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Old 05-13-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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Kwikee Lippert Entry Steps

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Got stuck in the mud pretty bad at my cousins ranch in Alabama, and while being pulled out by 2 tractors, I bend the steps.

Now I am going to grind off the air pressed rivets at the pivot points, straighten out the step connections, and put it back together. Anyone know what kind/size rivets? Can I use a heavy duty rivet hand tool or must be pneumatic? Can I use bolts/bushings instead?

Any help/tips appreciated.
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Old 05-13-2018, 04:33 PM   #2
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I would forget the rivets and use gr 8 bolts and nylock nuts.
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Old 05-13-2018, 04:53 PM   #3
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I would forget the rivets and use gr 8 bolts and nylock nuts.
Afraid that regular bolt heads and/or nuts (depending which one is used inside/outside) stick out to much when it retracts. I think that's why you see that flat rivet head on the inside...
Maybe a flat head socket bolt... Or button head bolt?
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Afraid that regular bolt heads and/or nuts (depending which one is used inside/outside) stick out to much when it retracts. I think that's why you see that flat rivet head on the inside...
Maybe a flat head socket bolt... Or button head bolt?
I would still use the gr8 bolts and just grind the heads if necessary.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:55 PM   #5
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The rivets are steeped rivets, they have a shoulder on them. The step mfg dose make a step bolt replacement.

Good luck.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:59 PM   #6
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I did OC's recommendation on my previous camper when the rivets began to fail. No issues and ground down the excess.
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Went with OldCoot as well.

Took steps apart by grinding off all the rivets and replaced with grade 8 3/8 (16) x 1 1/4 bolts, with oil impregnated bronze bushings/sleeves to reduce 1/2 to 3/8 (hole size at the step part, hole size at linkage is 3/8), locked with flanged grade 8 nylon nuts. Straightened all the bent linkages, repainted. Steps work and look like new!

Replaced the motor as well.

Will show some pics later

Thanks all!
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