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Old 07-03-2005, 02:08 PM   #15
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Well check off one of the 2do's.... Went to the now abandoned original Wal-Mart store, hooked the com-a-long to the concrete ballard out front and took some time with an educated hammer to re-twist my steps.

They still did not retract all the way!!??... took a little time to look at all the system and then looked at the label on the top step.... Lubrication works wonders. Used a little WD40 and now I have a fully retracting set of steps.

Now just need to sand the rust off and repaint and find new no slip treads to complete the job.

Moving to the A/S shop this week for the roof a/c fitment and then the generator install... ever closer to getting on the road.
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Old 07-03-2005, 06:43 PM   #16
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since the wd-40 won't last too long on an outside app , you might try something like spray on lithium grease, it will help keep the steps operating.
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Thanks for the advise Alan. I only had WD40 on hand and thought I'd give it a try... maybe the Kwikee label said every 30 days thinking folks only had WD40 to work with?? Once I get these things painted they'll get a good dose of lithium...er grease. Maybe I'll need the lithium??
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Old 07-04-2005, 11:03 AM   #18
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A com-along belongs in all of our toolboxes. I inherited one from my father and never used it until I got my first Airstream. I have since used to for straightening the bumper to reshaping the doors in both my trailer and motorhome.

You sound like you are just about ready to roll, Glen.
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Chaplain- you pulled the bumpoer out with the come a long? Mine has the vertical overrider on one side a bit bent back, I haven't tried that, although thought about it...worried I might pull too hard and snap it off.
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Now just need to sand the rust off and repaint and find new no slip treads to complete the job.
Non-slip tread pads for your steps are available from the Airstream factory store. I paid $5/each for mine.
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Yes I used the come-along for the bumper. Since I do have a penchance for overworking or overstraightening, I was careful that I did not take it too far. I could come out anither inch or so but am afraid to pull too hard.
We need to have a classic motorhome rally so we can all show off our stories.
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I got My step pads at Canmping World. I can't recall how much.
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