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Old 06-29-2014, 06:05 PM   #1
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Inadvertant improvement mod....

Well, it was bound to happen. We pulled our fifth wheel over a very windy, bumpy section of road and at the suggestion of my DW, I stopped to check to make sure nothing got loose inside, everything OK so I hopped back into the truck and proceeded down the road. About 40 miles down the road a flagger at a construction zone stopped me and told me my folding step was still out....at least what was left of it. Yep, forgot to fold it back up and the bottom step was sheared off. Bought a new complete folding step, same brand, from an RV place for $150 and installed it myself. Turns out the new step is MUCH nicer than the old one, it is sturdier and the steps are slightly deeper, just enough so that it makes climbing in and out with my replaced hip and surgerized knee way easier and the DW likes it, as do the dogs. Who knew they put the cheapest most unergonomic steps on these things at the factory??

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Who knew they put the cheapest most unergonomic steps on these things at the factory??

Certainly not me.

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Salesman would call them an "upgrade", and then charge you more.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:18 PM   #4
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That's shocking!! We spent 6 months out of 12 close to the ocean in CA the last 7 years. On our 2007 5'r we replaced every outside screw with stainless steel screws (almost 400), we did the same on our 2012 5'r. It didn't cost me that much for the screws when you buy them by the box, probably less than $100. When you use as many screws as these manufacturers what would it really cost them to use stainless steel? Just wondered. . . . .
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My steps were stiff and sticky - I lubed them over and over with no help. My son took my trailer to a weekend concert and as he was pulling into the parking spot, he cut too close and hit the bumper of a pickup...the bumper took out the fender flare and his ball hitch just hit the steps, no damage, however, now the steps work great! A little heavy handed repair, but a good one!

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