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Old 07-06-2016, 09:16 PM   #1
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Fastening Hardware on the Steps

Has anyone seen this rivet fail? Just got back from a trip in our 2013 34 RLSA, and found the rivet on the right side of the steps missing. Put a temporary fix on it, but it's not the correct one.


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A bolt of the same size with two washers and a nylon nut should hold just as well.
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Lippert uses cheap-ass aluminum rivets that shear off at the scissor. I was carrying a case of wine up the steps and on the way back down empty handed the top step let go. I'm 6'4 and 260 lbs. If I was carrying that case and it broke I would have gotten perty banged up. I drilled out and replaced all the junk with Grade 8 bolts, washers and nylock nuts. No more issues.
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You might check to see if there is a recall on them


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Old 07-07-2016, 12:12 PM   #5
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Replaced it with 1/4-20 stainless hardware with a self-locking nut. Seems to be doing the job! Thanks for the input.

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Mark,

If you haven't done so....replace them all. They will all shear off at some point.
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I agree with rattleNsmoke. I replaced all of mine with grade 8 bolts and nylon lock nuts.
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Has anyone seen this rivet fail? Just got back from a trip in our 2013 34 RLSA, and found the rivet on the right side of the steps missing. Put a temporary fix on it, but it's not the correct one.


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Put it on your list of fixes for Goshen, perhaps you'll get a new set of steps.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:37 PM   #9
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I noticed that the left side was also about to let go. They look like aluminum pop rivets. Not what I would use.....

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I replaced all the rivets with Gr 8 bolts and nyloc nuts. Stainless will not rust, but they are still soft.
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