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Old 02-10-2014, 06:29 PM   #1
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Repair of poor front step bracket

The first week I climbed into the driver side and popped the fiberglass lower step loose from the front mounting location. So we removed the front step bracket and determined that it really had no strong support the way it was created and mounted. We welded in a “gusset” and sprayed it with galvanized paint and replaced it. Had to use a larger metal screw in the front as the one that pulled loose was stripped. Removed passenger side and did the same.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:07 AM   #2
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Looks like a great fix. Got any left over gussets?
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:01 AM   #3
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I'm still debating a retrofit of the newer front steps instead, which are both wider and better-supported than the ones that came on my 2012. Here's a picture of a 2014 model with the wider steps:http://rvshoponline.com/images/uploa...ICT0268_40.JPG
Improving the support of my existing front steps won't make them any less of an ankle-breaker.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:53 AM   #4
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What I don't know about the "new step" is whether they improved the front bracket or not. Probably didn't based upon what I am learning from Airstream. I've communicated my concerns and thoughts about improvements to their state and it falls on deaf ears.

For instance I sent them pics of my bathroom door lock and asked about the striker portion not latching when closed. They could not follow my comments and pictures. So I took it apart and found they had actually installed the door latch backwards. They still did not believe me.But now the door latches and stays closed when in motion. The only thing is I had to make a small metal "pride-probe" in case someone did lock the door from the inside and could not unlock it. Much like household interior door locks that have a small hole in the handle where one sticks in a metal pride to unlock it.
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What I don't know about the "new step" is whether they improved the front bracket or not.
Last time I was at Foley RV (AKA "Airstream of Mississippi") I laid down on my belly there in the parking lot and looked underneath one of the Interstates with the new step. The support brackets are completely different, and much more stable. I was able to step onto the step with my whole foot on the step, and bounce up and down on it. It didn't even flex. Significant improvement especially considering my own excessive avoirdupois.

In fact, the brackets being so different are one reason why I'm still debating the replacement instead of just going ahead and doing it. I need to go back to Foley with a camera, and get pictures of the new brackets, and compare them to what's under mine, to see the extent of the required underbody modifications.
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Protag,
Keep us all posted on your progress re the upgraded front step. That's one retrofit I'm very interested in because I'm tired of hearing my wife complain about the 'useless' step on my 2011 Interstate.
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