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Old 06-28-2018, 01:23 PM   #1
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Default Considering removing my running boards; anyone done it?

My 2004 Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser has the full length running boards with integrated fender flares. I prefer the cleaner more contemporary look of a sprinter without the running boards and my passenger side running board was damaged by the original owner,.....and, the paint is lifting and bubbling in many places.

Has anyone here removed their running boards?
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Old 06-30-2018, 05:14 PM   #2
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Yes, I just removed mine about a week ago. I have all the holes covered and the trim painted, and a new front bumper installed. Now I am hunting for new front and back mud flaps and rear fender flares to finish it up.
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Old 06-30-2018, 05:53 PM   #3
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Yes, I just removed mine about a week ago. I have all the holes covered and the trim painted, and a new front bumper installed. Now I am hunting for new front and back mud flaps and rear fender flares to finish it up.
Smbrick, could you post up a before and after pic or, if not, could you email me pics? (I'll pm you my email address if you cant post them here).

Also would like to here what was involved in pulling them off and what kind of holes were left, how you prepped/filled any holes etc.

Maybe put together something that could be a useful DIY that Admin would save as a "Sticky" ??

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Old 06-30-2018, 10:08 PM   #4
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I would also like to see what that looks like! Cool... was thinking about that but was concerted there was some protection being offered to dump pipes or other items under the frame.

Do those running boards help MPG? I mean besides the step what good are they?
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I would also like to see what that looks like! Cool... was thinking about that but was concerted there was some protection being offered to dump pipes or other items under the frame.

Do those running boards help MPG? I mean besides the step what good are they?
I think they were just the style of the day,....a way to include a step and also visually hide the black and gray tank dump port etc.

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Old 07-02-2018, 05:21 PM   #6
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A friend of mine who had removed his recently, answered a few of my questions before I got started, and it helped a bunch. The removal was pretty straight forward for my Vista Cruiser. They just drilled a whole bunch of self tapping screws through the fiberglass and directly into the body... way too many. In a couple areas there are up to 6 screws in a group. Under each step there is a brace that is screwed into the frame. The front bumper is held on by 4 bolts. Be careful of the temperature sensor. I just unplugged it and let it hang there and it plugged right into the hole in the new bumper.

Instead of welding, or bondoing the holes, I jus bought a pack of plastic bodywork hole plugs. I lightly hit each hole with a flapper wheel on my grinder, cleaned it and caulked them into place. Unfortunately, they painted the motorhome trim colors after installing the skirts, and I didnt really like the unfinished look, so I taped it off, roughed it up, and painted it in a hammered grey.

I got a new plastic bumper off ebay for about $130, and used the original 2 inner bolts to attach it, but I didnt like how they used self tapping screws for the outer holes. I installed nutzerts into those holes so I could use regular bolts instead. The aftermarket bumper is for 15" wheels I think, because the rubbed up front when turning. A quick cut with a hacksaw to take a small corner off of each side did the trick.

Now I need to install mud flaps and rear fender flares. I may put stock flaps on the front and make my own for the rear, but I am not sure yet. I still havent found a good, inexpensive source for the parts yet. I will try to add a few pics shortly. Hope this helps.
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Pic aint working for me. If anyone wants pkcs, PM me with you email and what pics you want and I will email them over to you.
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Pic aint working for me. If anyone wants pkcs, PM me with you email and what pics you want and I will email them over to you.
Sending you a PM
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Maybe after you get the PM/email, you can post the pics for others? Thanks in advance.
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I emailed you guys some pics. Sorry for the delay but I was out camping in the Sierras.
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