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Old 03-14-2004, 05:24 PM   #21
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Watch Out For That Last Step

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Ain't this forum great? Joecj76 has one of these rare birds.
I got looking through my '69 Owners Manual and came across two references to this step. Neither one showed any pictures of it, though.
On page 103 of the manual it states, "The auxiliary step extension (optional) can be placed into position by unfolding the wings of the step extension and inserting the square bars into the holes provided in the front of the fold-away step. Do not travel with auxiliary step inserted in fold-away step. Place the auxiliary step in the storage bracket provided under the trailer, forward of the main step."
So, either the one I've seen was a homemade replica, or had been modified to remove the folding wings feature. Plus, with this step, apparently, one also got an under-the-trailer bracket in which to store the thing.
I'll be anxious to see joecj76's photos, as now I'm thinking I'd like a lower step, too.
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Old 03-14-2004, 05:42 PM   #22
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At the Rally here in Florida, the Airstream company store was selling all the parts to build your own lower step. They should be still available, the parts are listed by part number in my service manual.
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Old 03-14-2004, 06:04 PM   #23
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The funny part is that when I got the Tradewinds, it had a lot of junk in it. The step was in the junk pile until the misses asked me why I was throwing out the second step! I sure am glad she knew what it was...I didn't.
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Old 03-14-2004, 06:06 PM   #24
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If anyone has the "under the trailer" storage bracket let me know!
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Old 03-20-2004, 07:41 AM   #25
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This is the only pic of the step that I have here. I will take some more as soon as I can get there.
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Old 03-20-2004, 10:37 AM   #26
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Has anyone tried to retrofit the '2-step' aluminum one onto the single steel step trailers like the current Safari models??
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Old 03-20-2004, 04:01 PM   #27
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covering the steps

I have the second step and being really short, I like it. Has anyone put carpet or rubber or something on these steps? They look just right to smash a shin into them. silver suz
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Old 03-21-2004, 04:17 PM   #28
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Here's the pics of the step
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Old 03-21-2004, 04:40 PM   #29
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File to large...I'm working on it
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Old 01-17-2005, 08:08 AM   #30
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The step you have was used through 1969. At least some (if not all) Airstreams were built with the aluminum 'flip step' starting in 1970.
...If someone on the forum has one that could be photographed, and maybe even measured, it should be an easy job for an experienced welder to replicate.
I have been fortunate enough to acquire one of Airstream's second steps. In an effort to help others who want to make their own step, a web page is currently under development. Your thoughts on any key information I have omitted would be most welcome.

Does anyone know when Airstream started using this particular step? While I personally do not weld pretty enough to make these steps for anyone else, there is a vendor interested in marketing a reproduction if enough people are interested in purchasing the step.

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Old 01-17-2005, 11:48 AM   #31
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Personally, I prefer the convenience of just using a heavy duty Rubbermaid stool as an extra step. It's much easier to store and sometimes comes in handy for reaching higher areas of the trailer when washing, etc. And no sharp edges for silver suz to bump her shins on.
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Old 01-17-2005, 01:45 PM   #32
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I'm glad y'all revived this thread -- missed it the first time around. Interesting hearing that MILLIONAIRE-oriented Airstream discontinued steel steps so long ago. My '76 Argosy still had the steel steps -- probably in the name of holding down price for those 'family affordable' trailers. For so many other rust issues on my trailer, the original paint has held up quite well. Yes, the lower step swings and this gives me a few great ideas -- Thanks!!

TomW -- Looked at your website. Good idea on the chip blower. I've also been made miserable by working cedar. I can't go into a sauna or any area with heated cedar any more. An MD friend of mine researched this -- there is a toxin in western red that damages respiratory passages once the individual is sensitized (kinda like poison ivy doesn't get you the first time...). It can lead to lung damage and asthma not too far down the road. I've found that paint spray respirators with the organic vapor element works wonders.
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