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Old 10-17-2016, 05:52 AM   #589
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Nothing beats camping in the fall. It's the greatest time of year.If I wasn't out of vacation time I'd be out too. Jealous to say the least.
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:26 AM   #590
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Love the way our Classics look at night with lights glowing inside. As the list of "must do" items on the rig gets smaller, it gives us a chance to really enjoy staying in the 310 and using it as intended. It is such a comfy rig..I found myself saying "man I love this rig" time after time this weekend.
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:38 AM   #591
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We're heading up here tomorrow for a couple days.

http://www.wildernessstatepark.net/

This is a great time to camp.
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Old 10-17-2016, 06:56 AM   #592
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That looks gorgeous Dave. Thats WAY up there! Looks like there are sites on or near the water. Good to hear that things have settled enough for you guys to get away and enjoy!
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:51 AM   #593
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Nice park Mike. Just you and the wildlife.
Your lanai setup look neat at night.

Tell Lynn folks are standing by for her virtual retirement party.🎉🎊

Cheers Richard
Lynn loved this one Richard!
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:28 PM   #594
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Good for you and lynn!
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Old 10-25-2016, 11:02 AM   #595
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MY FURNACE ISNT WORKING!!!! (just kidding, that time of year on the forums though)

The OEM fold out step was 11.5" from step to stair well, thats one heck of a step up. Walking "down" has become a bigger problem than stepping up, Lynn has almost bit it a couple of times while exiting with her hands full. No bueno to say the least. Ive contemplated installing the electric double step but not ready to make that commitment yet. Sooooo, being a carpenter, I think in wood, not metal like so many of you guys that I envy your metal skills. I added an 1.5" x 8" to the top of the fold out step tread and its made a really big difference in comfort.

I used treated lumber and kerfed out 3/4" of wood on the back side, leaving a perimeter for fastening. I wanted to reduce the weight of the wood and the wear and tear on the mechanism. Id say it reduced the weight by 1/3 or so. I laminated sheet aluminum to the top side which gave the adhesive "no slip tread" a good surface to stick to. Then trimmed it in 1/2" x 3/4" aluminum angle. Turned out pretty good, doesnt look too bad. Very little of the wood is exposed. Boy, that inch and a half makes a world of difference in entering and exiting the rig. Plus, mamma happy!!!!!!

We always use a supplemental step on the ground so no worries about increasing the height of the fold out step.

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Old 10-26-2016, 08:23 AM   #596
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Nice job Mike. It's little tweaks like this that make all the difference. There will be thousands of trips up and down those steps and that 1-1/2" will add up to miles.
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:24 AM   #597
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When you make the decision to upgrade, keep an eye on PPL. They often run sales on Kwikee steps with free shipping.

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...tric-steps.htm
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:56 AM   #598
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Nice job Mike. It's little tweaks like this that make all the difference. There will be thousands of trips up and down those steps and that 1-1/2" will add up to miles.

No doubt Lance. Plus my daughter, 7 months preggers, and her hubby are visiting for a few days here starting tonight. They want to stay out in the rig, she just loves it. Thought I better get that done before they get here, was going to do something anyway but their visit gave me a kick in the rear to proceed. Heck, Im not sure if she can even SEE her feet at this point! Once the treated wood drys out completely Ill paint whats still exposed. There is a one inch strip along the front of the tread that is exposed, not much.
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:59 AM   #599
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When you make the decision to upgrade, keep an eye on PPL. They often run sales on Kwikee steps with free shipping.

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...tric-steps.htm
Have you installed those before Dave? Im pretty sure Ill eventually go down that road.
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Have you installed those before Dave? Im pretty sure Ill eventually go down that road.
John installed a set on his 325. If I remember correctly the biggest trouble he had, was to change the door switch, as the steps will close when the door is open and extend when the door is closed when motor is running. When the motor is off, steps will stay retracted, so you have to change the OEM switch from open to close, or the other way around.

I have too thought of mucking with my step as the first step is a doozy and is so bloody short in thread depth that Gabby has taken a couple of falls. We also have steps that I built to help out below. Too many other things higher up on the list.

Nice work Mike.

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Have you installed those before Dave? Im pretty sure Ill eventually go down that road.

It was the first project if did when I got it home. The door switch was the wrong sex. Normally closed when the magnet is present or away? Seemed to have confuse the factory on the originally too. They had reversed the motor wires to make it go up when the controller was telling it to go down. The mechanical installation was a piece of cake. Got it done and powered it up and nothing happened except the step light came on. Closed the door and the step came down. Opened the door and the step retracted. Cruel joke! Took a while to track that one down. Just replace the door switch with the one supplied with the step. The original step was beat to death because the safety didn't work correctly with the motor polarity reversed. You had to close the door and turn off the switch to keep it retracted. The second owner had beat it to death running it into curbs. It has been beat straight and welded. The gearbox was also stripped.

I'd suggest soldering and shrink wrapping the wires as they are exposed to the road crud. I despise those crimp on connectors with the plastic insulation. I use bare ones with the proper factory crimping die and shrink wrap them.

Being new to the motorhomes scene, I took it the a local shop. Got a quote of $1250 and 2 weeks. Figured I'd use a box for a step. Typed Kwikee on google and PPL popped up with them on sale for $275 with free shipping.
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It was the first project if did when I got it home. The door switch was the wrong sex. Normally closed when the magnet is present or away? Seemed to have confuse the factory on the originally too. They had reversed the motor wires to make it go up when the controller was telling it to go down. The mechanical installation was a piece of cake. Got it done and powered it up and nothing happened except the step light came on. Closed the door and the step came down. Opened the door and the step retracted. Cruel joke! Took a while to track that one down. Just replace the door switch with the one supplied with the step. The original step was beat to death because the safety didn't work correctly with the motor polarity reversed. You had to close the door and turn off the switch to keep it retracted. The second owner had beat it to death running it into curbs. It has been beat straight and welded. The gearbox was also stripped.

I'd suggest soldering and shrink wrapping the wires as they are exposed to the road crud. I despise those crimp on connectors with the plastic insulation. I use bare ones with the proper factory crimping die and shrink wrap them.
Kinda reminds me of the door hinges being labeled incorrectly. Cruel joke!!
It sounds like the Kwikee brand has the hold on that market? Ill get to them eventually, they look so much safer and easier to enter/exit the rig. Thanks for the information Dave. Your trip north near the lake looked like it was going to be beautiful!
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