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Old 11-07-2019, 12:30 AM   #1
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Default Fiberglass step question

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I have RT 170 1997 with very low mileage and in good shape except for the driver side step that cracked badly
i am getting a new one but just curious how long did yours last? I heard it is common issue.
We did not put eccessive weight on the step but RT does sit in CA sun since it us to high for garage.
My question is not a simple curiocity.I have an oportunity to buy one more part.I do not have extra money but they stopped making 170 in 2003 and parts are hard to find.

P.S.Sorry,have to start a new thread since my original one was highjacked.May be moderator delets it.
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Old 11-07-2019, 12:55 AM   #2
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Hope to hear from Roadtrek owners.
I have RT 170 1997 with very low mileage and in good shape except for the driver side step that cracked badly
i am getting a new one but just curious how long did yours last? I heard it is common issue.
We did not put eccessive weight on the step but RT does sit in CA sun since it us to high for garage.
My question is not a simple curiocity.I have an oportunity to buy one more part.I do not have extra money but they stopped making 170 in 2003 and parts are hard to find.

P.S.Sorry,have to start a new thread since my original one was highjacked.May be moderator delets it.


I am on my second RT, never had one crack. You might check out a Marine Repair Facility, they maybe able to reinforce it, and bring it back to life. Ron
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Thank you,Ron.
They charge at least $500 to repair.I am getting a new one cheaper.
But thanks to your reply I am probably not going to have a spare one.
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I’d keep the old one. With a little trouble you could repair and reinforce it yourself. Fiberglass work is not complicated. Best thing is since you have found a replacement there’s no hurry.
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Iíd keep the old one. With a little trouble you could repair and reinforce it yourself. Fiberglass work is not complicated. Best thing is since you have found a replacement thereís no hurry.

I completely agree, fiberglass work is not all that tough and the supplies are easy to find at auto parts stores, marine supply stores, or online. Lots of videos of how to do it. Glassing in aluminum strips here and there can really strengthen things like this, and using glass fabric for the repair will make it even stronger than the chop glass original material was.


Of the $500 quote, it may have included over $300 for color match and paint, or a bunch of labor to remove the step, as the glass work should not be that much.
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Thank you,Jon and Booster.I was not going to keep the old one but I will now .I did some reading on restoring fiberglass but it did not look easy for me.But I might try some time.
About $500.Another place quoted the same. They are RV business and have good reputation.I did not ask the details on pricing but may be it is difficult to remove and install a new one.
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If you've not done body work on a vehicle, the fiberglass repair is perhaps daunting. But honestly, do it once and you will be glad you did. This assumes that taking an hour or two in the evening to glue pieces together, reinforce back of step with fiberglass, sand exposed surface, and paint over the course of a week suit you better than paying $500. You can see my results and discussion of doing this in a facebook group for older roadtreks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1483...epa=SEARCH_BOX

If the link does not work, search the 1974-2004 roadtrek group for fiberglass step repair.
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I repaired mine with fiberglass cloth and resin. I reinforced it with a metal strap and a screw. Found paint codes on a website and ordered a can. Looks OK.. Shelly
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