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Old 07-05-2006, 07:45 PM   #1
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Question Steps Can they be salvaged?

We have a 73, Tradewind, Land Yacht. We had some problems with the steps, and they kept popping out as we were driving. But now they have a twist to them, as we were at the factory, in Ohio and they couldn't fix them and we were short on time. I am wondering if they can be salvaged? Would parts need to be fabricated or do we need new steps? Our trailer, is nearly vintage. It still has "cool" burnt orange carpet, and original 8 track...Sometimes I just want to redo the whole thing! Hope someone can help. Kathy
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Old 07-05-2006, 10:58 PM   #2
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Hey Tom Welcome ,

you should go to a metal shop /welding fabrication type place ,your steps
probably can be straightend and strengthend Im sure .Check around your area to see if someone reliable can help you out .Sometimes you need
someone that works with metal and structural stuff all the time ,most welding
shops do .

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Old 07-06-2006, 03:29 AM   #3
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Are they metal or aluminum?
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Old 07-06-2006, 05:22 AM   #4
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Your steps can probably be repaired at a local welding shop.
Also, "vintage" is 20 years old or older, so your current coach qualifies as Vintage.
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Old 07-06-2006, 10:08 PM   #5
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THe steps are aluminum. Does that make a difference? TOm
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Old 07-06-2006, 10:41 PM   #6
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TOm, as Terry and Scott have suggested, you may need to talk to a sheet metal guy (gal). My steps have issues as well, but it appears to be mostly due to the outriggers that hold the steps to the trailer. There is quite a bit of rust on the forward outrigger, which has led to deformation of the outrigger. My step "kneels" toward that bad outrigger.

Also, check to make sure the springs are still there that hold the release arm in place. There should one on the front and back outrigger. They keep the release arm in the up position and thereby hold the step in the folded postion.


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Old 07-07-2006, 07:14 AM   #7
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parts are available

hi- I found that all the small parts (the various bolts, etc.) are available for these step assemblies. I got mine from OasisRV in Tucson. Good luck- tim
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Old 07-07-2006, 09:21 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Tom Cosenza
THe steps are aluminum. Does that make a difference? TOm
Many dealers have parts for the aluminum step.

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