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Old 05-05-2015, 09:08 PM   #1
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How many of you have obliterated your Kwickee step and just yanked it?

Sooo, we went all the way from East TN, to Breaux Bridge La for he mudbug festival. Then a run down to NOLA to visit family in the uptown vicinity. Nope, not a scratch, dent or even many Lovebugs. But wait.............., drove all the way home and 75' from the house managed to catch a tree root in my driveway on the Kwickee step and mangle it up into a pretzel........





I pulled it off today and the damage is fixable, but then the little voice that I usually ignore said..."Dude, just leave the thing off and use one of those aluminium platforms Camping World or fleabay sells".




Anywhoo, we are tall folks...6'4/5'11 and taking a big step at a gas station or rest stop is no biggie. Throwing down a platform at a campground seems the way to go.......thoughts?
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I'm liking this one since it is adjustable in height....ground to RV is 19", so a 9" step/platform would be the correct height:
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:16 PM   #4
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I think the inconvenience of putting down a separate step will get old after awhile. It's really your call, but I would replace the step with another fixed step.
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Found it on Amazon for $57 shipped....I'll give it a try:
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This is not the first time this step has been bent up. When I bought the coach it was already pre-pretzled but functioning. After crawling under there and removing it, I see it has a pretty elaborate framing system to mount everything. So possibly it is just hanging lower than it really should, or it malfunctioned and the step was <out> since that is the position it is in now. I can't see how it could have caught and bent and at the same time pulled the tread out to the extended position...seems like it should have crumpled the step in it's retracted position...if it was retracted. At the last gas stop I did not even deploy the step, so I am not sure how this happened.
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You should have stayed down here.
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Ours and a friends were wonky.

The general design is fine but not great.

Picked up a similar unit same size and brand but a little different in layout and used it for prototype.

Made new arms as they were bent but we made 2 sets and doubled them so much stronger.

Added axles to arms so both arms now linked together so steps stay straight

Axles to both long arms and short ones.

Made bushings from large round stock so they last.

Capped ends of axles and added zerks to ends and holes where bushings are to allow geasing simple.

Steps come down straight and solid.

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Personally I like the auto step and would not want to carry around another thing to put down on the ground. I would probably drive away at some point and leave the step sitting there.
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You should have stayed down here.
Ain't that the truth......but there is a reason I can't live in south "Lusiana" anymore.....I would weight over 500 lbs.....man do I miss the food


I'm going to keep the pretzel in my storage shed and try the portable step. If, after a trip or two I miss the auto step, I will drag it back out and spend a day straightening it back out & re-mounting it. If I don't miss it, I will put the articulator & electronic brain up in the classifieds here since they are still in working order.
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we could probably do without ours altogether - our unit sits so low, especially when you drop the air bags, that many times it just gets in the way - might just remove it and carry a small step for when it's really needed (?) .... maybe.
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