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Old 07-30-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Steps?

Looks like somebody left our steps down when driving off at some point. They're bent pretty bad, plus look like they're welded on, as well as bolted. We bought a single step step-stool for now, but how difficult is it to replace these babies? Break the welds, remove the door frame to get to the top of the bolts?

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Hey Frank,

Yep, they used to bolt the old steps to the floor for strength. I'm not sure if yours was hit, but it could just be a heavier person stepping on it a few years in a row that caused the bolts to get pulled in through the floor. If the floor has any rot right there, the bolts can get pulled through that way.

I guess to replace it, you would have to break the welds and pull the door frame off. Since it looks like it's pulling through anyway, that probably wouldn't be a bad idea.
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Boy it looks like a one-time thing Jon, but sure could be what you describe as well. Seeing we're using a portable step for ingress/egress, I may as well break the welds, pull the door and see what's up. When I get a chance...

Started work on my 1947 Old Town canoe after work tonight (just getting it cleaned out) and have a date with a 135 hp Mercury outboard motor this week and weekend. I need to clean my shop bench and get that old crank and 6 pistons on my shop bench and do some cleaning and ring removing. The steps will take a good morning to do, and maybe a day, so it needs to be planned. Plus the steps are not critical, where the canoe and 135 hp outboard are right now.

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I agree with Jon, it looks like too much weight over time. That bend, as it looks in the picture, would not come from a side impact but downward force. Perhaps the result of those bolts pulling through a soft floor. I have managed to put bends in aluminum angle stock that look just like that ... without the rust.
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I had a Sunline like that before that the step had bent down so much that it was angled away from the trailer. Very annoying to step in. Jacked it up with a floor jack, put new bolts in a little farther in, and it was nice and strong again, and straight.

On the other hand, the bottom step of my 286SR was like that when I got it. Never could figure out why, as the back door step wasn't like that. I just bolted a small bracket behind where the step folded down so it would rest on that straight. Painted it black and no one else would ever know.
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I noticed my steps were sagging a bit too, mostly because of rot inside the door area. When the time comes I'm going to make some gussets up and weld them solid to the frame!
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