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Old 08-29-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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If anyone finds my lower two steps somewhere between Savannah and Beaufort please let me know. Don't know what happened but the only thing I can figure out is that they fell out and snapped off the two rivets that hold them on. Looking into warranty replacement but may have to think replacing rivets with bolts as I don't want them snapping off with me or someone else on them. Been a bad week for my camper and that was just the icing on top of the cake....... Other than that camping at the beach with Hurricane Irene was pretty cool.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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You mean they fell off while rolling? And you didn't feel it "jump" when the tires rolled over them? I've never heard of someones steps falling off. It's possible sure, but this is just the most bizarre thing...
Are you sure they weren't stolen while parked? (but who would steal steps?)
Very odd.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:40 AM   #3
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I looked at mine yesterday. The rod that holds them in place and allows rotation to store; is only held there with press on clips. Rust from road salt can loosen them or make them brittle.

Once one falls off or breaks; the rod will work out and bye-bye steps.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:51 PM   #4
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The two lower steps that fold out are just held on by a single poprivet on each side. I guess that they fell out from a bump and sheared off from the motion. They were there when we left home and an hour later they were gone so no one could have stolen them. I assume they fell outward so no tire damage from traveling over them which is great as I just put on replacements for the factory tires.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:59 PM   #5
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mine are held by 4 bolts out of a possible 8 bolts it looks like it could take. still wow that it didnt take out a wheel or worse with it! no damage to the trailer?
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:16 PM   #6
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I looked at mine yesterday. The rod that holds them in place and allows rotation to store; is only held there with press on clips. Rust from road salt can loosen them or make them brittle.

Once one falls off or breaks; the rod will work out and bye-bye steps.
I looked closer today. The "clips" are actually a kind of rivet with a weird closure that I mistook for a clip. Mine is getting rusted after 2 years and is binding. I need to get out there with some grease.
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:13 PM   #7
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I had two pins pop the ends off with people on the steps. Luckily they were not hurt and I replaced them with bolts and seems to work good. Camper is still under warranty but I don't think I'll replace them so the little caps pop off again.
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:07 AM   #8
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I already talked with the tech at my dealer and we are looking at replacing the rivets with bolts. Still waiting for authorization and parts. Luckily there was no damage to the TT or tires. Hope everyone behind me avoided the flying steps but no one chased me down so I assume they did.....
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:40 AM   #9
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Watch your step!!! Lol
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:42 AM   #10
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On our maiden voyage a couple years ago we went through some very nasty weather on the way into Wyoming. Raining and tremendous wind blowing from drivers side of vehicle. Looked in the mirror on time and our steps had been blown out. They were hanging there and luckily the third step had not deployed so there was plenty of clearance. Pulled over and got out...getting thoroughly soaked and put them back in thinking it was a fluke. Well, no more than half a mile down the road and it happened again. This time I grabbed a bungee cord and strapped them down. For a while a kept using the bungee cord but I haven't down that in the past year and thank goodness it hasn't happened since. But I could see how they could pop out on their own...been there, done that!
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