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Old 03-30-2020, 12:41 PM   #1
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Trailer Steel Step Holder Broke

Check out the pictures. Anybody have an idea how to fix the steel where the step attaches to the trailer? Thanks!
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Old 03-30-2020, 01:31 PM   #2
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Angry Steps

Same thing here left side for me,Going to add bracket there
200 lbs should be a little thicker
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Old 03-30-2020, 02:07 PM   #3
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It will need to be welded.
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Old 03-30-2020, 02:09 PM   #4
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https://www.airforums.com/forums/f36...ff-203134.html

The above links to a prior thread. In that thread is a link to another.

Believe with what I see, you need a good welder to reinforce the step area. Some research required as just stronger is not the complete answer. Pat
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Seems like a trip to a welding shop (or a friend with a welder) is on the horizon. It appears that a 3/16 - 1/4 thick metal plate added on top of the channel would help distribute the load. If you have access to the channel across the full width of the step you could add the plate fully from left to right, and several inches beyond on both sides, to give the channel quite a bit more support.

A welding repair shop should be able to make this kind of repair/upgrade. Most RV shops I've been to don't have welding equipment.
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Old 03-30-2020, 05:26 PM   #6
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My first choice repair would also be welding a doubler to the frame and then remounting the steps.

But an alternative would be to:
1- Remove the steps.
2- Use a ball-peen hammer to flatten-out the damaged surface area of frame.
3- Using 5/16” or larger Grade 5 bolts/nuts/washers, drill holes and Attach a 2” piece of angle (steel) about 20” long to the frame such that the entire area is reinforced. The angle can be attached in the central area (between the existing mounting bolts) to the frame. I suggest 3 fasteners in that area. Then, re-mount the steps via holes in the angle at each end.
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Old 03-31-2020, 11:32 AM   #7
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Remove steps. Hammer it back into place, weld cracks. Add long piece of 3/16" or 1/4" steel above frame rail and bolt it through steps on both sides and the frame outward of the step area a little ways. Maybe a 3' x 2" x 1/4" steel bar? You may even get by without welding.
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We had the same problem several years ago. An automotive repair shop did a good job of welding a reinforcing plate and reattaching the stairs. It's been problem free since then. Not sure, but the original problem may have been caused by a low speed grounding on the stairs earlier.
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Old 03-31-2020, 09:37 PM   #9
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So we will see how this works. We used two 1 1/4" straps 3/16 thick and drilled some holes to match the existing hole pattern. The new strap just lays down above the existing el cheepo Airstream steel. Then stuck it back together with 3/8 nuts/bolts/ lock washers. A real PIA to get the washers, lockwashers, and nuts all in there above the strap. I don't recommend this method at all.
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