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Old 04-21-2019, 04:42 AM   #1
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Loose step rivet pins

Not sure about a lot of brands but these steps have hinge pins that are actually large rivets . They have a rounded head like a stove bolt and when inserted , the opposite end is spread to hold them in place. After 17 years of use , some have become loose. I tried repread them by hold a heavy object against the rounded side and driving with a large punch . Helped a little but till loose . Another problem is the hole is somewhat wallowed out. To fix this
I will need to drill the pin out and replace with a grade 8 bolt and lock nut. Don't think I will have any clearance issues after looking it over. Not sure but might be a bushing perhaps nylon that keeps the pin from rubbing and also acts as a washer. Took gear housing apart, noticed the grease is hard and minimal . Will re grease and re assemble. Click image for larger version

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You might want to look at the old Coach Step assembly. It has bronze bushings. Not sure if you can fit the parts but in place, but I do think nylon will not last. I took apart my Coach Step last summer and had it powder coated. I also found many of the bronze bushings were worn and some were split 13 years old). If you go to Lippert’s website you can download the Coach Step parts list to obtain part number. I ordered my parts from etrailer.
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Replacing with bolts, even with self locking nuts, will still have some play. I just weld the end that’s loose.
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Those look like an Older set of Kwikee 32 series.
I rebuilt a set in November - had the same worn out issues that your experiencing. I disassembled the steps- sandblasted all of the parts and installed a complete Shoulder Bolt with Bronze bushing kit- Now work as New.
Kwikee use to offer a Re-bushing kit but no longer available.
I have part numbers if you want.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:20 AM   #5
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ID:	243005Yeah after disassembly , I see the pins have a shoulder that fits snug in the arm , the expanded ends are where the play is ( where it goes thru step) and you cant weld that or you would have no movement . I did temporarily replace with1/2 inch bolts
but could not find a lock nut so I put two nuts with a lock washer between them on temporarily as well
It tightened up great. Also I thought the washers might have been nylon or some Hard plastic but they are steel . NHRA225 , what are the parts # for you mention? The bronze bushing kit? If so , yes share but I drilled the step hole to 1/2 inch because it was worn oblong anyway so not sure kit will work. The orig setup is somewhat low tech, Kwikee could have spent a bit of money and done this withbushings that would be replaceable rather than having the actual step wear which is not really not repairable as it is unless you were to weld a plug and redrill hole or perhaps drill out as I did and come up with a bushing.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:31 AM   #6
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On the bottom pic I have a pointed hardened piece on my anvil and places t steps on this and hammered a little bit to try to tighten some others up a bit . Worked ok, a ittle tighter and still has movement.
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Search on Craig's List or Market Place for a take off set of steps. I found a set last summer for $40 from a new RV owner that had upgraded to the swing up style.
My original set had worn out after 9 years and even though I had welded them, they were still sloppy.
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Vettenuts , thanks I'll look that up.
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