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Old 07-29-2011, 08:31 AM   #1
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Stuck Steps

First week of owning a AS and trying to figure out things so any help would be appreciated. The problem is I don't know how to get the steps to pull out . I have a 72 Overlander which has a little lever sticking out. Got any suggestions?
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:36 AM   #2
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I have a 1988 Excella and if your steps are like mine, just lift the lever and the steps will slide down and forward. make sure they lock in place.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:18 AM   #3
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Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:25 AM   #4
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may take some wiggling if the tracks are rusted. You can look up there and see some of the track. The track is incorporated into the frame outrigger and can be a trouble spot. If it's too far gone the outriggers needs to be replaced and now you're getting into a big job. Not impossible, of course, but significant. I'm just trying to let you know how the steps are incorporated into the construction in case you haven't looked up in there. Hopefully not to jinx you. Beware, these older trailers often come with some baggage. To some that's part of the allure, to others part of the nightmare. Once you get them to slide in their track lube them up to keep them sliding.

Good luck with it.
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The lever has a "detent" position up and forward. Lift it slightly, slip the lever a little aft and then it'll drop down and that should unlock the steps.
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Get a patio cushion or big piece of cardboard etc and a flashlight and lay down and examine the steps. You will get an idea of their working as you jiggle them and try to pull them out. Some of them have to be pulled out equally on each side to avoid binding, some come out with less precision.Hopefully nothing under there will appear seriously damaged (bent or broken, or missing). Be careful the assembly and the parts are very expensive and I think I recall they are in short supply.
So don't get mad and knock the hell out of the things. Also be careful not to pinch your hands or skin in the sliding step assembly. I'd take a rubber mallett or a 2x4 down there with me and "firmly" rap on the assembly as I tried to pull them out.
You can also see the slotted outriggers that the steps travel in. If the slots are not rusted into in a major way the steps should be ok.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:39 PM   #7
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Stuck Steps

Got down and got it figured out.

Thanks for all info and help.
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The bolts on the aluminum step are a little expensive as far as bolts go but it is good to have a spare with you. Over the last 32 years I have had step problems a couple of times.
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