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Old 02-18-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Location: In the desert
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Step support

I noticed that step into our 5th wheel flexed a bit when being used. We are fulltiming for a bit and I want the rig to last as long as I can get it to without having to replace items like steps. I figured that the more the steps were used and the more flexing they did that the quicker I would have a problem at some point in the future. I looked at camping supply stores but did not find anything that looked like it would work for my application, so I decided to make my own.

I started with a 24" piece of 1/2" schedule 40 white PVC, two 1/2" T's, four 1/2" PVC slip plugs, two 12" ready bolts in 1/2" size, 2 flat washers and 6 hex nuts. The total cost was less than $7 at Home Depot. I started by using my dremel to cut a groove in the nut that would fit the metal portion of the step frame edge. Then I double-nut locked the grooved nut so that the groove was at the same height as the end of the ready bolt.

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I cut the 24" PVC in half to make the vertical supports, added another nut to the ready bolt for height adjustment, slid on a flat washer and slid the ready bolt assembly into the PVC. I also added a T to the end of the PVC to make the base, then plugged the T to keep gravel and insects out of the T.

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After getting the coach level, I just lift up slightly on the step, use the bottom nut to adjust the height, add a bit of tension and release the step.

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The steps are much more solid now and not putting as much pressure or flexing action on the step frame. It looks just a bit red-neck, but it works, and I have been accused of being a red-neck before anyway.
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