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Old 07-31-2015, 07:24 PM   #1
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Step Replacement

I had to replace the steps on 25' Flying Cloud.
Did some research and the replacement steps were purchased from Campers World for $81 plus $10 shipping. Campers World part number is 74960.
The manufacturer is Lippert Components and their part number is 341500.
This step is exactly the same as OEM steps from Air Stream. Bolt holes match and installation took 15 minutes. Remove 4 bolts and the steps come off.
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:34 PM   #2
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I had to replace the steps on 25' Flying Cloud.
Did some research and the replacement steps were purchased from Campers World for $81 plus $10 shipping. Campers World part number is 74960.
The manufacturer is Lippert Components and their part number is 341500.
This step is exactly the same as OEM steps from Air Stream. Bolt holes match and installation took 15 minutes. Remove 4 bolts and the steps come off.
Why did the steps need to be replaced? Just curious.
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Old 07-31-2015, 08:22 PM   #3
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Why did the steps need to be replaced? Just curious.
One more cheeseburger and mine will need to be replaced.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:00 AM   #4
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I damaged the step. Left it down when I pulled forward, pushed against return pipe on my pool filter, and it bent about 5 degrees. Impossible to bend it back to original shape.
Good news is that the PVC pipe did not break..
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:11 AM   #5
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The replacement step appears to be metal. Was your original step metal or aluminum?
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Old 08-02-2015, 05:46 AM   #6
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Original steps are painted steel. Replacement step is the exact OEM step and is steel.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:04 AM   #7
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Dear King... you might find that you and a somewhat robust hammer you CAN bend the steps back in line after removing them from the Airstream.

On my old one, I did nearly the same thing, except it was with a big rock. I used a 32 oz. framing hammer with a piece of thin plywood to protect the surfaces I "massaged" back in to alignment.

You'd have a spare for next time! Ouch!

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Old 08-02-2015, 09:00 AM   #8
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Kingsman…thumbs up to you for your preemptive advice.

Very cool heads up….gold star and all that good stuff.

But, I have an 1973 Argosy 20'…..and I don't even know if my trailer had steps. ( if anyone could please answer that for me )

I'm thinking about getting steps , but not sure about it. I have repaired many steps on friends SOBs. Many of the failures were due to weak attachments, weak fasteners, and the fact that big guys are plopping down on an assembly that has a mechanical advantage that makes hardware and supports " want" to break. I see lots of folks bracing up and using make shift supports, wood blocks, and even bottle jacks on their steps. Perhaps they are trying to prevent another failure. I kinda think it's easier to just use my portable steps.
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:55 AM   #9
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Dear King... you might find that you and a somewhat robust hammer you CAN bend the steps back in line after removing them from the Airstream.

On my old one, I did nearly the same thing, except it was with a big rock. I used a 32 oz. framing hammer with a piece of thin plywood to protect the surfaces I "massaged" back in to alignment.

You'd have a spare for next time! Ouch!

Paula
A come-along does a pretty good job, too.

I know. Found it out on my old 23FB.
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Old 08-04-2015, 09:48 AM   #10
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My steps are aluminum. I see that Inland RV has both aluminum replacement steps and parts for the aluminum. I may just repair mine with his parts.
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My AS is the one that fought the curb and the curb won on Aluminum steps. When this happened I wrote on the forums. Everyone kinda advised us to go steel since we are full-timers. That has turned out to be great for us.
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Old 08-05-2015, 03:25 PM   #12
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badkat,

Are the Aluminum and steel steps interchangeable? In other words, are they the same dimensions and bolt pattern, no modification required?

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Old 03-01-2016, 01:21 PM   #13
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what year 25' flying cloud?? your info show a 2015 28ft flying cloud..

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I had to replace the steps on 25' Flying Cloud.
Did some research and the replacement steps were purchased from Campers World for $81 plus $10 shipping. Campers World part number is 74960.
The manufacturer is Lippert Components and their part number is 341500.
This step is exactly the same as OEM steps from Air Stream. Bolt holes match and installation took 15 minutes. Remove 4 bolts and the steps come off.
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They're all the same except for the Classic's which had different steps.
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Old 03-02-2016, 04:34 PM   #15
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different how.. wider, longer, 3 steps etc.. the 2005 classic 31 we are buying has a broken bottom of two steps and was looking at the camping world replacement steps. they seem to be a bit more able to handle the stress of everyday usage.

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Just quoting something I read earlier. And observation. But the mounting holes are most likely all the same. Probably industry standard.

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"I had to replace the steps on 25' Flying Cloud.
Did some research and the replacement steps were purchased from Campers World for $81 plus $10 shipping. Campers World part number is 74960.
The manufacturer is Lippert Components and their part number is 341500.
This step is exactly the same as OEM steps from Air Stream. Bolt holes match and installation took 15 minutes. Remove 4 bolts and the steps come off."
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Suggest calling the factory to verify the mountings for the Classic weird folding aluminum step would also work with the standard steel step. Might save some shipping expense.
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:30 AM   #18
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Step Replacement

My original post which detailed replacement steps should have included that the 25' Flying Cloud was a 2013 model. I had damaged the steps and bent them.
Was not easy to identify replacement steps as there are no dimensions or templates on the various websites. I removed the steps, 4 bolts and around 4 minutes labor, and was able to get accurate dimensions. I found replacement steps readily available and i ordered online at Camping World. Reattached steps using same bolts I removed.
If you go to a dealer it will cost you $300-400 to replace steps. Do it yourself for under $90.
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We put on steel steps because of full-timing. Our steel steps were put on by an AS dealer the aluminum steps were wider. They added stainless steel bands to decrease the width. They work great. Glad someone suggested steel.
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good info.. when you say SS bands to decrease width you mean they put a "shim" in on both sides to make up the difference between steel steps width and mounting area on airstream width.. almost like putting a washer in there..

how thick would you say the SS bar is.. any pictures you can share.



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We put on steel steps because of full-timing. Our steel steps were put on by an AS dealer the aluminum steps were wider. They added stainless steel bands to decrease the width. They work great. Glad someone suggested steel.
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