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Old 07-12-2018, 02:32 PM   #1
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She backed into the steps!

Likely my fault for leaving the steps out while parked in the driveway, however who would have guessed the DW would back in to the drive next to the RV and (apparently) not use her side mirrors!

She came in quite distressed to say she was sorry. I asked for what and she said for ruining the RV steps. Well, not sure they are 'ruined' but they do not return on their own now and have to be pushed back into place. The entire steel frame supporting the two steps are bent to the left slightly. They don't actually rub against the vehicle but it is close. They come out OK but will not retract completely on their own.

My question is, since this has likely never happened to anyone on this forum before, any suggestions?

I was thinking of using a come along winch to try and pull it back into being a little more straight. Appreciate any other thoughts.

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Old 07-12-2018, 02:46 PM   #2
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Thats a good start. You might be successful. If not the replacement steps are not that costly. Just save the the step motor, gears and controller and mount them on the new steps. Get the kwikee greaseun the can. It really helps on any binding parts.

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Old 07-12-2018, 03:28 PM   #3
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Have seen many bent steps in my life of RVing.
Just un-bolt the whole step assembly, then you can straighten each part which is bent.
Some companies used rivets, drill them out (they wear out anyway) and use stainless steel bolts and lock nuts for assembly.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:37 PM   #4
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Took my steps out on a big boulder in our front yard. Don't leave steps out any more lol!
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:58 PM   #5
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When my Trailer is parked in my driveway. If I have ANYTHING OPEN, I place Orange cones around so people can see them BEFORE they even begin to pull into my driveway.

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Old 07-12-2018, 03:59 PM   #6
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Tell your wife all is OK.. Seems many ( males) have made the same mistake
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:09 PM   #7
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Don’t be too hard on her...that way first time you do something boneheaded she will be understanding so just Bank it and go on. ��

Now as far as the steps. These things are very important to be working 100% or your trips won’t be fun.

Like others have said, I would pull them off and buy a brand new replacement and install them so your back to new again.

Then keep the old one for spare parts in the future...motor, control, light, wiring, etc.

Or like someone said you can just buy a new frame and use your old electrics. ETrailer has them.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:32 PM   #8
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This might be the one...be sure and check the model number underneath the steps. Good luck!
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:57 PM   #9
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If you can take them off. A hammer and something that is flat and solid like a piece of flat steel, can be used to pound it back into shape. An adjustable wrench works good for bending metal too. It might work well or you end up replacing it, but certainly could be worth trying. If it works you have saved money, if not remember it could have been worse.
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I agree with trying to straighten them first. Can always buy new.

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