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Old 07-30-2002, 07:34 AM   #1
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Folding step trouble, 1977 31' Sovereign

Hello everyone!
I'm new to this forum and sorta new to Airstreams...I've got a pretty nice '77 31 ft. rear bath twin Sovereign that I bought about 4 years ago, and now I'm finally starting to actually use it! I've developed a problem with the folding step...it seems that one side won't "lock" in the open position anymore. It looks like the "tang" cut into the metal beam of the trailer has perhaps worn and won't engage the step mechanism anymore. Has anyone had this problem and come up with a fix for it?
Thanks for any help.....
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:56 AM   #2
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You can replace the footstep outriggers or, add some weld to the worn area, and carefully file a new slot. Make sure however, that the step has not been tweaked out of alignment by being hit or bent.

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Old 08-15-2002, 08:13 PM   #3
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I have the same problem on my '76 22' Globe Trotter. What are 'outriggers'??? I don't really want to try welding this.
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The welding was easy....a buddy came over with his portable 110v wire welder and added just a bit of weld to both sides...took about 5 minutes...a tiny bit of filing with a rat tail file and it's as good as new. I also lubricated the slide area this time with some wheel bearing grease. Works perfect...
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Old 08-16-2002, 01:11 PM   #5
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My step is in good shape but I decided to keep it tucked under the trailer and use an aluminum step from Camping World which has a wider area. It has worked fine so far and is easy to pick up and throw in the trailer when packing up.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:48 PM   #6
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all I have a 1972 argosy and real good steps and have had them down for a while as I restored the trailer and had painted the steps . Not sure how they fold back to lock in position , does any one have step by step photos of the closing of the steps it would be most helpful . . Need help as getting ready to tow the trailer ,
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
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Your profile says "1978" but your comment is about a "1972". We have a 1979 so your steps may be different. Once they are out, if you have the 2nd step down, pick the front of the step up pushing the 2 folding arms on each side inward. Fold it so that the front of the 2nd step hits the front of the 1st step. Then reach under for the back of the 2nd step and flip it up and over the front of the 1st step. It should lay flat on the 1st step rightside up. Then, pick up the 1st step slightly on the front and push it toward the trailer. They will slide in a curved motion, back toward the trailer and then upward to the lock. Once the steps are in closed position, the lock should set down on top of the step to hold in place. Below are 2 photos of ours in closed and open position to see if yours are the same type.



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Thank you so much the for the photos and you explained it to the T , they colsed just like you said. I had painted them so I added a little oil and after a while they just folded as you said . Thanks Again take care , you Air Stream people are just so helpful when the need is their .
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If your aluminum bottom step develops a downward tip, sometimes if too much weight is put on it, there is a step brace that is available that stabilizes both steps. I have one and now we can use our bottom step with confidence.

We use ours on our 1990 Excella 29'
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Brace?

Where can I find this brace you are referencing? Does it hinder the folding or stowing of the steps as originally designed?

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I was able to simply re file (very carefully) the cut out which on my Argosy had become sort of peened over and worn smooth. I don't think it is often possible though, generally you would need to add some weld material onto the existing metal and then file it to fit right.

A friend has one in which the outrigger is rusted and the metal is gone. To fix his we would need to put a new outrigger in place.
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I make a good stiffner/brace. PM me if you're interested. John
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I have some step braces that fit my 1990 Excella, and I suspect that the aluminum steps don't change much over the years. If you need one contact me off line at dcasr@bellsouth.net. I have my own that came with my Excella from a PO and I was afraid that I might lose mine so I had a machine shop make copies of mine, and now I can't tell the difference. If you need one contact me off line.
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The bottom step just rolls up and lays on the top step, just lift up on the front of the bottom step and roll it toward the trailer then roll it again until it lays flat to the top step. Then just operate the release lever and push the step up and back until it locks into place.
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