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Old 03-19-2019, 09:52 AM   #15
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I had the same exact problem on our first summer with our 2018 Int Serenity. Contacted Can-AM where we bought it and they sent me new parts. In my case the bolt sheered right off. It was a quick fix.

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Old 03-19-2019, 09:57 AM   #16
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Periodic maintenance

My steps have frozen twice. Iíve learned to disassemble and lubricate the joints every six months.
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:19 PM   #17
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I just finished reworking my steps. I spent over $200 in new hardware from Out of Doors. I had 10 bolts that were rusted in place so bad (even after using PB Blaster every day for over two weeks) that some broke off and some refuse to cooperate in any way. I ended up drilling out the 10 and had to re-tap the holes with a 3/8" -16 tap. Not an easy task and not for the impatient!
I ended up burning through over $100 in drill bits (Yes, you read that right!). When it was all done, after over a month of work, I began to think that $650 price tag for a new one was no so bad...

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Old 03-19-2019, 12:34 PM   #18
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entrance step hardware failure

For the life of me (almost literally), I do not understand why Airstream continues to use this step on their higher end trailers. My 2001 Excella had this step (as does my new International). After about 10 years in, the steel out riggers failed. The "Nike" swoop "swoped". That is to say the the hook at the end of the slot rounded over. At least twice, I almost took a tumble when the catch failed as I was going up. If I remember, I took mine apart by unscrewing the posts that ride in the slots (one was loose anyway). The rest of the bolts are hex head. I bought the out riggers from Airstream and they were reasonable. The labor to replace them on the other hand, was about $1800 (all labor). On my new trailer, I have a custom manufactured bracket that a fellow Airstreamer loaned me that rests against the frame and body, and hooks over the back of the lower step. This takes the fulcrum weight off the lower step and saves wear and tear on the step, and possibly your booty. This unit is shaped like an "H" with a welded steel angle iron on one end for the step, and a bolt welded to a piece of round bar. the bolt is adjustable within the longitudinal rod for length, and the round bar engages the joint between frame and lower body panel. This takes all the spring out of that lower step,
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:22 PM   #19
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I was getting impatient with my steps, and tried to find some better replacements. All of the aftermarket steps that I found were much larger, and really wouldn't have fit as nice as the originals. So I lubed 'em up, and try to use them as little as possible. I have a pair of plywood boxes that I built that nest inside each other that are the primary steps. I can't say that this is a perfect solution, as they are kinda flexy, and sometimes rock on uneven ground. I had one of those folding steps things like Mollysdad has, but mine wasn't as nice and a friend went ass-over-teakettle after a camper-lubrication session, so into the trash it went.

It seems like those fastener things that the steps hinge on can be replaced, or if the hole in the arm is out of round or broken, it could be TIG welded?
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Old 03-19-2019, 05:38 PM   #20
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I have a 1977 Overlander that my wife & I purchased this past December. We are in the process of restoring it. I have the exact same problem with the step! I am also looking to learn how to fix it.
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:03 PM   #21
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Someone had replaced one of the bolts holding the steps to the outrigger on my trailer with a standard hex head bolt. Over time the nut loosened and the bolt wallowed out the end of the slot in the outrigger such that it would no longer hold. Following the suggestion of a repair post I found on here I ground out the end of the slot a little and bought the replacement part at the Salem rally from the Airstream booth. IIRC it was around $4. I had to bend out the bottom of the slot where it changed directions into the lock position to get the shoulder head bolt in and then beat it back into place.


I didn't go to the ODM web page, but an alternative might be found here:
https://www.mcmaster.com/shoulder-screws.

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I had to file the lock slot profile and replace the arm stud with a hardened bolt that I removed the threads from where it locks in the slot,(threads would just hasten ware)....POI, keep everything well lubricated.

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Old 03-19-2019, 06:51 PM   #22
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Can you please post some pictures of this modification?

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On my new trailer, I have a custom manufactured bracket that a fellow Airstreamer loaned me that rests against the frame and body, and hooks over the back of the lower step. This takes the fulcrum weight off the lower step and saves wear and tear on the step, and possibly your booty. This unit is shaped like an "H" with a welded steel angle iron on one end for the step, and a bolt welded to a piece of round bar. the bolt is adjustable within the longitudinal rod for length, and the round bar engages the joint between frame and lower body panel. This takes all the spring out of that lower step,Andrew, K6STN
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:48 AM   #23
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On my dad's 89 excella, the corner of the swoosh rounded off and steps would not lock into place. He ordered new outriggers but before replacing them he took the trailer to a welder who built up the corner and then took a die grinder to square up like new. Worked for years until he sold it. Still has the new ones in the shed.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:02 AM   #24
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I had to work on mine some when I got the trailer 81 Excella II. They work fine now. Looks like you could remove the lower step and rob parts off it to fix the upper step at least till you can get parts.



Here is a post I made a while back and they have worked since then.



http://www.airforums.com/forums/f475...one-92563.html




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Old 03-21-2019, 12:28 PM   #25
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This morning I managed to totally disassemble the steps. A few of the allen type bolts worked loose, but most of the hardware was rusted to the point where a dremel cutting wheel, vice grips and heat were required to remove them. I only had to drill one large bolt and used an easy-out and more heat to remove it. Two of the smaller bolts also required drilling. All the threads in the treads looked fine and were chased easily. I plan to order all the replacement hardware and reassemble (which should be a heck of lot easier than the disassembly).

I am considering using anti-seize on the hardware, in an effort to avoid future corrosion, and include a more detailed inspection of the hardware in my yearly preventative maintenance program, as well as torque checks every time I set up camp. Any comments or suggestions?

I rarely deploy the lower step, but when I do, I have a large block of wood which fits snug between the step and the ground. I'll speak to my machinist neighbor about fabricating an H bar type support.
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:22 PM   #26
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Thanks for the replies.

So I looked at the Out of Doors parts page and found the necessary hardware.

Cost to replace all hardware, $292.40 for 16 points of contact.

Has anyone found a more reasonable solution? I will be visiting my favorite hardware store later today.
You want to lube those points every 60 days or so.

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Old 03-22-2019, 03:16 PM   #27
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Can you please post some pictures of this modification?
step stabilizer bar info here

http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...oducts_id=1514
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:37 PM   #28
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I had a Torklift GlowStep, Revolution, installed in JC. They are a definite upgrade from the original steps. Very sturdy and adjustable for different terrains. They contact the ground so, no diving board effect when using them. I believe they make a special step system for Airstreams, so easy fit too. Here is a link for the Glowstep Revolution.



https://torkliftcentral.com/rving-an...iAAEgJU5vD_BwE
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