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Old 04-19-2012, 11:13 AM   #21
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UH OH! I googled lippert steps and came up with this article this morning.

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RV tech sues Forest River, Lippert Components after fall down steps
Greg Gerber posted on July 16, 2010 09:56

Article mentions a "recall" on the steps. Anyone have any info on a Lippert step recall?

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Old 04-19-2012, 11:48 AM   #22
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I'm not big on suing but having slipped myself when the step broke, I understand that a person could be injured. When I get a chance I'm going to contact Lippert tech support and ask if the steps can use curved arm versus the bolt. I'm antsy every time I have to use the step without a support under it. The springiness reminds me of the break and my slip.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:49 PM   #23
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You can see the bolt that sheered on off mine in this picture from Iggy's album.

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The bolt is the one that has a head that you tighten with an allen wrench. It goes into a nut that is welded to the frame of the step. The nut is much smaller then the bolt so the threaded end is much smaller and that is where mine sheered off. The broken part has to be drilled out so the new one can go in.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:51 PM   #24
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Lawfive.......Ditto! Not a proponent of suing either. I've had no loss or damages to sue for, nor would I do it unless catastrophic.

My only mention of the lawsuit was to bring forth the article for review....especially the mention of a recall. If/when you contact Lippert Industries, a mention might be made of a recall on the steps, if any.

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Old 04-20-2012, 09:12 AM   #25
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I have gotten a response from Lippert customer service and sent them pictures of the bolt so we'll see what the alternative is. I will gladly pay for the arm I saw in use if it fits. Feeling safe on the stairs is worth it. If I get it going will take plenty of before and after pictures along with part details etc.

Got my fingers crossed.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:58 PM   #26
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Lippert 3 step assembly

Recently hearing "grinding" coming from the steps during some spring maintenance. Watched step operation in and out and noted the ball stud assembly in the gear plate was slipping at the end of the stroke in both directions and grinding the heck out of each. I took it apart and of couse there was no torque holding the nut. Cleaned all surfaced and torqued with hand tools tight. Now quiet and normal, even took some slop from the steps. Wondering if this helps lead to the stair collaspe? The slip was caused by the ball and socket "two blocking" by misalignment.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:55 PM   #27
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Electric Step Maintenance

Here is a copy of the step maintenance.
It does talk about any nut/bolt that is removed should use loctite when reinstalling. (Last Page top)
It also has lots of warning messages
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Here is a copy of the step maintenance.
It does talk about any nut/bolt that is removed should use loctite when reinstalling. (Last Page top)
It also has lots of warning messages
Thanks Iggy, missed that detail in that otherwise joke pamphlet. I"ll still check that bolt after every few uses, If its been shearing off (3/8) diameter studs, as so many have stated, something is wrong with this picture. BTW there was no evidence of any thread lock, fine threads were quite clean and disassembled easy. 9/16" open wrenches fit top and bottom.
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Thanks Iggy, missed that detail in that otherwise joke pamphlet. I"ll still check that bolt after every few uses, If its been shearing off (3/8) diameter studs, as so many have stated, something is wrong with this picture. BTW there was no evidence of any thread lock, fine threads were quite clean and disassembled easy. 9/16" open wrenches fit top and bottom.
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Your welcome Vince. With the amount of discussion I think it is one are needing to be watched.

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As a third thought, Will paint a thin line across the flats of the nut, the end of ball stud and the rotating quad gear. If it doesn't stay in line, somethin's wrong! Just for kicks will mark the gear center fasteners also
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