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Old 08-24-2019, 04:05 PM   #1
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How to tighten upper mount bracket for steps

On a trip and my steps are acting up a bit, Iíve snugged the weird screw/nut points but the top bracket mount screw seems to be backing out toward the inside covered area of AS underside. Are these fasteners supposed to have a nut on them? Both sides missing if so. Is there anyway without drilling out rivets to tighten this screw? Pic attached Click image for larger version

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Old 08-24-2019, 04:07 PM   #2
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I need to do a similar adjustment.
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:57 AM   #3
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On a trip and my steps are acting up a bit, Iíve snugged the weird screw/nut points but the top bracket mount screw seems to be backing out toward the inside covered area of AS underside. Are these fasteners supposed to have a nut on them? Both sides missing if so. Is there anyway without drilling out rivets to tighten this screw? Pic attached Attachment 350391
I'm having the same problem with my 2018 FC 28RB. Does anyone have a good idea how to tighten these bolts BEFORE they fall off inside the metal body?
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spark01,

I recently repaired my steps, including full R&R to address part of the wiggle.

The shoulder bolt for the sliding arm. To access this for me it was necessary to cut an access panel from on outrigger about 6" square. It's fully underneath and not visible at all unless you go under and look for it. That allows reaching both bolts. I also put masking tape over the cut edges to save bandaids. Jig saw, extra fine tooth blade, eye protection and not a big deal. Then I made new cover panels and attached with hex head sheet metal screws.

The front (short) arm anchor into the outrigger. That nut and bolt was tight, but loose in it's anchor on the outrigger. IIRC I added a washer somewhere to capture the shoulder of the bolt. Sorry, details a bit sketchy but with some inspection I think you can see the slop factor.

The big item for my rig was the hook in the outrigger was a bit weak and worn. That took some fabrication but all hand work no welding. Steps are now quite solid.

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spark01,

I recently repaired my steps, including full R&R to address part of the wiggle.

The shoulder bolt for the sliding arm. To access this for me it was necessary to cut an access panel from on outrigger about 6" square. It's fully underneath and not visible at all unless you go under and look for it. That allows reaching both bolts. I also put masking tape over the cut edges to save bandaids. Jig saw, extra fine tooth blade, eye protection and not a big deal. Then I made new cover panels and attached with hex head sheet metal screws.

The front (short) arm anchor into the outrigger. That nut and bolt was tight, but loose in it's anchor on the outrigger. IIRC I added a washer somewhere to capture the shoulder of the bolt. Sorry, details a bit sketchy but with some inspection I think you can see the slop factor.

The big item for my rig was the hook in the outrigger was a bit weak and worn. That took some fabrication but all hand work no welding. Steps are now quite solid.

Gary
Wow! Thanks for sharing the info, Gary. I was afraid that cutting open the underbelly might be inevitable... I can't believe Airstream hasn't encountered this issue before, leaving no easier way to service the steps. Either a clear design flaw or a willful negligence on their part.
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If youíd like further details just send me a pm with contact info and Iíll offer additional .02.

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