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Old 01-10-2013, 08:25 PM   #15
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I also like the approch Don used with his boxes, and may do the same. The bottom step of my '99 is also an iffy thing. It doesn't collapse, but the slots are worn and sometimes it slips out of position. I use a step stool which is the same height as the bottom step when deployed, and only use the upper. Not really the ideal solution.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #16
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Looks like I was out in left field with my #2 post. Sorry about that. My erroneous post was based on the problem being identified and interpreted by me as being the surface and not the structure.

Now that I realize that it is a structural issue that reminds me of something. I went to Springsteam in 2011 and there was a rally goer there that has designed and I believe makes and sells a silver brace (out of wood) that may prevent the steps from collapsing or sagging.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:14 PM   #17
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The actual Airstream steps on my 1976 31' Sovereign still work great, but like you I wanted something that would be easier for my wife and dogs to get in and out of the trailer. So I built a set of two steps that consist of two 1/4 plywood boxes. The smaller one sets on top of the larger one and serves as the top step. The width is a little wider than the door and the depth is sufficient to provide a good secure area to step and stand on as you enter or exit the trailer. Th e boxes are trimmed and painted to match the black roll on the bottom of the outside skin of the Airstream. Two heavy duty rubber mats are cut to fit the step surface for good traction. The top step is secured to the bottom step by means of small pins installed in the right and left side bottom edge that light up with holes drilled in the bottom step so that it stays in place and won't move. I have also installed front and side low voltage deck lights that are controlled by a timer built in to the lower box and then plugged in to the shore power 110V plug.

The boxes are light weigh enough to store while traveling just inside the door and sit on the two rubber mats so they won't slide and scratch my floor. I then store other small items in the boxes to be available when I park again. Its a simple task to take the boxes out and set up my steps in just a few minutes. My wife and dogs are so pleased to be able to get in and out of the trailer without worrying about falling. Not High Tech, but they work, look good and serve as storage when not in use

These steps do not cover the actual Airstream steps since I leave them in the stowed position.

I have attached a picture to show how they look and you can click on picture to zoom in.

Hope this helps.

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I have no idea why I didn't think of leaving the steps puts away. Some things are so apparent but you don't notice until someone points it out! Thank you!

You all have been very helpful. I'd love to see more photos!
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:17 PM   #18
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Looks like I was out in left field with my #2 post. Sorry about that. My erroneous post was based on the problem being identified and interpreted by me as being the surface and not the structure.

Now that I realize that it is a structural issue that reminds me of something. I went to Springsteam in 2011 and there was a rally goer there that has designed and I believe makes and sells a silver brace (out of wood) that may prevent the steps from collapsing or sagging.

Dan
It's okay, I have been guilty of focusing to highly on aesthetic at times. I do intend on making them eye-pleasing but I do feel they are necessity for my family full timing in all climates. I'm so thankful the rain is over this week and the steps have become one of my priorities.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:18 PM   #19
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I like your idea! What did you use for framing? 2X2's or 1X2's?
My pyrenees travels with us! Does yours travel with you? So beautiful!
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I like your idea! What did you use for framing? 2X2's or 1X2's?
I used 2x2 treated. But you could also use a 1x2 or rip it down to a 1x1 I would guess. The 1/4" plywood treated would give you the support when all is built out. I did run a couple of 2/2 spaced front to back on the bottom step for extra support when you step on it. Also you may be able to see in the picture that I ran a trim board all the way around on the bottom step just to give it a little extra width and contact with the ground or slab as the case may be. Just in case the parking area is not level I take a couple of short 2x4 sections with me to place under the bottom step as needed. I also put a small thin piece of trim along the top edge of each step that sticks up about 1/8" above the top surface of each step. This holds the rubber mats in place. The top step also rest up up against this trim along the back edge and side which along with the pins that I mentioned previously hold the top step in place. It a simple project just two boxes one sitting on top of the other and then add other touches as you need.


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My pyrenees travels with us! Does yours travel with you? So beautiful!
Since we have 6 they do not travel with us. They go to "Aunt Jillian's"( a climate controlled kennel) and the LOVE the A/C! My biggest is 160# and the smallest is a Border Collie/Pyr mix that goes 75#.

They are wonderful dogs. the one in my avataris my oldest at 12yo.

Nice to see another pyr owner here.
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Since we have 6 they do not travel with us. They go to "Aunt Jillian's"( a climate controlled kennel) and the LOVE the A/C! My biggest is 160# and the smallest is a Border Collie/Pyr mix that goes 75#.

They are wonderful dogs. the one in my avataris my oldest at 12yo.

Nice to see another pyr owner here.
I think that ours is a collie mix. I'm DNA testing soon just for my own curiosity, also potential health risks. We just call her our "pocket" since we don't know. I'm quite smitten with her.
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I think that ours is a collie mix. I'm DNA testing soon just for my own curiosity, also potential health risks. We just call her our "pocket" since we don't know. I'm quite smitten with her.
Send a picture?
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I don't know how to on PM from iPad. I hope it's okay I do it here since its slightly off topic.
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Well I Guess this Thread Has be Hijacked

I guess we are done here.
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Not really hijacked, just got off topic a bit and I take the blame. Shehanigans, I will PM you with further dog discussions so the thread can get back on track and not offend anyone.
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I think that's a bit dramatic. I basically apologized for not knowing how to PM it.
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I guess if it's Shenanigans' thread, Shenanigans can hijack it, right? C'mon back Alumaholic :-)

I must be seeing things but didn't Adonh publish photos of those steps??? I can't find them in this thread and I've re-read it 3 times! Dang I hate getting older. :-)
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