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Old 06-17-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Front Steps Sliding Open During Travel

On a recent trip to the Keystone State I noticed my front tri-fold steps were sliding out when I made a hard left turn after a stop. The rear steps did not have this problem.

I looked at the rear steps for a comparison,they look the same.

Has anyone experienced this problem.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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The only time mine came out were in a strong side wind. A neighbor with a Rockwood experienced the same thing. I've taken to putting a bungee cord through them. Nothing worse that looking in your mirror and see your steps sticking out just waiting to hit something!
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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The only time mine came out were in a strong side wind. A neighbor with a Rockwood experienced the same thing. I've taken to putting a bungee cord through them. Nothing worse that looking in your mirror and see your steps sticking out just waiting to hit something!
X2 Strong wind. First time I used duct tape (all I had). Now use bungee.
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I think its happened to many at one time or another.

I had a flagstaff that did it on occasion in strong side winds from the passenger side but my sabre has yet to do it.
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Mine did it w/o wind, just on turns alone. I use 18" bungee to hold in place with extras in tool box.
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Mine has done exactly the same thing for no apparent reason. I've now towed it a couple of times since it happened and no problem. It only seems to happen to the front steps on my TT.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:47 PM   #7
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Don't make left turns.... lol
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:56 PM   #8
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My steps opened on their own for no apparent reason. Now I put 2 strong bungee cords around them when I'm traveling. Now if I could just remember to put the handrail in when I pull out.
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My steps opened on their own for no apparent reason. Now I put 2 strong bungee cords around them when I'm traveling. Now if I could just remember to put the handrail in when I pull out.
x2. I just saw it the other day in the mirror!
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Do you still have rivets for pivots on the steps?
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Don't make left turns.... lol


HEY now! Whatchu talkin' 'bout?

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Ditto on the bungee chord solution.
Love the turn left reference for Nascar! What a scream!
What can you say while watching cars go in a circle hundreds of times, but....Left! Left! Turn Left! Phew! Left...Turn Left! Phew!
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What do you mean "rivets for pivots on the steps?". I'll probably just bunjie front & back steps on all future trips.
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What do you mean "rivets for pivots on the steps?". I'll probably just bunjie front & back steps on all future trips.
The individual steps pivot from the stow to open position. Those pivots are rivets. Drill them out and replace with either 1/4" or 5/16" ss bolts, washers & nylock nuts.
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HEY now! Whatchu talkin' 'bout?

We gotz our tickets and CG reservations made for BRISTOL!

NASCAR!

Geaux fast, turn left!
Strangely enough, if memory serves me correctly I think I saw a redneck style race a while back...a couple cars with TT's and one with a boat in tow. Not sure but I think I saw it on Speed.
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The individual steps pivot from the stow to open position. Those pivots are rivets. Drill them out and replace with either 1/4" or 5/16" ss bolts, washers & nylock nuts.
Probably smart. On my old TT (well 3 years old) the rivets starting to fail. Of course one time while I was on the way out and the two lower steps completely gave way. Luckily I was near grass and kept my balance and just ran out onto it. Ended up replacing them with bolts/washer/nuts. Probably need to be proactive with the new trailer. Although I have gotten a step support and use it under the bottom step to keep as much of the downward pressure off the steps as possible.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:36 AM   #17
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Glad I found this thread, thought I was alone...I just started having the same problem. When it was new and tight it was fine, but now mine opens (not when I turn) when I hit a large bump or stretch of bumpy road. So I too now use a bungee cord. Sounds like I better get a color coordinated one as it appears this is going to be a permanent fixture ;-)

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