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Step slope problem

The cantilevered habitation door step on our new-to-us 12 yr old Elddis Autoquest 200 has a pretty severe slope on it. Once flipped down, instead of being horizontal.is slopes away from the van by an angle of (my guess) about 10-15 degrees. This makes getting out of the van a bit tricky. I don't know the make of step, but it looks like this.
http://www.olearymotorhomes.co.uk/om...nual-907-p.asp
Is this a common fault? Is there an easy fix for this?
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The most common cause of sloping steps is failure of the floor section that they're bolted to.
Get underneath and check the floor carefully.

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The most common cause of sloping steps is failure of the floor section that they're bolted to.
Get underneath and check the floor carefully.
Come to think of it, I did notice a slight upward bulge in the fibreglass in the step in the van immediately above the pull down step. Me thinks you may have diagnosed the problem straight off the bat. Surely such a load bearing mechanism should be attached directly to the chassis?

So, this raises a number of questions
1 - What am I looking for underneath the van?
2 - How do I repair any damage to the floor to stop/arrest any damp penetration and/or rot that it may have started?
3 - How do I now remount the steps?

Should this be something for the dealer I bought the van from (6 month warranty)?

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The Bushes at the sissor joints fail and brake down , check to see if these are ok
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Definitely a dealer job if you have a warranty.

The steps are often bolted straight to the floor which puts that section of the floor under severe stress, especially if the steps are used by "large" or careless persons. This can cause the floor to de-laminate, allow water ingress and eventually fail completely.

Get it checked out right away.

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The most common cause of sloping steps is failure of the floor section that they're bolted to.
Get underneath and check the floor carefully.
Do check the floor but if the floor is OK then check for wear in the side arms. By the time our old Autosleeper was 10 years old the step on it was sagging down like yours does ..it was down to wear in the side arms ...I seem to remember making some new bushes myelf but I think you can get spares ...they seem to call them rivits which is a bit strange (see the link below, rivet repair kit)

Omni step spares

When I was looking to fix mine I did consider putting some shaped packing under the step mountings to tip the whole step up so that where you step is level.

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Do check the floor but if the floor is OK then check for wear in the side arms. By the time our old Autosleeper was 10 years old the step on it was sagging down like yours does ..it was down to wear in the side arms ...I seem to remember making some new bushes myelf but I think you can get spares ...they seem to call them rivits which is a bit strange (see the link below, rivet repair kit)

Omni step spares

When I was looking to fix mine I did consider putting some shaped packing under the step mountings to tip the whole step up so that where you step is level.

From the link it looks like what it says on the tin, rivet repair kit is to replace the rivets, but includes new bushes, so you must have to carefully drill out the old ones, maybe you could knock up some better ones and use stainless bolts instead of rivets which have no adjustment.
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