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Old 07-26-2017
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Default Step Well Cover Repair

Prepping coach to get old fridge out and new one in. Decided since I'm removing copilot seat it's a good time to repair the step well cover that hasn't worked since we bought the coach. I can see slides BB used for the cover are pretty beat up from force of air piston hitting end of slide limit moving in and out.

Off center force vector of air piston doesn't help matters either by putting a twist on the slides. Thinking about installing some stops to take the impact off the slides when the cover opens and closes. Has anyone done this?

Anyone have a source for stronger slides than the ones used by BB?
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Eric, all of the coaches besides the FCs had that platform that the copilot chair rests on. On my 97 Bird, the step well cover did not get to the fullest extension and the "Boss" stepped on it and bent the rails. It is a major pain to replace those. The ram has 6 screws that are attached to it. You maybe able to find the Schrader valve and lessen the air flow a bit.
The 450s have an electric slide- which is stronger than the air.
You need to come up here so we can make over your coach. Just sayin'
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I don't know the difference between my WB and the M380 steps but I'd like to remove the air altogether. Mine works fine........ as long as I have air pressure. I'd be happy to just use a handle to slide in and out.
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Ernie, Montana is a long drive to fix a stair well slide! I agree Kip, nothing wrong with manual slide as long as it works.
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You can do just that, Kip. Extend the slide out cover and while you are underneath, look up and to the rear outside, move the carpet and you will see a bracket that is screwed to the plywood. Remove those screws and you have a manual step
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Our footwell slide has worked perfect from day one. However, the sharkbite air connectors in the wiring chase were leaking so I replaced them with copper furl style. Only complaint I have is it works so well and too fast. After one or two bruised shins, I quickly learned to never accidentally press the extend toggle switch while standing on one of the steps!
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Ernie, have you got a recommendation for replacement slides?
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I believe I got mine from Lowes. AND- you have to have a small right angle screw driver to access the screws--- AND- small hands. Maryann would fit that bill
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I get my slides from McMaster Carr.
There is a small trick to doing the job.
On most coachs behind the step slide platform theres a small wood box/cover thats carpet covered and it covers the back side of the slide.
I remove that box/cover (you will put it back later)
Then i use a long bar/screwdriver to pry up the old slides,just slide the bar under the glides and drive it in with a hammer,pulling the screws out of the wood.
The new glides i use are longer than the old glides,so they stick out the back of the platform and the carpeted box we were talking about will cover them.
I put 2 screws in the back,and 2 screws in the front using a screw gun.
I don't put screws in the rest of the holes in the glide,which theres no way to do with my big hands and arms.
But,the 4 screws have been doing the job,and i have been doing it for years.
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