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  • Lance Camper
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Another Wet Step Question / Repair Rotted Plywood
My brother in law is in the middle of repairing my bottom step. After getting under the sheet metal flashing we found a rectangular hole under the flashing. All that was under the flashing was rotted insulation. He reached in and removed the...

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  • Lance Camper
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We just removed the remaining insulation and saw sunlight again. This shot was taken from the door. The opening is forward of the door and behind the headlights. It's just open to the elements!


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Now that we have it open I can see that under the...

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Ed,
Here is a link to a topic I posted when I rebuilt our entry step as well as a picture with the rotten plywood removed and the rotted insulation exposed below. In the topic linked, I posted what I did to address those issues... not that you...

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  • Lance Camper
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I was hoping it would be you, Don.  Can you advise what you did to waterproof the bottom of the step, I did not expect under there to be exposed.

  • Lance Camper
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I just reread your post Don.

The real Achilles' heel of the construction of the 1st step in our coach is the insulation underneath the bottom step. Isn't sealed on the sides in front of the wheel or behind the headlight and the insulation itself...

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Ed,
I removed the step box (plugged the air lines feeding it, frame already blocked up to work safely underneath) and wrapped the bottom, back, and sides with sheet aluminum. I replaced that "sponge" insulation with polyurethane foam board. I...

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I am sure I have posted the occasional response to others topics, but I don't think I started any other threads on this particular subject.
Don
I just reread your post Don.

The real Achilles'...


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If you go the Dynamat route,check out the products from Noico,they are cheaper and work good.

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Slow day on the forum, so I will add a bit to this thread... ;D After rebuilding the bottom of the step well I had the synchronicity of heading over to Xtreme to do the head light and step conversions, as well as some other stuff. After the front...

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  • Lance Camper
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We got it done.

I wasn't expecting under the wet step to be nothing but the aluminum flashing and insulation. It surprised me to see it so open. I better understand the previous threads a little better.

Thanks for the help
Ed

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  • Lance Camper
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Well, my BIL put a screw into the drop down step piston under the step.

Anyone know where to purchase a new one?
Thanks Ed

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Well, my BIL put a screw into the drop down step piston under the step.

Anyone know where to purchase a new one?
Thanks Ed
I have a used pair I removed for the step conversion.

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  • Lance Camper
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Thanks Craneman

Turned on the engine to build up air. Was going to raise the coach. Lots of hissing from under the step. Saw the screw and knew exactly what had happened.

 I can't air up. Tanks get to about 70 psi and stop. Hissing all the time.

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Thanks Craneman

Turned on the engine to build up air. Was going to raise the coach. Lots of hissing from under the step. Saw the screw and knew exactly what had happened.

 I can't air up....


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  • Lance Camper
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My brother in law drove a screw into the cylinder. It leaks, trust me it leaks.

We are working on a temp fix. Can we union the two air lines together and bypass the cylinder? Don't care right now if step does not work.

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They could be hooked together with a union to stop the leak.

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Don is the king lol, he does beautiful work.

When my step regulator decided to start leaking at a rest stop, I removed the air line, folded it back and used a zip tie to get me back another 500 miles. It was for my interior step well cover, but...

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I called James T. at Foretravel Tech Support. He also stated to just zip tie the air lines. I asked about joining the two lines together with a union. He said that would not work.

Anyway, we found a guy to weld the hole in the aluminum cylinder...

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