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Old 03-06-2017, 08:34 AM
Rupester Rupester is offline
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Put in both. If you install just one, you'll be kicking yourself after just 6 months.
Terry Ruprecht
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:22 AM
Joe Parish Joe Parish is offline
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Here is a link to the post about reinforcing the steps. I sent mine in. Very happy with the results.
Russ posted in another thread to check in to USPS has something online called Click-N-Ship that can save you money over Fed-Ex or UPS.
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Last edited by Joe Parish : 03-06-2017 at 11:26 AM. Reason: Put in shipping details
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:55 AM
boandrv7a boandrv7a is offline
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When I got the 7a it only had one installed. I had a second installed on the pilot side. It was a PITA and expensive to have the second installed (I'm sure most around here could do the work, so it would probably be cheaper/easier).

I definitely would recommend the second step!

The AV8R's
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Mel View Post
Just always be aware to assure that both are not used at the same time.
+1 !!! Diane and I learned the hard way. Fortunately we jumped off in time before the tail hit the ground.

Very careful about that now.
Bill Pendergrass
RV-7A: Flying since April 15, 2012. 710hrs
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:52 AM
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I didn't install any on my -9 and sometimes wish I had of. Seems like to me, given the history of cracking, that this is one area that could be improved somewhat besides the welded gusset. Maybe a removable step or one without all those rivets on the outside. The design works but it's ugly. 😄 Both steps on my -6a cracked out. Resonance frequency does some weird things. Rambling done.

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Old 03-15-2017, 01:53 PM
boandrv7a boandrv7a is offline
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As others have said... Always one at a time!

Ask me how I know...
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Old 03-15-2017, 02:07 PM
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Mine had one. I added the other one.


RV6-A "Aluminum Mistress"
Too many hobbies- not enough time.
2016, 2017 donor and happy to do it.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:21 PM
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I have one, and I don't use it. Tens of passengers, never an issue not having one on that side of the plane, except for those over 80, where I doubt the step would have helped enough (used a step stool).
Mike C.
Maryland's Eastern Shore
stuck in 1/5th of an Arrow, my partners won't let me go
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