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Redwolf Journeys - Repairs - Kwikee Step

Posted 10-14-2020 at 04:38 PM by Red Wolf

Our electric entry steps were looking bad, with visible rust spots and paint blistering.

So - time to strip it and repaint it.

Pulling it off the coach is fairly simple - unplug the wiring and ground wire, and then remove four bolts. I had the steps extended for this to give access to the bolts, and used a bottle jack to hold it in place as I removed them.

At home I removed the clevis pin that attaches the motor pivot arm to the stairs, and then removed all of the electronics.

Lots of sanding, wire wheeling, and power washing removed the bad paint and rust.

I used POR-15's products for the rustproofing. I've used it before on the 5th wheel. This is a slow setting black super-glue, essentially - it's a cyanoacrylate paint. It's self leveling to a point. POR-15 recommends a disposable paint brush, but don't get some cheap rough bristled job for that - it'll just leave streaks. Best to use a good higher quality brush, or a paint roller. I used both. This stuff is really strong once it's dried, but is UV sensitive - it needs a top coat. I used POR's top coat in chassis black - it's kind of a satin finish, not shiny but not flat.

To finish it off I put on new 3M Safety Walk adhesive tread - it's the same stuff that was on the steps originally.

Reattaching got a little tricky. I had the steps extended so the mounting plate was higher, and just tilted it forward and lifted until the back bolts lined up. Once I had the nuts on the ends of those, pushed up the front and got those bolts in, shifted it side to side a bit to center, then tightened. The tricky/frustrating part was the the motor arm and the step attachment point wasn't lining up - no matter how I tried, the clevis was not going in. I ended up loosening the bolts for the motor assembly to get a little slack, and was able to get the clevis pin in, and just retightened the motor housing bolts afterwards.

By the way - new steps run about $325. Sandblasting, priming, and powder coating quotes came back averaging $350.
Painting it ended up costing under $90.

Will it last forever? No, but it'll last a few years at least.
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