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Old 06-05-2007, 03:56 PM   #1
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I have been getting the motorhome ready for a weekend trip. Everything seemed to be going fine when today the steps won't extend. They had been working must great until this point. I have checked the battery and it is up just fine (I have been plugged in to shore power with Trik-L-Start to keep it up). It has been very rainy and stormy the past several days, but I can't see any problems in the wiring.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:56 PM   #2
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I have been getting the motorhome ready for a weekend trip. Everything seemed to be going fine when today the steps won't extend. They had been working must great until this point. I have checked the battery and it is up just fine (I have been plugged in to shore power with Trik-L-Start to keep it up). It has been very rainy and stormy the past several days, but I can't see any problems in the wiring.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:17 PM   #3
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Check the ground. This area is open to the elements and corrosion is common.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:45 PM   #4
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thanks Tom, I will do that right after work tomorrow. In fact I will disconnect the grounds, clean the contacts and reassemble. I hope it is a simple as that.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:25 AM   #5
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Tom,

If that doesn't work, take a hammer and tap the motor a couple of times.

I had to do that on my 93 brave. That worked for awhile, but never got a chance to change the motor before we traded the MH.

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Lubricating might also help, as soon as it hits a certain amount of resistance it stops or reverses, perhaps when it was going in and out recently a piece of debris got in one of the swivel joints.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:13 AM   #7
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Wich battery did you check. Steps work off chassis(engine) battery not the house(coach) batt's. Leave the step out till you are ready to leave. No excessive drain on battery this way. Trik-L-charge is just that. A very small charge, not enough to keep chassis batt. charged with a lot of use.
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:00 PM   #8
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OK guys, I double checked the battery (starting battery) and it is fully charged, the steps were lubricated just a week or so ago. I crawled underneath tonight and removed and cleaned the ground connections. I unplugged all the connections and reconnected them. I then tested the wall switch (ok). The steps still don't work. What puzzles me the most, they were working perfectly a few days ago, now nothing.

Any other suggestions before I have to pay some tech some exhorbitant shop rate to trouble shoot this for me?
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:22 PM   #9
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Brake switch
Could have a problem with brake switch or your switch on screen door is not operating. Try a magnet and see if your steps go out, most likely the brake switch use your hand and lift your brake pedel steps may operate.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:40 PM   #10
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Thanks for the heads up on the brake switch. I wasn't aware that the brake switch had anything at all to do with the step circuit. I'll give it a try, nothing to loose.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:57 PM   #11
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Don't' know if your coach has the same set up as mine but, on the console beside the passenger seat, I can set the steps to either in all the time or out all the time. I am sure you have checked this if you have it but, one time I forgot about it and could not figure out until my wife looked at the switch and told me that I had the steps in the do not extend mode.

Just a thought.
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:16 PM   #12
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do you have the manual for the steps?...i belive there is a workout sheet in it for problems...if you dont have it let me know and I will try to pdf it to you.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kazoo Tom:
I have been getting the motorhome ready for a weekend trip. Everything seemed to be going fine when today the steps won't extend. They had been working must great until this point. I have checked the battery and it is up just fine (I have been plugged in to shore power with Trik-L-Start to keep it up). It has been very rainy and stormy the past several days, but I can't see any problems in the wiring.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Our Kwikee steps failed in Texas last winter. The problem was a faulty relay feeding power to the steps. It was replaced and they have been working fine since.

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If it turn our to be the motor-gear, I have the # for the
replacement somewhere... as it is motor-regulator for a FORD
power window. And you can pick it up at AUTO-ZONE for for alot
less than at a camper store.... I have been told???? TENN.
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