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Old 02-10-2019, 02:41 PM   #1
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Keeping electric entry steps retracted

The site we are in for the next couple of months has a set of wooden steps that the site owner said we could use while on his site. I have tried to keep my electric entry steps on my 2014 Allegro Bus in the retracted position so I can use the wooden steps. The electric entry steps will hit and be impeded by the wooden steps if the electric steps are not locked in the retracted position potentially causing damage to the electric steps.

The manual states that when the door is closed and the steps are retracted if you turn the step power switch to “off” and turn the ignition “off” the steps will stay in the retracted position.

No matter what combination of ignition switch on/off and step switch on/off I cannot get the steps to stay retracted.

What do I need to do in order to keep the electric steps retracted?
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Pull the fuse.
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The site we are in for the next couple of months has a set of wooden steps that the site owner said we could use while on his site. I have tried to keep my electric entry steps on my 2014 Allegro Bus in the retracted position so I can use the wooden steps. The electric entry steps will hit and be impeded by the wooden steps if the electric steps are not locked in the retracted position potentially causing damage to the electric steps.

The manual states that when the door is closed and the steps are retracted if you turn the step power switch to “off” and turn the ignition “off” the steps will stay in the retracted position.

No matter what combination of ignition switch on/off and step switch on/off I cannot get the steps to stay retracted.

What do I need to do in order to keep the electric steps retracted?
That is how mine works.
1) I set the step sw so the step stays out (on mine the step sw is on) when you open or close the door. The step is out.

2) If I turn the ignition key on it retracts the step and the step will stay in (regardless of door position) until I change the step sw to off. I can turn the ignition back off and the step stays in.

Everyone else say that theirs don't work like that but mine does, so in your case, it's what you need. Try the sequence I outlined here.
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Pulling the motor fuse is what I'd do. I have got ours to stay retracted (without pulling the fuse) by applying a magnet to the magnetic switch on the door jamb.
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The site we are in for the next couple of months has a set of wooden steps that the site owner said we could use while on his site. I have tried to keep my electric entry steps on my 2014 Allegro Bus in the retracted position so I can use the wooden steps. The electric entry steps will hit and be impeded by the wooden steps if the electric steps are not locked in the retracted position potentially causing damage to the electric steps.

The manual states that when the door is closed and the steps are retracted if you turn the step power switch to “off” and turn the ignition “off” the steps will stay in the retracted position.

No matter what combination of ignition switch on/off and step switch on/off I cannot get the steps to stay retracted.

What do I need to do in order to keep the electric steps retracted?
The entry steps WILL stay retracted when the door is kept in the closed position. But, as you've found out, no matter what position the switch is in, the steps will extend. But, the switch is there to allow you to put the steps in the "Park" mode. That is, if and when you're in a cramped area and, have tight walking space between the coach and whatever, you can flip that switch to the Park mode and, when the door (with the magnet on it) is closed, the steps will auto retract. They will extend each and every time but will also auto retract if the switch is in the park mode position.

Now, when the switch is in the stay mode, once the door is opened for the first time, since engine shut-down, they will stay in the extended mode. And, they won't go back in, the ignition is turned back on.

Now, as for you keeping them in, well, as has been suggested, the only way to keep them from extending is to disconnect power to them. A fuse (where ever it is) will do it or, you can slip under there and disconnect the 4-way plug that leads to the motor. But, be very careful messing around under there, around those steps. If you're under there and, someone opens that door, guess what, those steps are coming out, whether you're in the way or not!!!
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I installed a toggle swith near the door years ago. It cuts the power to the stairs in whatever the stair position is at that moment. It is usefull in many situations when I don't want the steps extended for low clearance manuvering for whatever reason.
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But, be very careful messing around under there, around those steps. If you're under there and, someone opens that door, guess what, those steps are coming out, whether you're in the way or not!!!
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I agree, this can be very painful.
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I agree, this can be very painful.
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Ours has a built in switch by the entry door. Turn the switch off and the steps stay in whatever position it was in when switch gets turned off.
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I decided that the suggestion of closing the door waiting for the steps to retract then pulling the fuse was the best solution for me. I added this to my departure and setup to-do lists so I don't forget to put it back in.

Thanks for all of your replies.
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