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Old 06-23-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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I just went to get into my motorhome and the stairs made a God awful sound. A large bolt and washer fell down. The bolt looks like it was sheared off. The stair no longer retract. I thought somebody else on here had the same problem. I had a trip planned. Any thoughts on how long it will take to repair this problem. Thanks all!
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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Sounds like the main pivot bolt has fallen out. Is there threads on one end and a round allen wrench head on the other?
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Sounds like the main pivot bolt has fallen out. Is there threads on one end and a round allen wrench head on the other?
Yes on the Allen head but no threads. The bolt has been sheared off. I have only used this thing a few times.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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That is your main pivot bolt and sounds like it has indeed sheared off. If you look underneath the stairs you will see where the bolt came from and should see the sheared portion still in its socket. That sheared portion has to come out to repair the stairs. You should be able to somehow bind the stairs in the stowed position for traveling if need be. Lippert part number is: 128969. I believe it's a 5/8-14 X 3 1/4 socket head cap screw. The power for the steps should be via a 25 amp fuse at one of your battery terminals.
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That is your main pivot bolt and sounds like it has indeed sheared off. If you look underneath the stairs you will see where the bolt came from and should see the sheared portion still in its socket. That sheared portion has to come out to repair the stairs. You should be able to somehow bind the stairs in the stowed position for traveling if need be. Lippert part number is: 128969. I believe it's a 5/8-14 X 3 1/4 socket head cap screw.
The problem is the sheared part is up in the hole and you can't grab it to get it out.
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Probably going to need an easy out or some such. I don't think it bottoms out and shouldn't be to hard to remove. Just need the proper tool. Did you see I added where the power comes from 25 amp fuse at the battery? This is Sunday and finding some help may be difficult at best.
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Probably going to need an easy out or some such. I don't think it bottoms out and shouldn't be to hard to remove. Just need the proper tool. Did you see I added where the power comes from 25 amp fuse at the battery? This is Sunday and finding some help may be difficult at best.
I wonder what caused that.
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I believe the bolt tends to loosen and then any stress on it (stepping on it) allows what you have. There has been other threads here that talk about what happened to you. I now know to check that bolt for tightness and have installed it with locktite. If you can contact Lippert customer service (look in your literature) they typically can overnight a bolt to your location. Don't know if they are available weekends. Good luck.
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Yes on the Allen head but no threads. The bolt has been sheared off. I have only used this thing a few times.
Open the battery access panel (the inside stairs that come out) and you should be able to grab the other end of the threads and screw it out with a pair of pliers or visegrips. Check the hole in the big gear and make sure it hasn't been worn oblong. You can also get some bungi cords and "tie" the stairs up from inside. It's a little easier than climbing under the RV.
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Open the battery access panel (the inside stairs that come out) and you should be able to grab the other end of the threads and screw it out with a pair of pliers or visegrips. Check the hole in the big gear and make sure it hasn't been worn oblong. You can also get some bungi cords and "tie" the stairs up from inside. It's a little easier than climbing under the RV.
My battery access panel is on the other side of the unit. In have a GT 335. The inside stairs do not come out. (That I know of). I will check the gear. Does anybody have a number for Lipert?
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