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Old 07-15-2016, 08:28 AM   #1
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Steps not fully retracting

I've had a couple of people recently think my steps were not in. Today I looked at them retracted and they are not fully retracting. They do retract but not as tight as they once did. They are very stable and have never given me an issue but I'm being my proactive, hypochondriac self! Any ideas how to remedy or any simple cure?

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The motor stops when it feels resistance in either its extending or retracting motion. Any binds will affect the operation. Have you cleaned and lubricated all the pivot points, linkages, etc? This may be all it takes.
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X2 lubricated all the pivot points
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The motor stops when it feels resistance in either its extending or retracting motion. Any binds will affect the operation. Have you cleaned and lubricated all the pivot points, linkages, etc? This may be all it takes.
Get yourself a can of Boshield T9 and spray all the moving joints. Problem solved. This is a "Must Have" product for every RVer.

https://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-T-9...=boeshield+t+9
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The motor stops when it feels resistance in either its extending or retracting motion. Any binds will affect the operation. Have you cleaned and lubricated all the pivot points, linkages, etc? This may be all it takes.
thank you. No I have not, I have lubricated the pivot screws (?) on the steps but nothing else. I'll try that shortly.

What type of lubricate do you recommend?
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Get yourself a can of Boshield T9 and spray all the moving joints. Problem solved. This is a "Must Have" product for every RVer.

https://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-T-9...=boeshield+t+9
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Found the issue as the only place with any rust or rub and know when it happened, some can relate...grand kids, getting gas rolled forward to line up tank, someone opened door!!! Now to determine how to remove arm and add washer or bend back.
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Get yourself a can of Boshield T9 and spray all the moving joints. Problem solved. This is a "Must Have" product for every RVer.

https://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-T-9...=boeshield+t+9
It seems that every week I'm buying something that I didn't know about.

Thanks for the info!
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Get yourself a can of Boshield T9 and spray all the moving joints. Problem solved. This is a "Must Have" product for every RVer.

https://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-T-9...=boeshield+t+9
I've used Maxima Chain Wax to lubricate my Kwikee steps for over 15 years:


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At our lot, we kept a 6 ft long drive shaft from a 39 Chevy. We would pry the steps back in line. You can't get them perfectly straight, but You can get them straight enough to work correctly.
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At our lot, we kept a 6 ft long drive shaft from a 39 Chevy. We would pry the steps back in line. You can't get them perfectly straight, but You can get them straight enough to work correctly.
My husband was thinking along those lines. Thank you.
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Update. This is what we did, not recommending just sharing….. We used a wide-flat strap, circled the bottom step and hooked it to the truck hitch. With very little tension the steps moved slightly. This was enough to bring them in correct alignment and retract properly. But one real problem came up in this process. A soldered bolt backed out of the top step. After several attempts to JB Weld this (my DH’s idea) the search was on to find a replacement for this carriage shoulder bolt that would fit in the small allowance between the fiberglass and steps when retracted. Several people tried to create one but none of them would work. Someone probably knows where to look for one but to me they were nonexistent. Had it been a lower step or on the other side this would not have been as big an issue with more room to retract. After days of looking and trying different things we contacted an old friend that does welding. He looked at the original bolt, decided it was not damaged and proceeded to weld it in place. With the proper tools and equipment to protect the fiberglass he did the job. Now my steps are perfect again. Moral of saga: Don’t open door when RV is moving!
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I hade one made at our local machine shop $20.00
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