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Old 09-07-2008, 04:54 AM   #1
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Read about adjusting the cams on the steps. Checked the manual on how to and did this.It did not help the mushyness or give in my steps.

In checking, when the wife steps on the steps, the metal plate that the steps are attached to gives and causes the steps to go down and be mushy.
Tried to tighten the four bolts and they were tight. The metal is giving for sure. Anybody experienced this and what is the fix short of removing the steps and reinforcing the plate?
After parking I use an adjustable stand under the steps. Thanks
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:54 AM   #2
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Read about adjusting the cams on the steps. Checked the manual on how to and did this.It did not help the mushyness or give in my steps.

In checking, when the wife steps on the steps, the metal plate that the steps are attached to gives and causes the steps to go down and be mushy.
Tried to tighten the four bolts and they were tight. The metal is giving for sure. Anybody experienced this and what is the fix short of removing the steps and reinforcing the plate?
After parking I use an adjustable stand under the steps. Thanks
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Old 09-07-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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I was told that almost all of the step bolts tend to pull thru the upper support.I removed the 4 nuts & dropped the steps.I placed a 1/4 " thick steel plate with matching holes for the bolts that was large enough so that it could be welded along the edges to some of the steel supports. Put nuts on the bolts before you put the plate up and adjust them so they contact the plate & the plate is level with the door.I secured the plate with 4 other nuts & drove to a local welding shop. Put the steps back on, the new support worked well. The steps them selves do have some give though.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:25 AM   #4
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I had the same problem. I planned on using a hole saw to cut a hole above the bolts for tightening. When I cut the hole I found that the bolts were actually tack welded to the plate. What had happened was the sheet metal that the steps are attached to had actually tore. I pounded everything back in place, welded the tear, then cut a 16 ga sheet to slightly larger then the step mounting, drilled it to pass the mounting bolts and then welded it in place.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:40 AM   #5
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Very common problem on these coaches. Winnebago put out a bulletin on this in 2004, I believe, when they redisigned the well with two C-Channels inside it as a reinforcement.

I removed the bottom tread in the stepwell and cut out an access hole 1 inch smaller that the step with a sawzall. I did all my repairs from above with 3/16 inch thick steel angle. Used stainless steel fasteners in place of the originals.

Glued the tread onto a piece of plywood and just laid it back in place so I can have easy access to the bolts when I need to.
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:22 AM   #6
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Neil, would it be possible to e-mail me some pictures also how did you remove the tread?
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Glad to know that I am not the only one with the problem, now to get it fixed as easy as possible. I can always depend on you guys for some answers. Thanks
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:49 PM   #7
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Here's one more way to fix the mushy steps. I used two pieces of 2" steel angle iron about 8" long and several 3/8" lag screws. The two screws on the end attach to the aluminum frame that runs along the outside of the storage/step area. The alum frame running front to back is where the strength is & that is working good for us for about a year now. The picture shows only one of the two (painted red) brackets I added.
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:12 PM   #8
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Here are some pictures of the tearing of the step mount on our 1999 Brave

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Old 09-11-2008, 11:26 AM   #9
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Not to change the subject, but my steps are not retracting all the way up. Does anyone know what to adjust or how to adjust them? They only come up about 3/4 of the way unless I help them. Thanks, Rig
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rigrunner...Try lubing all the pivot points. Many times that is all it takes to get them working again.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:01 PM   #11
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I had the same problem on my 02 and had to have step removed, and had mechanic weld the area where the bolts are because it was torn, then he cut pieces of 1/8" metal plate and drilled it for bolts then welded the plate to the step plate, then put the step back in place. Not a good design for sure. Original bolts are spot welded into the original plate.

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Old 09-18-2008, 01:17 AM   #12
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Really did not know the metal the steps attach to was a problem on these coaches. Thanks to all who replied telling me of the problem and offering advice on how to remedy it.

We have a great welding shop in our area, installs hitches, base plates on toads, wiring etc. You name it they have it in stock, most often.

Went to them they looked , saw, welded a couple of flat plates, one hour from start to finish at most and because they are friends I left not very light in the pocketbook. I have not looked to see what they done, but the steps are RIGID and don't give at all. When I look ,, I will let you know what the solution was. Thanks to all of you, You always come through.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:21 AM   #13
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ichn2go:
Really did not know the metal the steps attach to was a problem on these coaches. Thanks to all who replied telling me of the problem and offering advice on how to remedy it.

We have a great welding shop in our area, installs hitches, base plates on toads, wiring etc. You name it they have it in stock, most often.

Went to them they looked , saw, welded a couple of flat plates, one hour from start to finish at most and because they are friends I left not very light in the pocketbook. I have not looked to see what they done, but the steps are RIGID and don't give at all. When I look ,, I will let you know what the solution was. Thanks to all of you, You always come through. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Glad you got it taken care of. I have seen too many of these out there and most people think it is just the step out of adjustment. Just make sure they cleaned everything up, primed and painted afterwards. Welded metal tends to rust a lot faster and you don't need a bloom of rust to deal with.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:48 AM   #14
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A dumb question, but how did you get the rubber tread off the step? I'm thinking dynamite, but then the steps would not be a big problem.
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