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Old 06-18-2018, 12:22 PM   #1
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Step Sag

I have a 2000 Chieftain 35U in great shape, considering...
My electric steps were replaced a year ago after I drove the RV through my fence unaware that the steps hadn't closed. My new stairs are fine, but they sag considerably. I called Winnebago and they suggested I install stiffe ners to the chassis . I don't weld, so I am looking advice on where to place "stiffeners" without mucking up the stair movement. Please help. I can take the RV to a local shop that does good welding but would like to hear from y'all first to learn any tricks, etc.
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I think you'll have to determine exactly where the movement is occurring. If that movement can be stopped by screwing or bolting a plate or strap to the moving pieces, you won't need a welder. If it's something that was cracked by damaging the old steps, perhaps a welding shop can strengthen it with a bead of weld.

Years ago an old bus I owned had steps that moved when boarding. I was able to use angle iron bolted under and behind the steps to make them good as new. At that time I didn't have a welder, so steel and bolts did the job.
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:52 PM   #3
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I added two pieces of 1.5 in angle iron, about 6-7 inches long each, one on each side, on the front edge to the frame side, using 1/4 in lag screws, no welding. That was about 10 yrs ago and still holding strong.
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Here's a pic of my install. The angle iron I found just happened to be painted red it kind of stands out for the pic. There's an matching angle iron on the other side that can't be seen in this pic. I didn't have to remove the step assy, just drill holes for the screws and add the bracket. My steps are mounted directly to the bottom of the battery compartment. Your configuration could be different.
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