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TinLoaf 04-20-2011 03:12 PM

Safari Step Replacement Photo Guide
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.

Forger 04-20-2011 03:33 PM

That's a pretty good looking helper you have there!

elfirebob 04-20-2011 04:34 PM

Simple, easy and a great guide...thanks!

moosetags 04-20-2011 05:10 PM

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We had the very same problem with Lucy's steps a couple of months ago.

We got a set of the curved steps also, We like them so much better than Lucy's original steps. They work better and they look better.

We found ours at Camping World for $70.00 plus tax delivered to the Tallahassee store.


Del Gurney 06-12-2011 05:46 PM

Whew, a solution!
Thanks to both Tinloaf and Moosetags:
I've been getting irked by my steps as they need paint and also there is a weird dent in what I believe to be the banana wrap just aft of the steps, as though someone backed into something while steps extended. I guess they just bent the steps back somehow but it does'ent look obvious.
Yup looks like a simple job.
I gotta get me a set of the new radius ones .... I'll try Camping world as I joined them right after getting Tinbad.

goshawks00 09-09-2011 06:17 AM

We really like the looks of this step..unfortunately they are 24" wide , so they will not fit our 66 Safari , which is only 20" wide... BAH!! So we will continue to look for a set of steps for easier access....
Barry & Karen in Mi.

JJ1 07-18-2015 09:02 AM

I needed to replace the double steps on our '08 International. The prior owner had tried to drive away with them down and bent the steps. He had them repaired but they always drooped down on one side when you stepped on them.
I read your post and ordered the same step, but when they arrived I noticed that the steps have a punched slot pattern, unlike the original smooth steel step on the old and like yours; not as comfortable on bare feet! I ordered the same Carlson Stromberg Hickory Step, but I was surprised because the image of the steps from the retailer looked exactly like yours not the slotted type I received. I noticed some of these slotted type on some of the new AS's at the dealer and didn't know if they changed the design. Was wondering if you can still get the smooth type of step?

AWCHIEF 07-18-2015 10:15 AM

Like those new curved steps. Mine has the narrow straight one. I have to step out almost sideways to feel safely balanced. Mine are still in good shape but if they ever crap out will have to remember this thread.

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