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Old 10-27-2015, 08:48 PM   #1
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Electric Step broken

My electric steps on my Canyon Star stopped working.... sooooo.... under the rig I go. Just in time to watch the pin, that goes through the gear that runs the steps in and out, fall to the ground. Hmmm interesting.... I look at it closely and see that it has broken in half, with the threaded half still anchored firmly into the housing. Sooo.... I ordered a new pin. Now, any good suggestions about fixing this thing??? Do I have to drop the entire steps unit out in order to get the threaded part out? And if I have it done at the RV repair center, how many hours of service time should I expect to have to pay for??
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If the pin is like a bolt, if enough of it is protruding you could use a pair of vice grips to grab it and back it out. If it's flush, or too short to clamp on it, you could drill out the center of the pin and use an 'ez-out' to remove it.

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Just be sure the power is disconnected before working on it, the steps could move and bite you. Either pull the fuse or disconnect the (usual) 4 pin plug.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:01 AM   #3
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What steps do you have? If they are Coach Step and you are talking about the center bolt that acts as an axel for the main gear that bolt is spot welded on the top. This is a shoulder bolt by the way so your typical hardware store will not have a replacement.
I replaced mine while at Grizzley Park without having to drop the step assembly. If this is your situation, PM me and I can give you instructions on how I fixed mine.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:26 AM   #4
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RussM311, Been there and done that. but as Selah said, you should identify the brand of your steps and if they are like my 2013 Ventana, you will most likely have the Coach Step. Yes the shoulder bolt is special and will be tack welded on top, so you will have to remove the steps in order to grind the weld and remove the broken part.

Unplug the connector, stack some 2X4's under the step and remove the 4 bolts which are holding it in place. You will need some blue Loctite #242 to install the bolt at 14 in. lbs. which is basically finger tight. Install the steps.

Some additional points. Do not use the steps if you have low battery voltage. Wait for full extention before you step on it. If the steps are mushy, you may have an issue with the motor, I had to replace mine. Lubricate every thing.

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RussM311, Been there and done that. but as Selah said, you should identify the brand of your steps and if they are like my 2013 Ventana, you will most likely have the Coach Step. Yes the shoulder bolt is special and will be tack welded on top, so you will have to remove the steps in order to grind the weld and remove the broken part.

Unplug the connector, stack some 2X4's under the step and remove the 4 bolts which are holding it in place. You will need some blue Loctite #242 to install the bolt at 14 in. lbs. which is basically finger tight. Install the steps.

Some additional points. Do not use the steps if you have low battery voltage. Wait for full extention before you step on it. If the steps are mushy, you may have an issue with the motor, I had to replace mine. Lubricate every thing.

Good luck.
BTDT also. My step wouldn't come out, the carriage bolts just spun. So worked from underneath with the step extended and propped up. Used drill, Dremel and EZ-Outs, took about 4 hours to remove the stub. Didn't have the issue with the weld, but maybe that's why it was so hard.
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OK, I'll bite. What is BTDT??
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