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Old 11-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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On the road and need some advice please!

Driving through construction in Las Cruces, NM last night I clipped a pylon with my bumper and it rolled under the side of my rig, bending the electric step.

I'm sorry I don't know the correct technical terms, but am going to try and describe it the best I can.

The four arms that hang down and hold the step are bent at a 45 degree angle.

The step is not bent.

The motor still works.

The rod at the front of the step that connects to the motor is bent down on the front side. It is bent just enough to have pulled it out of the hole it rides in.

I removed the step, and can straighten the four arms fairly easily with a two pound sledge, but I have no clue how to straighten the rod that runs along the front.

I'm currently traveling through Phoenix, and would like to get it straightened so it doesn't hang down for the rest of my trip.

Any ideas on how to straighten the rod?

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..........can straighten the four arms fairly easily with a two pound sledge, but I have no clue how to straighten the rod that runs along the front.
Any ideas on how to straighten the rod?
If you can remove the rod temporarily you could take it to a shop that would have a vise to hold it to straighten.
A short piece of pipe over the rod to give leverage to straighten.

I'm just guessing since I can't actually see the issue.
Hope this helps you
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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thanks for the reply, I'll go take a look at it right now and see if I can get the rod off
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:07 PM   #4
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There are lots of RV repair shops in and around Phoenix, try a Google search. If you could remove the arm, it would make it easier to straighten with your 2 lb hammer. Perhaps if you can better identify the make, model, number of steps someone else will be able to help you better.

Here's a link to a pretty complete parts supply for most RV steps:

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thanks for the reply, its a 1985 pace arrow, original step, one step configuration. I've called around the area but nobody I have talked to will fix just the bar, they will only replace the whole unit with the motor
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thanks for the reply, its a 1985 pace arrow, original step, one step configuration. I've called around the area but nobody I have talked to will fix just the bar, they will only replace the whole unit with the motor
The labor cost to just repair the step motor actuation shaft is probably more than to completely replace it...
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I had a similar situation last summer. I used a heavy rubber bungee to hold the whole mess in place until we got home. Our step is made by kwikee, as are most. The local parts houses wanted to sell me the whole enchilada. I was able to go to Kwikee website and order individual bits. Hope this helps.
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i know you are on the road but,i would dismount the entire unit one plug,4 to 6 bolts. then drill out the rivets as needed flatten out anything bent. reassemble with ss bolts & nylock nuts.any box store would have this. ps. i can do better over a phone hope this helps.
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