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Old 02-13-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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Newbie , first post. We looked in to updating the front steps to the 2014 ones but parts were going to be aprox $1300 shipped to our door. We were only going to gain aprox 2 1/2". I decided to do the mods myself. I used 1 1/4"x 4"x 24" aluminum plate. Modified existing brackets with steel plate.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:38 PM   #3
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:09 PM   #4
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Are you saying the plate is 1 ╝" thick?
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:16 PM   #5
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:47 PM   #6
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Newbie , first post. We looked in to updating the front steps to the 2014 ones but parts were going to be aprox $1300 shipped to our door. We were only going to gain aprox 2 1/2". I decided to do the mods myself. I used 1 1/4"x 4"x 24" aluminum plate. Modified existing brackets with steel plate.
Not bad! My 2012 not only has narrow steps, but also very flimsy ones. Given that I've had three surgeries on my left foot (one for broken bones, two as followups to remove infected tissue after the incisions from the first got infected with MRSA) I consider the wider steps a medical necessity. Before anyone asks, the surgeries were years before I bought my Interstate; I didn't break my foot on the steps. If I had, I'd own a large chunk of Thor Industries now after the lawsuit.

But despite being an engineer, I'm much better at designing things than building them. When it comes to handyman projects, I'm worse than all thumbs, I'm all toes! Plus as an apartment dweller, I'm not exactly equipped with anyplace to do the work.

I'll probably pay the $1300 or so for the parts, and have my favorite Airstream dealer install them, so I know the job's done right. All I have to do is find the right part numbers, and I'll be placing the order. Since you had already gotten a quote for the parts, I assume you have the part numbers?
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:22 PM   #7
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We're currently in Tucson till Saturday and I'll post the part numbers when we're back in Yuma,AZ.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:32 PM   #8
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Great job on the step. Like Protag, we are also not that handy, so might consider paying for the mod too.
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Newbie , first post. We looked in to updating the front steps to the 2014 ones but parts were going to be aprox $1300 shipped to our door. We were only going to gain aprox 2 1/2". I decided to do the mods myself. I used 1 1/4"x 4"x 24" aluminum plate. Modified existing brackets with steel plate.

Welcome to the forum and nice job Ronjan! I think there's a business opportunity here for you. Thoughts?
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:55 PM   #10
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Nice solution! Looks super sturdy.

How heavy is that 1.25" thick plate?

Also mulling over DIY step solutions vs buying the bolt on pieces from AS for mucho bux.
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I ordered the aluminum from "Cut2SizeMetals.com. I ordered 2) 1-1/4" x 4 x 24". I think shipping weight was 23# for both. After cutting angles and milling they were aprox 9# each. You can jump up and down without any movement. The key is the extra mounting supports and plate reinforcements. If you order the aluminum make sure to order the machinable grade. Shipped to my door in Yuma, AZ was 206.00 $ . Had less than 400.00 $ in material & machine labor.
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Ronjan, do you have any images of how you attached the new steps to the modified bracket itself?

Protagonist, did your airstream dealer indicate that the 2014.5 steps were a direct bolt in replacement for our narrower units? Reason I ask is that my AS dealer said that they would not fit due to changes to the Sprinter chassis itself. Im not convinced the changes underneath are significant.

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Protagonist, did your airstream dealer indicate that the 2014.5 steps were a direct bolt in replacement for our narrower units?
Didn't say one way or the other. I haven't gone ahead with the mod yet. The mod isn't nearly as important as going camping, so as long as I have trips planned, I'm not putting my Interstate in the shop for anything that's non-essential. Maybe next winterů
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