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Old 09-07-2018, 05:16 PM   #1
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New-style steps

I have a 2016 28' FC with the entry steps for that year. I really like the new style steps that are now standard equipment on the new trailers.


Question - can the new steps be fitted on my 2016 without any problem? As in just take off old and bolt on new? Also, is anyone having trouble with the new ones? Are they sturdy and well made?
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:51 PM   #2
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Ummm .... errr ....the design of the steps on *some* Airstreams date back to about 1976. Which steps are we talking about here?

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Old 09-07-2018, 07:07 PM   #3
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The new steps date to 1973, and mounting them to an Airstream not originally equipped with them would mean removing the outriggers on either side of the steps, and installing new "step outriggers".
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Old 09-08-2018, 03:48 AM   #4
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My guess is SDP has the black fold out steps and is referring to the aluminum roll out step that originally were on the classic but now are standard. If so, the new step won't bolt up for you.

On another note, I've had both, and the black fold out step is much easier to use. Maybe not as good looking as the aluminum ones, but if I could have my black step back I think I might take it.
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Old 09-08-2018, 08:19 AM   #5
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The aluminum step assembly is right around $750. A reasonable set of "running spares" for one will set you back just about $200 or so at the parts counter of your local dealer. Best to call ahead if you are looking for those parts. Not every dealer stocks parts the way I think they should. The spares fit in a pretty small bag .... it's right over there ....

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Old 09-08-2018, 08:52 AM   #6
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See my thread on step upgrade by Hickory Springs. We have put 2months+ 3100 miles travel and they have been great for function and looks for less cost. They are a direct bolt on and lighter than your all steel OEM .
As far as strength is concerned I can jump on these @ 200 lbs. without a problem. My opinion on Airstreams new old aluminum steps is," more stealth but less functional ".

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f475...gs-178416.html
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:21 AM   #7
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I'm in the middle. I have the new steps, but I leave one folded up.
Then I use a step on the ground. Very sturdy.
Cosmetically, the aluminum steps are superior.
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:58 AM   #8
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So wait, sdp has the black steps as standard on his unit and wants to install the aluminum rollout steps as standard on the classic? Is this what he is saying? I'm unaware of a newer step. It just doesnt get better than the aluminum step that has been silicone lubricated at the pivot points... silky smooth!
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Old 09-08-2018, 12:11 PM   #9
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So wait, sdp has the black steps as standard on his unit and wants to install the aluminum rollout steps as standard on the classic? Is this what he is saying? I'm unaware of a newer step. It just doesnt get better than the aluminum step that has been silicone lubricated at the pivot points... silky smooth!
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As long as you .... umm ... errr ..... remember to check the bolts on the aluminum steps for tightness from time to time. Having them ...errrr ... fall out somewhere on the road renders the step less than ideal. It also gives you a chance to drive a couple hours and visit some very nice dealer parts people in North Carolina ... I have experience at this ...

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Old 09-08-2018, 01:37 PM   #10
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I fought a curb and the curb won on my aluminum steps a few years back. We are full-timers and forum guys suggested the steel black steps. We love them!
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Old 09-08-2018, 01:52 PM   #11
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None of them seem to like going past obstacles while fully extended. It's now very much something I check in the mirror as we pull out. Way to easy to go for that last minute zip to the trailer and forget to put them back up .....

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Old 09-08-2018, 02:14 PM   #12
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mollysdad is right, they great steps........
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:49 PM   #13
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My guess is SDP has the black fold out steps and is referring to the aluminum roll out step that originally were on the classic but now are standard. If so, the new step won't bolt up for you.

On another note, I've had both, and the black fold out step is much easier to use. Maybe not as good looking as the aluminum ones, but if I could have my black step back I think I might take it.
I have a 2018 Globetrotter with the "new" aluminum steps. While these steps are good looking I'm not sure they are superior. I agree that if given a choice I think I might choose the "old" black fold out steps. One challenge with the new steps is sand getting in the the pivot points and causing them to bind. And there are a lot of pivot points. Does anyone else have this problem?

How do you lubricate these points?

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Old 01-03-2019, 05:36 PM   #14
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I use a dry lube that comes in a spray can. It is normally used to lubricate table saw blades etc. Works very well and nothing sticks to it.
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Old 03-24-2019, 03:29 PM   #15
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MORryde step

Hello, I also high centered my AS but luckily I work at MORryde and I am currently working with engineers to make these aftermarket steps. The photo at JC are a clip on style and the other image is something I am hoping to have built by alumapolozza in May. I should be there camping with the family and answering questions if youíre there. If you any questions about the pictures I have attached please let me know.
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New-style steps

Looks nice and tidy. I assume it lifts up and slides toward the side of the trailer. Do you plan to put an adjustable support under the bottom step for us tall, muscular (hah) and slightly heavy types? (Or is it hiding in the shadow?)

Keep us posted on progress, price and availability in the forums as well, please!
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Looks nice and tidy. I assume it lifts up and slides toward the side of the trailer. Do you plan to put an adjustable support under the bottom step for us tall, muscular (hah) and slightly heavy types? (Or is it hiding in the shadow?)

Keep us posted on progress, price and availability in the forums as well, please!
In both models the legs are adjustable. The computer image will flip up into the doorway for storage. Super easy.
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New-style steps

Will the outside door close more or less properly with the step still deployed?
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:18 PM   #19
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Yep. The current one (actual picture) mounts to to clips that were installed where the old steps were located. So there is no modification done to the door and it closes just like normal. The other version will have a plate that goes over the door jam and I will have to modify the jam. Iím going to remove the 1/4 inch aluminum flange in the middle. Hereís another picture.
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Old 04-21-2019, 10:51 AM   #20
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Here is a look at the new steps

I just had these made for my trailer and look forward to taking these to alumapalooza to get feedback from aftermarket and from Airstream themselves. They still donít think that customers want these so feel free to contact them as ask them for them.
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