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Old 10-07-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Georgetown Steps

Six months ago the entry steps started slipping and grinding on both in and out operations. I disassembled the step cam bolt shown here to the left of the black pivot bolt, it was wobbling loose. Made sure it was clean and dry and then reassembled with max torque. I then put witness marks on the bolt in silver and black to keep an eye on it. As of today everything is fine, the step maker just didn't assemble the cam bolt tight. The grinding by the way led to shear failure of the bolt which in many units had happen. The steps then would swing in and out without control.
The left picture shows the arrangement of these spherical end rod bearings. the two are coupled to drive the large rotary shaft which is the step driver.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads-up on that. I'll be takng a look at mine before I put it away for the winter. AAMOI, what year is your rig?

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:19 PM   #3
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If you have the GT model that is the Lippert three step type, and not a newer model GT, you may want to check with the factory to see if they will replace or at least offer some help with replacement.

Older Lippert steps should be replaced. I've stepped down two times and they "gave way" on me.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:33 PM   #4
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I had bolts sheer off third step, finally after too much wobble, had bottom step removed. Made in China junk.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:46 AM   #5
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I just pulled my steps apart from top to bottom. I had 2 bolts shear off at 2 different times. What I found was that the bushings, bolts and brackets were freezing (oxidation etc) up due to the lack of lubrication. The bolts seemed to be breaking due to the torque and the lack of them being able to move freely in the bushings. I bought several new bolts,bushings and nuts from Lippert (by the way it's cheaper buying by the piece than an assembly) and installed them lubricating the bushings inside and out with a small amount of grease. No more squeeks, moves nice and free.

The other thing I did since they are so well painted (not really) from the factory is I took a heat gun and removed the anti slip strips, cleaned the excess glue off with thinner, scraped and knocked off the loose paint, wired brushed them, painted 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Rust Resolver primer, excellent stuff, and then painted 3 coats of Rust-Oleum gloss black. If I had thought earlier I would have used their bed liner product instead of the paint.

The steps used by Forest River are made by a division of Lippert Industries which is a giant holding company that makes many products for many RV manufacturers.

For those of you who put your steps (RV) away for the winter I would pull (1/2" wrench and socket) each bolt out and stick a little grease on the shoulder of the stair bolts and inside the bushing. For those of you who don't to take the time to do this I suggest spraying area where the bushings are with WD40 or equal liberaly. Run the steps in and out and hopefully you'll get some lubrication in where the shoulder of the bolt and the bushing runs against each other.
I did buy some new anti slip strip from Home Depot and insytalled it on each step
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:11 AM   #6
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Our gear drive plate has teeth ground away at the steps closed up position. Did you have that problem? When the steps close to the travel position they chatter against the drive motor gear, hopping & slipping. I have a new drive plate to install. The allen head long bolt is very tight. I broke a 3/8" drive extention pulling on that bolt & it has not moved. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:26 PM   #7
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Yes view the pics at the top of this thread the ball stud just left of the pivot bolt was the cause of grinding and often the bolt would shear. Its easist to detect with witness marks or watch from below. When it wobbles everything else is overloaded. BTY the pivot hex bolt is usually seal welded. Last point you must lube often these are open gears subject to road grime

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