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Old 10-04-2015, 10:34 PM   #15
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I think grounding my steel step and bending them was the best thing to happen to me. Let me explain. After unbolting the steps and bending them back to it's normal shape (a relatively easy process) I noticed a fair amount of rust starting on the underside of the steps and outriggers. The rust was in a location that would be very difficult to see when they were bolted on the AS, but unbolted and turned upside-down, it was easy to see. Mind you, we have only owned our AS for five months, so I'm a bit rust-phobic about my new AS. I was able to do a little grinding/sanding and painted all of the bare metal and rust spots with black Rust Bullet. For those who are unfamiliar with this expensive paint, it will stop rust like crazy. The paint is extremely tenacious and sticks to anything. Just don't get it on your hands because it's very difficult to get off. It's also best not to get this paint on the rim of the can it comes in or it will seal the lid shut. That's why it's best to buy this stuff in numerous small cans rather than a big can. At any rate, it stops rust. Now after bolting the steps back on, they should last longer.
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Old 10-04-2015, 11:42 PM   #16
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I once thought the same thing for my 2009 27FB......until I priced the aluminum steps. As I recall, they were over $1,000 as a replacement part from AS.


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Old 10-05-2015, 12:23 AM   #17
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This outfit sells replacement aluminum treads (AirTreads) that use the stock stair mechanism. They're gorgeous. No idea how much they cost.

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I just sent an email to them to see what the price is...I will let you know as soon as I find out.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:35 PM   #18
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Try sourcing the steps from someone other than Airstream.
My recent 16" wheel/tire upgrade was less than 1/2 the Airstream price sourced elsewhere.
The stainless upgrades/covers for water heater, furnace, etc. are less sourced outside of Airstream.


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Old 02-10-2016, 06:16 PM   #19
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I am resurrecting this post to discuss my step replacement project, since it was suggested others may find it interesting.

I installed a lift kit on our 19' Bambi and though the gain in frame clearance was positive, the one-step was just too high for our dog, and sometimes for us. So I installed a Lippert Tread Lite manual pull-out double aluminum step.

The quality of the step frame and the wide platform is so much better than the stock step The stock step by comparison just looks cheap and flimsy. See the picture below of the new step along side of the stock step. it just looks more substantial.

It took some backyard engineering to fabricate the brackets to tie it in to the trailer frame, but I just used 1/8 and 1/4 brackets that come in various lengths and shapes from ACE hardware. I did not have to do any welding, aside from the fact that I do not know how to weld and do not own a welder. I did have to do some drilling and cutting of the pieces, but no bending.

This order was placed directly with Lippert.

When we purchased our 23FB, it came with a two-step, but just did not look good. I was now used to the Lippert and ordered one from etrailer. Cost was the same at $258.00. It is Part No. LC333969.

I have not installed this one yet, and the install is more complicated than the Bambi. It may be due to the rear door configuration. It looks like I will need to trip off about 1/4" of the belly pan. The Lippert is 24" wide, but the stock step is just a fraction less. Why can't this be standardized????

At any rate, the aluminum step was one of the better upgrades to our Bambi, right up there with the lift kit and conversion to LifeLine 6v batteries.

I hope this is helpful to anyone considering a step replacement. And I don't mind if this thread goes off topic at some point. I always find the discussions interesting.

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Ok off subject- how did you lift your trailer and how high. Curious minds want to know😄
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:21 PM   #21
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I'm not a fan of the generic SOB steel steps on the most expensive trailer on the road. It is cheap and looks cheap (just like plastic and steel covers instead of chromed or stainless) on trailers with rear entry doors is a dragging accident waiting to happen with the steel frame of the steps hanging under the frame. The aluminum steps used for the last 40 years still are the most functional, good looking and practical in my opinion.


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Old 02-14-2016, 03:22 PM   #22
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Ok off subject- how did you lift your trailer and how high. Curious minds want to know��
I used the Dexter lift kit and installed it myself. Not particularly complicated but it was hard work tightening the bolts to proper torque.

Added 3" of lift as measured from the ground to the bottom edge of the wheel well. Increased from 24" to 27". Note that I have 16" wheels.

Below is picture of the lift bracket installed. there is a recent thread on this. Search Dexter lift.
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Old 06-05-2016, 11:17 AM   #23
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You mention SS panel upgrades are available outside of Airstream. I just ordered a 2017 International Serenity 27FB last week with these, which cost about 900 installed. Where did you find them outside of the mother ship store?
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Old 06-05-2016, 03:21 PM   #25
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Just saw the Aluminum Airstream steps at Jackson Center Service Center priced at $499.00
Very nice but we are not ready to replace our 2014 steel steps.
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is this the same stuff you saw..??

http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...roducts_id=204

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Just saw the Aluminum Airstream steps at Jackson Center Service Center priced at $499.00
Very nice but we are not ready to replace our 2014 steel steps.
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I agree the steel steps do look cheap
and take away from the unique styling of Airstream. But, those SOB steel steps can be upgraded to be electric automatic steps.


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You mention SS panel upgrades are available outside of Airstream. I just ordered a 2017 International Serenity 27FB last week with these, which cost about 900 installed. Where did you find them outside of the mother ship store?
At this time I cannot find them online any less expensive than from Airstream.
For example, the stainless steel furnace cover is $123.95 no matter where you buy it- same price as Airstream store. I saw some online for about $100 each about 4 years ago. I cannot find them now. Airstream Supply and Ebay are the exact same price as Airstream.
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