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The door step binds when I open and close it. I opened a service ticket, and was told that this is normal. I could use a Mobillith grease if I wanted to make it glide a bit easier. Will the grease collect much dirt and grime? Is there a different grease/lubricant to use? Is there a mod to do to stop the binding? 

I looked at what was happening. Maybe it just needs to wear a bit to allow it to move easier, as I have had the trailer for 8 days. The rod that supports the step in the slots in the two end pieces does not move evenly and causes a bind as it moves unevenly in the two sides. 

Suggestions?

John

      

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A little silicon spray helps. It's a small price to pay, imo, for the extra step. Our original step was one step. The double step makes my life so much easier. No step stool needed in awkward high steps.

 

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Look for WD 40 - Specialist Dry Lub with PTFE (which is teflon).
That works great and is available at most parts stores, amazon etc.
This also can work on the legs of the Electric Jacks without attracting dirt etc.
It sprays on a bit like any other wd40 but drys to slick teflon clear finish.

 

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I’ve noticed something about my steps that I meant to work on but forgot about as we used our Oliver more. Use your finger to feel the top and bottom sides of the angled slot cut in the aluminum side plates. 
 

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I found that one side of the slot was smooth and the other was rough. I think this was caused by the end mill making a “climb cut” on one side and a “conventional cut” on the other side of the slot. I intended to use a file and maybe emery cloth to smooth the rough side, then use a dry type lubricant on both sides of the slot. You might try this sometime to see if it helps.  I also found that using both hands makes raising and lowering the steps easier. 

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Before using a lube, try removing the steps and filing the slots smooth, follow up with fine sandpaper like 360 grit Wet or Dry. Mine has never needed any kind of lubricant.

If that doesn’t take care of it, then you can try a dry lube.

While you are messing with it, if you have a drill, add some drain holes as needed so water doesn’t pool when the steps are stowed, since that isn’t good for aluminum.

https://olivertraveltrailers.com/forums/topic/1993-how-to-drain-holes-in-the-lower-step/

John Davies

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