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Old 06-25-2007, 11:28 PM   #1
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Entry steps for '75 Argosy 24

The previous owner of my Argosy 24 managed to take off with the steps down and tore them off completely. There is not much in the way of collateral damage surprisingly enough but all that is left are two metal flanges dangling in the breeze. I stopped into an airstream dealer and they told me if they could find the original steps they would cost me about $600. Why is everything about $600? Am I better off replacing them with something aftermarket that is a close fit or is there some place I should look to find the real thing at a more reasonable price?
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:06 AM   #2
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Hello again

Post in the classified under wanted parts..
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:15 AM   #3
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Thanks,

I was just checking that out late last night. It looks like it will be very helpful.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:50 AM   #4
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You can call around to RV salvage yards, one of them should have the parts you need to make your steps whole again.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:54 AM   #5
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Steps

The steps are availible from Airstream. The complete two step is $3000.00 installed at the factory.

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Old 06-26-2007, 09:29 AM   #6
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I have one on my '73. I'll look at the condition
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:00 AM   #7
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I have one on my '73. I'll look at the condition
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I would certainly be interested, but not at a rediculous price like the factory wants. Please let me know.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:54 AM   #8
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Mmm, our step is missing a flanged washer/bushing on one side. It's been jury rigged and isn't very solid on that side when down. I was hoping that might be a part that was available. I guess the answer is "sure, we can order you one for $300." -Bernie
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Steps

The last time I was at Airstream, The Bushings and bolts were $5.00 Ea.
You can buy the steps by the piece or as a unit. The unit includes the stringers.

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Old 06-26-2007, 12:17 PM   #10
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Mmm, our step is missing a flanged washer/bushing on one side. It's been jury rigged and isn't very solid on that side when down. I was hoping that might be a part that was available. I guess the answer is "sure, we can order you one for $300." -Bernie
I was at the Airstream dealer in Owasso, MI yesterday and they wanted $8 each for the bushings and bolts. Just an FYI.
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Old 06-26-2007, 05:18 PM   #11
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I was at the Airstream dealer in Owasso, MI yesterday and they wanted $8 each for the bushings and bolts. Just an FYI.
A new aluminum footstep costs a little over $600.00.

You probably would need two footstep outriggers as well, which are extra.

Then you would need two footstep non-skid pads, which are extra as well.

Your footstep has alway been expensive.

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Old 06-26-2007, 09:47 PM   #12
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Slightly related... my second step on the Argosy needs a new bolt ... the folding arm doesn't connect to the main step anymore. Is this bolt and bushing what I need? I thought it looked like a big rivet.

Any part number you can refer me too?
Andy, do you sell this?
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:16 PM   #13
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I have been struggling for a place tto post about steps, Both of my trailers have step problems.

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Old 06-27-2007, 05:48 AM   #14
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Hey guys, I had to look up the part numbers for the bolts last fall. Take these part numbers to an Airstrean dealer and they can pull up the diagram from the computer. All of the step parts are still available. Kinda pricey, but available. You can find the part numbers here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/279693-post326.html

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Old 06-27-2007, 08:12 AM   #15
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It's all in the weld!

Each of the last 6 Airstreams I have purchased have had step issues - from weak to completely torn off - luckily, the torn off ones still had the steps inside the trailer. We've (me and my welder) have developed a nice rebuild of steps team - about $125 for the welding and man are they strong! Of course, the $125 does not include my time to get to the frame so he could weld or putting it back together. It's quite a process with removing the floor but anyone can do it. Airstream did not do a great weld on the outriggers so over the years on these vintage units, the welds have broken and / or become weak. Call the salvage yards and you'll find some!
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Slightly related... my second step on the Argosy needs a new bolt ... the folding arm doesn't connect to the main step anymore. Is this bolt and bushing what I need? I thought it looked like a big rivet.

Any part number you can refer me too?
Andy, do you sell this?
Thanks!
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Marc.

We stock all of the aluminum footstep parts.

Biggest reason the footsteps need parts? lack of proper running gear balance.

The various parts can be described in many different ways, depending on the individual.

We found many years ago, that there is but one way to get the correct footstep parts the first time, everytime.

We FAX a part breakdown to the customer and have them call us back with the parts they need.

Solves a lot of mis-communication and errors.

Our scanner is down, therefore I cannot post that exploded view of the footstep.

Provide your FAX number and we will forward that drawing within a few minutes.

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Old 07-25-2007, 10:57 AM   #17
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Running gear Balance?

Andy, What effect would running gear balance have on the aluminum step? Are you refering to vibration?


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Marc.

We stock all of the aluminum footstep parts.

Biggest reason the footsteps need parts? lack of proper running gear balance.

The various parts can be described in many different ways, depending on the individual.

We found many years ago, that there is but one way to get the correct footstep parts the first time, everytime.

We FAX a part breakdown to the customer and have them call us back with the parts they need.

Solves a lot of mis-communication and errors.

Our scanner is down, therefore I cannot post that exploded view of the footstep.

Provide your FAX number and we will forward that drawing within a few minutes.

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Andy, What effect would running gear balance have on the aluminum step? Are you refering to vibration?
Anything that it held together with rivets, screws, nuts and bolts (unless safety wired) will come loose sooner ot later, if shaken or vibrated enough.

Lack of, or improper running gear balance is a "HUGE" generator of vibration.

It's not a matter of what, it's a matter of when.

The "when" usually happens on that trip or vacation.

Doesn't matter if we like it or not, it "WILL" happen, and of course always at the wrong time or place.

No one would even think about getting in a tow vehicle with unbalanced running gear, but for some strange reason, that same owner typically will argue that the "Airstream or Argosy" trailers don't need it........

Huh?????

Just because they don't ride in the trailer, doesn't mean that it's running smooth down the roads.

Balancing the running gear, as it should be done, is the "BEST" health insurance policy any owner can have against unnecessay, crazy, and expensive repairs, that could have been avoided.

But, there are those that will disagree, but they still won't ride in a tow vehicle that has bouncing tires. Of course, most of those folks don't believe in Physics, either.

Different Physics for the tow vehicle than for the Airstream?

I don't think so.

Balancing the running gear has been talked about for over my 41 years experience with Airstreams. The facts were the same then, as it is now.

The laws of Physics, has not changed, but I understand that a couple of politicans are asking for a federal grant to study the problem.

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Biggest reason the footsteps need parts? lack of proper running gear balance.
The biggest reason my SOB rv had step issues was a concrete bridge.
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That, or my 400lb brother in law. But thanks Andy I get what your saying.
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