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Old 09-22-2018, 08:46 PM   #1
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Moryde Stair Fail

Heard a loud noise while stopped at toll booth to get my ticket for the Kansas Turnpike. Worried about it for a few miles and stopped for gas at the first opportunity.

Quick scan showed running gear all good. When DW went to open the camper to use the Loo, she about got conked on the head by the folding stairs.

The lower dual strut swivel had snapped off. My guess was the two struts hitting the floor was the noise I heard.

Some roadside repair was needed to get it closed again. The inboard strut kept keeping the ladder from fully retracting.

Quick call to Flagstaff, but they were closed. I have no doubt with a little coordination on Monday, the part I need will be waiting for me at the Grand Canyon Campground next week.
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:21 AM   #2
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That stinks but just glad Laura did not receive the CONK on the head!!!!!
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That stinks but just glad Laura did not receive the CONK on the head!!!!!

That's exactly why my DW won't upgrade our RV steps. She says her luck, she'll be the one opening the door and the steps will fall on her!

Her luck? Although, she has fallen OUT of the RV off the old style steps. Lucky she landed on a full trash bag sitting at the bottom of the steps so, only a minor knee scrape. I however, was retrieving trash for the next 5 minutes.

Glad Laura is OK, she's been through enough!
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:32 PM   #4
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I have done some detective work on the steps.

If you try to use the steps without making sure the feet are perfectly adjusted to whatever the surface angle you are parked on, ALL of a person's weight is on the strut ball threads. Its a perfect shear.

NOT saying she did that; just its possible that's how it happened.
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Old 05-06-2019, 11:54 AM   #5
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A simple repair when this happens. The hard part is you need to work from inside the camper with the ladder in the upright position.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the part that sheared. Good to carry spares.

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Thanks for posting that, Herk.

We finally had a chance to take our new Rockwood 5er out for a one night shake down on Saturday and quickly realized that setting up the steps is a bit finicky. I decided that the best way to set them up is to pull the pins securing the legs/feet, retract the legs, put the steps down so that the threshold is flush (so the screen door will close) and let the legs drop to the ground and then set the pins in.

Do you think even that would be too much weight on the strut ball threads?
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Never put weight on the stair without the legs being in firm contact with the ground.
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Never put weight on the stair without the legs being in firm contact with the ground.
So you think even just their own weight would put too much stress on those strut ball posts?
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No, their own weight is no problem.

Add a hundred plus pounds by stepping on it unsupported, and there is the problem.
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No, their own weight is no problem.

Add a hundred plus pounds by stepping on it unsupported, and there is the problem.
Thanks. I wouldn't do that intentionally.

I've put that ball stud kit on my Amazon.com wishlist for a future cross-border shopping trip. That US$12 kit will probably cost me CAD$35 by the time I bring it back across the border but Amazon.ca wants CAD$55.58 for that kit!
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