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Old 09-05-2007, 12:06 PM   #1
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My friend asked me to post this and I've made a few edits:

"A few weeks ago, a friend came to visit in her 1998 Winnebago Adventurer. At a state park she visited, she pulled out with her entry steps extended and they hit a pole and got severely bent and wouldn't retract.

To make a long story short, I determined that the steps with the 1998 version of the Kwickee steps I have on my 2005 Bounder. I sought help from a friend who operated heavy equipment until he retired and he showed me (on my Bounder) the 4 bolts and the electrical connection and told me to remove the entire step assembly and bring it to him.

So, I unhooked the electrical connection and removed the bolts with a socket wrench and took the entire unit to my friend.

He took an oxyacetaline torch to it, heated the steel bars and worked them with truck screwdrivers and a ball peen hammer until they were straightened out. He then let them cool, sprayed them with black enamel paint, loaded them in the car and I took them back to my friends' motor home and put them back on. We then used some silicone lubricant on the bushings and THEY WORKED AGAIN. The savings were probably $1,000 but I now know that entry steps CAN be repaired if they're not too far gone.

Happy Camping!"

Written by Hal R. in Saratoga Springs, NY and posted by Nadyne Nelson (the friend who foolishly trashed her steps!)
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:06 PM   #2
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My friend asked me to post this and I've made a few edits:

"A few weeks ago, a friend came to visit in her 1998 Winnebago Adventurer. At a state park she visited, she pulled out with her entry steps extended and they hit a pole and got severely bent and wouldn't retract.

To make a long story short, I determined that the steps with the 1998 version of the Kwickee steps I have on my 2005 Bounder. I sought help from a friend who operated heavy equipment until he retired and he showed me (on my Bounder) the 4 bolts and the electrical connection and told me to remove the entire step assembly and bring it to him.

So, I unhooked the electrical connection and removed the bolts with a socket wrench and took the entire unit to my friend.

He took an oxyacetaline torch to it, heated the steel bars and worked them with truck screwdrivers and a ball peen hammer until they were straightened out. He then let them cool, sprayed them with black enamel paint, loaded them in the car and I took them back to my friends' motor home and put them back on. We then used some silicone lubricant on the bushings and THEY WORKED AGAIN. The savings were probably $1,000 but I now know that entry steps CAN be repaired if they're not too far gone.

Happy Camping!"

Written by Hal R. in Saratoga Springs, NY and posted by Nadyne Nelson (the friend who foolishly trashed her steps!)
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Nadyne, welcome to iRV2.

How fortunate to know someone with the tools and knowledge to make such a repair.
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