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Old 06-29-2021, 07:39 PM   #1
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Kwikee Step rust

I stepped out of the motor home the other day and felt the step start to give out. Upon inspection, I found the step was rusted pretty badly under the mat cover the previous owner had put on. Luckily, I was able to get a replacement step ordered and installed before our next trip the day after tomorrow. Click image for larger version

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I am curious on the age of your motorhome and was in the Northern states where they use salt during winter months ?.
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Mine's badly rusted too; the covers cause it. I'm giving it some shots of VHT rust converter, then POR-15 and some filler.
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The motor home is a 2003 Fleetwood Jamboree. We are in Virginia, but I am at least the 3rd owner so Iím not sure of where itís been. Donít think road salt is a big factor, I believe it is the cover that traps the moisture. If you look at the picture with the cover off, there is no rust where the cover wasnít covering. I wonít keep one on the new step.
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Mine's badly rusted too; the covers cause it. I'm giving it some shots of VHT rust converter, then POR-15 and some filler.


I wish I would have known to check this when I first got the motor home.
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The right amount organic matter trapped and replenished in mat and water can rust stuff just like salt. That's why it's good to clean leaves,tree seeds and pine needles ect from under your car/truck hood before breaks down and or falls down in fenders.
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We are full timers and we installed thick carpet type step covers with a rubber bottom on our Kwikee steps years ago. We have no rust at all under them, gives us a 2nd place to wipe our feet off before entering the coach and they are a real safety feature in our book.

My wife had a coworker who slipped on her metal RV steps and fell while entering their RV and ended up fracturing a cheekbone. She now has the same carpet covers on her steps. Her metal steps before had just that partial no slip course area that most steps have. Our type of step covers are also good for those who have pets that like to scamper up the steps and sometimes trip or slip going up, especially when wet.
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