I'm glad y'all revived this thread -- missed it the first time around. Interesting hearing that MILLIONAIRE
-oriented Airstream discontinued steel steps so long ago. My '76 Argosy still had the steel steps -- probably in the name of holding down price for those 'family affordable' trailers. For so many other rust issues on my trailer, the original paint has held up quite well. Yes, the lower step swings and this gives me a few great ideas -- Thanks!!
TomW -- Looked at your website. Good idea on the chip blower. I've also been made miserable by working cedar. I can't go into a sauna or any area with heated cedar any more. An MD friend of mine researched this -- there is a toxin in western red that damages respiratory passages once the individual is sensitized (kinda like poison ivy doesn't get you the first time...). It can lead to lung damage and asthma not too far down the road. I've found that paint spray respirators
with the organic vapor element works wonders.