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Old 07-06-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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Electric step won't open

New to the forum. Came across it while surfing the internet for help with our motorhome. We have a winnebago sightseer, 2008. Our electric step just stopped working one morning. It won't extend out. Any suggestions ? Thank you.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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Steps need maintence yearly, the urgency depends upon the atmosphere where the coach is located. Your is about the age where this is required. For example the joints need lubing and I use WD40 a couple of times a year. And if salt water is involved then the motor and related switches will need service with the proper cleaners and lubes. So either you or a service facility do must do the work.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:57 AM   #3
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I have 2005 H R and have removed step for cleaning, painting some rust spots and oiling and greasing. Already check the electric switches. It was working fine, but needed some attention.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:01 AM   #4
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dcasha,

Welcome to Irv2!!

In addition to lubing it, mine will not work if the chassis battery isn't fully charged. For some this isn't an issue because their chassis battery charges when the MH is plugged in, but on my MH the chassis battery isn't charged when plugged in.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:30 AM   #5
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I don't recommend using WD40 as it is more of a cleaner than a good lube. I use Castrol motorcycle chain lube. Only need to lube the steps once per year.
When I first got my coach the steps would shudder as they went in and out. Now they are smooth.
The lube contains protectant for rubber -chain "O" rings so is great for most things. Keep a rag handy for overspray as it contains graphite - dosn't get along with clothes or your wife if you get some on your clothes.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:13 PM   #6
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Ours just quit one day in the middle of the day. We had to replace the controller broad for the steps.
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Mine, like some, have trouble with the magnetic switch on the door frame. Mine won't open at times in the late afternoon when the sun has shined on it. If I tap the switch, it works. It also works in the morning when it is cool. Not bad enough yet for me to worry about replacing the switch.
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My steps also stopped working after only 10 months. Turns out the factory didn't secure the power wire going to the motor with a wire tie, so it got pinched in the gears.
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