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Old 06-14-2018, 06:35 AM   #1
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Double Step Issue - Help Please

I just replaced the RH side bolt kit on my 89 Excella double step. I did it exactly as the opposite side and per the pic attached ( "K" where it attaches to the front of the top step).



However, for the life of me, I cannot get the bottom step to fold down as it did before.


Seems to want to come down upside down.


Any clues as to what I did wrong, or have I just forgotten how to lower it?
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:49 AM   #2
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I just replaced the RH side bolt kit on my 89 Excella double step. I did it exactly as the opposite side and per the pic attached ( "K" where it attaches to the front of the top step).



However, for the life of me, I cannot get the bottom step to fold down as it did before.


Seems to want to come down upside down.


Any clues as to what I did wrong, or have I just forgotten how to lower it?
You have forgotten how to unfold. Push the lower step struts inward, flip lower step forward edge to forward edge of the tip step. Continue to flip lower step on top of upper step.
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:13 AM   #3
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:19 AM   #4
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Got It

Never mind my stupidity.

Had it installed correctly, just forgot how to properly lower it.
Old timer's disease creeping up on me!
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:42 AM   #5
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The step is designed as an IQ test with the additional feature that it can cut off a finger if you get it wrong.
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:06 AM   #6
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Hm. Like that aluminum folding step design a LOT better than the cheapo steel one I have now.

Does anyone have the part number of the whole assembly, and know if it is easy to replace the old one with the new aluminum one?

I'm tired of the old steel one binding, snagging on things, and being a general PITA to use...and it does not lock closed, either...

And, don't worry, frjeff, getting confused seems to be a way of life nowadays--too much stuff to remember!!!
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:22 PM   #7
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Double step

The double step from Airstream retails for $650. We have a problem with the step, if you step on the right side of the step it tries to collapse. No way to repair without getting inside the belly pan. Next week to the shop.
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:27 PM   #8
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Out of doors mart has al. steps and parts.
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:32 PM   #9
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We have one of each style on our trailers and love the Excella's aluminum step and hate the FC's steel piece of junk, can't believe they put those on an Airstream.
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aluminum step

When I purchased my 75 International it only had the top step. So I purchased all the parts and a bottom step. Costing about $400. what the parts diagram doesn't tell you is that you should probably use Lock-tight on most all of the screws as constantly flipping the bottom stair causes the screws to back off and then during travels you loose the difficult to replace allen head screws and end up taking off the bottom step so you don't bend or damage it. The step will be very stiff at first but then will act correctly after a few flips and then vibration alone will not be enough to lose any parts.
As far as the metal steps go, I had found out from the dealer that on newer AS under 25 foot they cheap out and use metal steps that rust out just like any car. However if you spend more on a larger unit , one of the perks is that they come with the beautiful aluminum 2 step.
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I have the aluminum two part step and it works fine.
But I still prefer a step placed on the ground.
While traveling I turn it upside down and put it right inside the door so it's ready to use.
I release the AS step and leave it folded as the second step.
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:24 AM   #12
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Gadget for under the lower step

We have the double step,but there is a very high load on the system when one places one's weight on the bottom step. This issue is avoided, and the lower step feels much firmer, if one fits the height-adjustable gadget that slides in the grooves under the lower step and reaches the ground:
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We usually fit a piece of 6x2 under the base of the gadget to spread the load if we're on soft earth.
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Hm. Like that aluminum folding step design a LOT better than the cheapo steel one I have now.

Does anyone have the part number of the whole assembly, and know if it is easy to replace the old one with the new aluminum one?

I'm tired of the old steel one binding, snagging on things, and being a general PITA to use...and it does not lock closed, either...

And, don't worry, frjeff, getting confused seems to be a way of life nowadays--too much stuff to remember!!!
The opening for your metal step is wider than the aluminum step so you will see some gap on the sides if you go to the folding aluminum step .
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Alternative for built in steps

We abandoned our built in steps many years ago. We constantly had issues with them. We recommend not using the Airstream double step.

We use a 20" high, 23" wide, welded aluminum stationary step that is ANSI and OSHA approved. This is solid Welded Aluminum Step with Camco Wrap Around Step Rug. This works perfectly with our 30' Classic



Our step is > 10 years old, and it is perhaps our best trailer accessory.

At 13 lbs., it much lighter weight than a steel alternative. It is much easier to deploy and store than the built in steps. Cleaning is simple. It sits just inside the door during transit.

Most importantly, our beagle is comfortable using the step.

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