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Old 04-04-2019, 06:36 AM   #1
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Steps sagging

On the final trip last fall, before winter storage, I noticed the entry steps seem to sag on the left side when you stand on them. I measured the difference, and it is a drop of more than 1 inch.

The angle iron that the steps are attached to, does not see to move. Its almost as if the part of the frame that the angle iron attaches to is cracked, and when a load is applied to the step, the piece of angle drops down.

Anyone else have a similar issue. I have removed the steps, and can't see any visible cracks or failed welds along the angle iron.

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Old 04-04-2019, 07:39 AM   #2
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Steps only dip less than 1/2 of an inch, but used to be quite rigid.
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If you look closely you will see the bracket holding the step is welded to the sheet metal box of the inside step and not the coach frame. This box began to rip on my coach. I drilled completely through the box and first inside step and put a carriage bolt from the inside down to bolt the step in. This fixed the sag.

While you have the step off it is a good tole to refresh the paint.
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:02 AM   #4
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Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

Any chance you have photos of the repair you did ?

Do you mean you drilled down from inside the coach ?

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I removed the step, just four nut and bolts and one wire harness. I could then see the damage better. I drilled up from the underside where the step attached through the bottom inside step. You need a six inch drill bit as there is a void between the bracket and the bottom step. Drilling up from the bottom makes sure the bolt will line up with the connection point on the step. No picture as coach is still sleeping for winter.
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Thanks Silver

Ok, I get a visual of the repair.

Couple of questions:

Did you drill and re-inforce both sides ? What about the back of the channel iron ?

Were you able to get this head of the carriage bolt down into the plastic lip on the edge of the coach, or does it stick out ?

Did you remove the plastic finishing, and replace it ?

Did you do anything else to keep the entry lip looking like new ?

I think your solution is great, but would like to have the effectiveness of your idea combined with the appearance of the step as it looks now. Not sure how easy it would be to remove the plastic/rubberized edge covering on the step, and replace it.

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Old 04-08-2019, 09:50 AM   #7
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I has a SOB (some other brand) many years ago that did the same as Silvers.

It already had carriage bolts holding the steps and one of them pulled through.
I'm not sure why, as the wood was not rotten.
I put a washer around the head and drilled and installed another carriage bolt (with a washer) nearby.
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Ok, I get a visual of the repair.

Couple of questions:

Did you drill and re-inforce both sides ? What about the back of the channel iron ?

Were you able to get this head of the carriage bolt down into the plastic lip on the edge of the coach, or does it stick out ?

Did you remove the plastic finishing, and replace it ?

Did you do anything else to keep the entry lip looking like new ?

I think your solution is great, but would like to have the effectiveness of your idea combined with the appearance of the step as it looks now. Not sure how easy it would be to remove the plastic/rubberized edge covering on the step, and replace it.

Thanks Again.
Answers to latest questions.

I installed one carriage bolt, Only at the left side front of the bracket as you are facing the steps. That is the side that was ripped. The right side is still good after ten years.

The bolt came up in the floor of the first step. It did not hit the door frame. My steps have rubber runners glued to a plywood surface. It was easy to get the carriage bolt flush with the wrap of a hammer. The rounded head of the bolt shows but is not a problem for me as I use carpet tread covers.

I did not have to remove anything just drill the hole.

The step is back where is should be. It has been four years and still good and I am a big guy. You cannot see the repair as I have carpet treads but the only thing that would be visible without the treads would be the rounded head of one bolt.

My thought was it was ether this, weld on the frame which I did not want to do. Sometimes electric welders hurt on board electronics if done wrong, or have the step fall off.
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I am having the same issue. I thought it was just my 220 lb 17 yr old running down the stairs causing the problem.
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Here are some photos of the steps prior to being installed. You can see how the channel iron is tack welded to the bottom of the step frame.

I will try to get mine repaired.
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