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Old 10-26-2015, 10:15 AM   #1
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Aluminum Steps

Hi, We did a preliminary walk through on our new 29.5 BHDS this weekend, and I noticed on the new aluminum steps, when entering the rv, the steps flexed a lot to the left when stepping on the bottom step. The dealer will be looking at this, but I was curious if anyone else that had the alum. steps has or had this issue too?


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Old 10-26-2015, 10:34 AM   #2
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You need a whole lot more volume of aluminum to match the strength of steel. Yes, you will still be lighter in weight. But the construction has to be very different to get the rigidity that steel usually possesses.

Also make sure that the steps are attached firmly to the RV's frame.

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Can you check the step supplier's specs to see their max load for that particular step?

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Old 10-26-2015, 02:45 PM   #4
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My aluminum 4 step is rock solid... I'm 240+.
I was checking out other models of my rig at the dealer the other day and one of them had the steps do exactly like you are discribing. I took a quick look but couldn't see the flaw.
I can say there is definitely a problem.

For others that don't know, they aren't completely built out of aluminum.
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