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Old 06-05-2012, 07:30 AM   #41
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My steps broke 3 weeks ago, main pivot bolt sheared off. Removed steps & found that it was tack welded to keep it from backing out. These are made by LCI . I will be picking up my replacement steps this Friday. Sounds like an all to common issue. Its not a field repairable item (until the warranty runs out). We have only been on 1 trip with it & fortunately it broke at my house. It did not just collapse but got real spongy when extended that's what made me look underneath & see that the bolt was cocked.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:20 PM   #42
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My steps broke 3 weeks ago, main pivot bolt sheared off. Removed steps & found that it was tack welded to keep it from backing out. These are made by LCI . I will be picking up my replacement steps this Friday. Sounds like an all to common issue. Its not a field repairable item (until the warranty runs out). We have only been on 1 trip with it & fortunately it broke at my house. It did not just collapse but got real spongy when extended that's what made me look underneath & see that the bolt was cocked.
Did you contact your dealer or Lippert or Forest River to get replacement steps?
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I went through the dealer to get the replacement steps. No argument from them as a matter of fact they ordered the new steps without even seeing the broken ones. Went off my word about what bolt had broken. When the new set arrives this Friday I will go swap them out. Thats a 700 dollar set of steps with no argument fom any of the involved parties, so It must be a common issue.
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Could all this be prevended if lubed eveytime you use your MH?? just my 2cents.but I will check mine also just in case want no proplems on my trip to Arizona starting next week. Be SAVE
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Could all this be prevended if lubed eveytime you use your MH?? just my 2cents.but I will check mine also just in case want no proplems on my trip to Arizona starting next week. Be SAVE
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That was one of the 1st things done to the unit when I purchased it, I crawled under it with my creeper , can of silicone & grease gun. Lubed it from front to back & eyeballed everything , looking for anything that may be suspect. The steps got the most attention since this my 1st unit with electric steps. I just moved over from the 5th wheel group for the past 10 years.
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Loose bracket found

Here is a picture of my step underside. I found a loose bolt and bracket on the main arm. Can anyone tellme what is it for and what position should it be in before I tighten.
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I noticed that on mine to, I did not notice of mine was loose though. Its not used to adjust the cams or the throw on the steps. I will be home in the morning & re-look at my old ones since they are off the coach. I looked at the set up instructions & it makes no reference to it. Maybe someone else on here will know. In the mean time I will continue to see what i can find out.
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I noticed that on mine to, I did not notice of mine was loose though. Its not used to adjust the cams or the throw on the steps. I will be home in the morning & re-look at my old ones since they are off the coach. I looked at the set up instructions & it makes no reference to it. Maybe someone else on here will know. In the mean time I will continue to see what i can find out.
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I also found this document on Lippert s website about the step bolt that keep breaking. Not sure if it true or not but more information about replacing the hex nut bolt.

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Have you considered using a Gr 8 bolt? They are a lot stronger than a Gr 2 or Gr 5. A Gr 8 bolt will have 6 hash marks on the head, a 5 will have 3 and a 2 will have none.
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