The pivot bar on our folding steps supports a substantial amount of weight and it sheered off on the right side causing my steps to sag and flex.
You can get new steps shipped to your door for about $130 and they're a simple replacement. I chose the newer "radius" model with the curve to the steps as seen on the 2009 and up Flying Clouds and Internationals.
Removal of the old steps is as simple as removing the four 9/16 inch bolts.
Here you can see the old compared to the new.
Removing the steps alerted me to the fact that the outriggers on my frame are already rusting. I'm not very happy about that.
I used the original bolts to reattach the steps because they were longer than the ones included with the new steps. The holes line up perfectly and you don't need any of the extra parts that shipped with the new steps. It's a 15 minute job.
The curve in the radius steps makes a huge difference in the amount of space you have to place your foot when stepping out of the Airstream. I couldn't believe the difference. I wish I had taken before-after photos looking down from the door.
The new steps stick out just a tiny bit more than the old ones when folded. Another difference is that they're black instead of gray. Other than that, it's an easy job to tackle if your steps break or you want to upgrade to the newer radius steps. I'm very pleased with the results. I hope this guide helps.