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Old 11-22-2019, 03:00 PM   #1
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External Stairs Lowering While Driving Down the Road

Our outside steps have started lowering while driving down the road in our 2016 Bounder 35K. While parked, they function properly.

All seems proper EXCEPT that they are now lowering while driving down the road. I have checked that they retract before I start driving down the road.

Currently I'm using a bungee-cord to hold them up while driving.

What do I need to do so that I can fix this problem myself?
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The door switch takes priority over the ignition lock out ; so you can leave the coach while it's running ; so checking the door switch adjustment is the first step .

This may help if your steps are Kwikee.
If not please post your step brand .
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Old 11-22-2019, 03:37 PM   #3
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The door switch takes priority over the ignition lock out ; so you can leave the coach while it's running ; so checking the door switch adjustment is the first step .

This may help if your steps are Kwikee.
If not please post your step brand .
They are Kwikee... so I'll give those attachments a review.

A quick look shows me that the door sensor has to be separated by about 2 inches before the steps lower. There's not that much play in the door while driving down the road.

Maybe there's a loose connection I can find...
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Check the ground wires! Especially the door sensor. If it looses ground, the steps will extend. Had it happen to us.
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:37 AM   #5
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Our outside steps have started lowering while driving down the road in our 2016 Bounder 35K. While parked, they function properly.

All seems proper EXCEPT that they are now lowering while driving down the road. I have checked that they retract before I start driving down the road.

Currently I'm using a bungee-cord to hold them up while driving.

What do I need to do so that I can fix this problem myself?
Check the reed switch is aligned properly & not moving, also make sure the step switch is on when travelling.
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I was actually getting on the Bounder forum tonight to look for posts about a manual switch to turn the steps on (or off), simply because if we are parked for months and months, it makes no sense to have them constantly going in and out. Am I assuming by the OP's problem that a switch like this does not exist?
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I was actually getting on the Bounder forum tonight to look for posts about a manual switch to turn the steps on (or off), simply because if we are parked for months and months, it makes no sense to have them constantly going in and out. Am I assuming by the OP's problem that a switch like this does not exist?
There is a switch that will allow the steps to stay out regardless of the status of the door (as long as the ignition key is turned off).

I believe my problem is a leaky controller or something. My problem occurred consistently during a day of driving in the rain. During the last two travel days (with no rain) the steps have NOT lowered while going down the road.
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There is a switch that will allow the steps to stay out regardless of the status of the door (as long as the ignition key is turned off).

I believe my problem is a leaky controller or something. My problem occurred consistently during a day of driving in the rain. During the last two travel days (with no rain) the steps have NOT lowered while going down the road.
Ok, good to know. Thanks!

Hope you get this figured out; that has to be a little frightening.
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Just for clarity, are the steps 'powering' out while going down the road, or are they just sagging?
So far everyone's answers have assumed that the steps are powering out, as would have mine. But if they are just sagging then we're looking for a different problem.
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I was actually getting on the Bounder forum tonight to look for posts about a manual switch to turn the steps on (or off), simply because if we are parked for months and months, it makes no sense to have them constantly going in and out. Am I assuming by the OP's problem that a switch like this does not exist?
There should be a switch by the door, mine is with a bank of 4 that switch the belly locker lights, the step, the outside lights & a internal light for when you come home in the dark, but you say you want to turn off the step for long periods, I wouldn't, left too long without moving they may seize up
so working them from time to time helps.
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There should be a switch by the door, mine is with a bank of 4 that switch the belly locker lights, the step, the outside lights & a internal light for when you come home in the dark, but you say you want to turn off the step for long periods, I wouldn't, left too long without moving they may seize up
so working them from time to time helps.
We would be in one place for months at a time but I definitely can see why you would want to keep them moving. Thanks for the info!
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