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Old 08-24-2019, 10:48 AM   #1
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New Kwikee Step Install

So I was having trouble with my Kwikee step pretty much since I bought the coach......it always seemed to "Labor" in and out.

I did all the usual things, lube, checked all connections, did a voltage test and still it would work and then decide not to for a while.....maddening.

Finally last month when we were on a trip to Northern CA the thing started making a terrible rat-a-tat-tat noise on extension for about 5 seconds and then quit. Did this a few times and then just stopped working altogether.....actually just as we were packing up to come home and had to do 500 miles with the step out.

When we got home I messed with it for a while and go nowhere on my back underneath the coach so I decided to just drop the whole thing and take a closer look and what do I find...........looks like the Previous owner had hit it on something cuz the frame was bent and there was no bending it back.

Here are some pics of the old unit.......kinda hard to see the damage in the pics but if you look closely you can see how out of whack it really is!

I thought about taking it to a body shop and see if they could straighten it but when I looked at the parts it was going to take to fix it at close to $300 plus whatever it would take to straighten the assembly it was a no brainer to just buy a whole new assembly for $495......only question was how much re-wiring would be needed with the upgrade???



The good (Great) news is that this new step is a direct plug and play for the old unit.......just bolt it back onto the frame with the same 4 bolts, secure the ground and plug in the 4-way connector.....works in all modes and no re-wiring needed

If anyone is in need of some of the obsolete parts for your older step just drop me a line and I'll see what I can do to help.

PS....I also took the opportunity to replace the bulb with an LED before I bolted the new step on

Cheers!!
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Don't forget to lube your steps. Kwikee Lube works great. Most steps can be fixed with a little maintenance.
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Don't forget to lube your steps. Kwikee Lube works great. Most steps can be fixed with a little maintenance.
Yeah I agree.....this one was so bent however that it would be completely wedged against the sides when open.....there was no easy fix other than serious body/frame type work :(

Lots of lube on the new one already
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