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Old 03-21-2004, 05:40 PM   #29
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Old 01-17-2005, 09:08 AM   #30
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The step you have was used through 1969. At least some (if not all) Airstreams were built with the aluminum 'flip step' starting in 1970.
...If someone on the forum has one that could be photographed, and maybe even measured, it should be an easy job for an experienced welder to replicate.
I have been fortunate enough to acquire one of Airstream's second steps. In an effort to help others who want to make their own step, a web page is currently under development. Your thoughts on any key information I have omitted would be most welcome.

Does anyone know when Airstream started using this particular step? While I personally do not weld pretty enough to make these steps for anyone else, there is a vendor interested in marketing a reproduction if enough people are interested in purchasing the step.

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Old 01-17-2005, 12:48 PM   #31
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Personally, I prefer the convenience of just using a heavy duty Rubbermaid stool as an extra step. It's much easier to store and sometimes comes in handy for reaching higher areas of the trailer when washing, etc. And no sharp edges for silver suz to bump her shins on.
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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.
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