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Old 09-27-2017, 01:35 PM   #1
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droopy aluminum step - a kludge compensation until something better can be done.

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I'm working on a lot of things right now, on a recently acquired '94 28' Excella, and the neighbors of all ages are curious to look. Well, the bottom step is a bit dodgy because it droops down & out due to wear of the upper aluminum step. This could be a hazard for someone who is a bit unsteady on their feet. So I dropped a couple of 8D waffle-headed nails into the corners, between the struts and the upper step, to compensate for the wear, until I can do better. Does a fix already exist?
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Old 09-27-2017, 07:13 PM   #2
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Have a welder fill in the worn away portion and then grind it back to where it should be.

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Old 09-28-2017, 01:21 AM   #3
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You can buy a short post that fits under the bottom step and supports it. Ive seen it on SOBs at RV parks. Camping World probably has them.
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:03 AM   #4
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Replace it

You could buy new steps: http://www.inlandrv.com/catalog/prod...roducts_id=849

In 1975 I bought a '68 Ford Mustang in near perfect condition for less than these steps. I would stick with the nail.... it shows ingenuity.
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Old 09-28-2017, 05:00 AM   #5
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Maybe a machine shop can fabricate the few parts you need replacing.
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Old 09-28-2017, 08:55 AM   #6
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The problem is that the weightbearing surface area is too small & soft. Maybe a thicker, say 1/2" wide x 1/2" x 2" bar can be welded or bolted on.
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Seems like you could get a welding shop to weld a bead/a little bit of aluminum weld material right there.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:26 AM   #8
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How about leaving the bottom step folded and using this?
Mine supports 1000# and is very sturdy. Folds for travel.
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Old 09-28-2017, 10:15 AM   #9
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How about leaving the bottom step folded and using this?
Mine supports 1000# and is very sturdy. Folds for travel.
I like that.
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:33 AM   #10
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Elkhart Tool and Die has been making camper steps, among other things, since the 1950s, I think. Here's a link to the accessory you've been asking for. <http://www.elkharttool.com/accessories.html>

If you're planning on doing a lot of rallies you'll discover that some pretty big folks will put a lot of weight on those steps. I've seen original 1946 Spartan "Manor" steps destroyed at a rally open house by a gal that must've gone three bills. That restored Spartan now has a portable wooden box step for rally open houses.

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Old 09-28-2017, 12:11 PM   #11
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DITTO Mollysdad.
Exactly what we do.
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:36 PM   #12
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I rarely use the second step.

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Old 09-28-2017, 01:40 PM   #13
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Took ours off.
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Old 09-28-2017, 06:30 PM   #14
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Hello,

I'm working on a lot of things right now, on a recently acquired '94 28' Excella, and the neighbors of all ages are curious to look. Well, the bottom step is a bit dodgy because it droops down & out due to wear of the upper aluminum step. This could be a hazard for someone who is a bit unsteady on their feet. So I dropped a couple of 8D waffle-headed nails into the corners, between the struts and the upper step, to compensate for the wear, until I can do better. Does a fix already exist?
If U R interested I have the fix for UR lower step I have braces that will put them back up where they belong.

The braces R $18.00 a pair plus shipping and instructions. I have put many of these on Airstream trailers and sold many to people that wanted to put them on themself. Contact jematkovich@aol.com Cell 708-567-4686. wbcci #1790
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Have a welder fill in the worn away portion and then grind it back to where it should be.

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With my braces no welding needed. Just drill 4 holes and counter sink screws with lock nuts and zazooom job done for $18.00
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Bob, you used to be able to buy replacement parts for those steps. Not sure if what you need is available. Getting a welder to add some aluminum seems like a good idea, if the skill level is right, to get the new material to bond to the old and last a long time.

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Bob, you used to be able to buy replacement parts for those steps. Not sure if what you need is available. Getting a welder to add some aluminum seems like a good idea, if the skill level is right, to get the new material to bond to the old and last a long time.

Good luck,

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I know a certified welder. He beefed up the chassis for the tiny 750lb foam, canvas, & cedar camper that I built in this past year. I think he might be able to add the necessary pieces, but it'd be much cheaper if I could take the steps off and take them to his shop instead of his making a 'house call'.
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Old 09-29-2017, 06:33 AM   #18
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Do you have photos of this.

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With my braces no welding needed. Just drill 4 holes and counter sink screws with lock nuts and zazooom job done for $18.00
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Old 09-29-2017, 07:34 AM   #19
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If U R interested I have the fix for UR lower step I have braces that will put them back up where they belong.

The braces R $18.00 a pair plus shipping and instructions. I have put many of these on Airstream trailers and sold many to people that wanted to put them on themself. Contact jematkovich@aol.com Cell 708-567-4686. wbcci #1790
Is this brace a rectangle of aluminum plate with two countersunk holes for 1/4-20 flat head machine screws? I have one of these on my steps on my 1999 Excella. One has been lost. I've been looking for a replacement. (sorry no photo)
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DITTO Mollysdad.
Exactly what we do.
I got it originally for the MH when the front step was too high due to leveling. I liked it so much I started using it all the time. It has non skid strips and is pretty large so it's almost like a platform before you get to the step.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...OMMBCBVZYS63TK
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