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Old 08-16-2013, 09:45 AM   #15
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The plywood floor is solid and the Outrigger is good shape. I tried to tighten the bolt end, but it just unscrewed from the Outrigger. The head was broken off. I drilled through the the bolt head and inserted a lag (see photo). For now, it works great. I'm going to close it up and see how it works. If it fails, I'll drill all the way through the aluminum threshold and counter sink a bolt in the thick metal.

Thanks for all the help and advise. I'll post future details on this repair in case others have a similar problem.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:06 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again View Post
On newer models, only the Classics have the unique Airstream steps. The Internationals and the Flying Clouds (and earlier Safaris) have the standard SOB 1 or 2 step folders. This is definitely one area where I like the cheaper version. I'm a big woman and the steel SOB steps are definitely sturdier than the aluminum ones.

They are also a heck of a lot cheaper to replace - and if something breaks like a screw or rivet it's an easy and inexpensive thing to repair.

I've seen a few Classics where the owner has changed over to SOB steps simply because they are no fuss.

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Having had the classic step on every AS I have owned (that is too many) and now the new step system on my 2014 FC 20', I very much agree with you Paula, the new one is superior. Ugly, but superior as a step. I am quite happy to put up with the ugly for the much stronger step system

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Old 08-16-2013, 10:33 AM   #17
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To "tighten" up the wood in the area try "GitRot" from a Marine supply place. I have used with great success.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:27 PM   #18
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step repair

Is there a printable manufacturer's parts manual available online for the Classic step? Perhaps a removal and re-installation guide for rebuilding?

I have a 23 year old 34' 1990 Excella and one of the "straight" swing arms broke at the top bolt (although it was the arm hole area that broke on the straight arm) - next to, outside, the "offset" arm under the entry.

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It looks like you must remove one side of the primary step to get the male/female screw/bolt part out of that primary step which hides part of the large thru bolt head.

It also looks like I may have to remove the skin to get the whole assembly out. Reading the other messages maybe also the threshold, as I see threads coming from the threshold into the assembly "box".

I am thinking that I should get all new nuts/bolts while I'm at it and maybe all new arms and basically just reuse the two steps. Just as well try to do it right.

Would it be easier, or imperative, to remove the step assembly completely from the trailer to do this? It looks very tight to get to the nuts covered by the skin so an inspection plate could be made to cover any skin removed to do the work

I have an appointment at the factory in December but would do this myself to save the charges; just don't want to tear the skin and inside apart to do the job unless necessary. Maybe they could remove and reinstall after I rebuild it, while there, if I don't get it done before.

I expect they would just suggest a new step altogether and throw away the old one.

Anyone's thoughts?

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