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Old 07-24-2017, 03:50 PM   #1
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Anyone sell a rebuild kit for the steps?

Its just another project that would be nice to get done. Seems to me that at one time you could buy a kit that had all the various screws and washers in it, but a search now turns up nothing.

I know that some places like Inland RV have all the various pieces, but it would just be nice to get a package deal, and maybe some instructions in case I forget how I took them apart.
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Old 07-24-2017, 05:07 PM   #2
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Out of Doors Mart sells all of the parts. Some are pkgd as a kit. They also have assembly pics on the website.
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:57 PM   #3
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Yes I think it was out of doors mart where I saw the packaged kits, my lower step is Missing the correct hardware and for $50 I can get the needed 2 bolts, 2 nuts and a couple washers.
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:22 AM   #4
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In looking at my steps some more, checking for sloppy bolts, etc, it seems the problem is in the top step. The notches at the front corners where the supports for the lower step rest, have just worn too deep over the years.

I could replace that top step at considerable expense, or just mig weld some infill, grind and file to perfect fit. I think the welding will be the cheaper and easier way to go.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:17 AM   #5
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My steps were very sloppy and drooping a bit from loose fasteners. Sooo I drilled out each rivet connector to the next size bigger, then replaced all the rivets with stainless machine bolts and self locking nuts. It helped a great deal. I couldn't get to a couple of the higher rivet with a drill but I was able to get to most of them. No more droop, feel much better, look much better when deployed.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:57 PM   #6
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Here is an update. I purchased all the bolts needed for 8 pivot joints. That would be 4 each side, connecting the bottom step to the top step, from Out Of Doors Mart. I also got replacement stick-on non-slip pads.

These might be the most expensive bolts I've ever purchased as the total order came out to around $150 with shipping.

While some slop is gone and the bottom step might be improved a little, there is still a noticeable droop. Note that the top step is level so only the pivot bolts at the front edge which connect the arms for the lower step were replaced.

A lot of money for not much results, though the non-slip pads are really great.

I think the notches on the top step are a bit worn down and that is the problem. Not sure if the steps are a grade of aluminum that can be welded.

Mayco, I need a better explanation of the repair you did, as I think all the step parts are bolted and not riveted. If rivets are used on the upper step, up under the trailer someplace, that may not help anyway. As I said, my top step sits level and firm. Just the bottom step tilted maybe 5-10 degrees down.
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