-2005 07:06 PM
T/T Electric steps anyone? Excella3287 Steps 0 03-05-2003 01:27 PM
Steps Texas Steps 6 10-31-2002 11:50 PM
Outside handel for intrance door Sam Lawhorn Doors & Locks 2 08-20-2002 04:18 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.