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Old 07-21-2013, 05:06 PM   #1
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The Newmar manual states that I should be able to turn off the power switch to the steps to keep them retracted such as if I am at a curb. This does not seem to be working.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to irv2. On my Fleetwood , I need to turn the step switch on for them to stay out while parked and off if I want them retracted. Other members with your brand will be along shortly.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Welcome to irv2 Wendy.
The step when opening will go out and the switch in display area you would turn on to lock.

Once locked if you put key in ignition and turn to start engine the operation will override the locked out step so you will not damage step when driving.

If this doesn't happen you need to check three ground wire locations one the heavy green wire which will be to chassis frame to left of steps when your under coach, it should be OK because Newmar covers connection and you will not see it, and small green wire to the control unit itself and screwed to the step base plate and one from the door magnetic switch which most people over look.

This will be found to right of step up on a squared D frame member welded to the chassis frame. This wire will become corrosive from road salts and screw needs to be removed with star washer and frame sand papered and use di-electric grease to protect.

If after checking all this out you may need a new step control because of age and vibration damage to relays in control.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION DO NOT HAVE YOUR BODY UNDER STEP WHEN WORKING ON IT OR YOUR CHEST WILL BE CRUSHED BY THE STEP WHEN OPENING.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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Kwikee owners manual #875 for older step models Para 4 says:
"If your step is equipped with a power
switch, turn it off. The step should
remain in the extended position with
the understep light off when the door
is closed. Turning off the power with
the step retracted will hold the step in
a retracted position as well

What it does not say is, you must have the key off and door closed when turning the step switch off to keep the step retracted. That is how my steps operate anyway.

Kwikee owners manual #888 for newer step models.
And finally, kwikee.com has a library of downloadable documents for troubleshooting, testing, adjusting, and repairing your steps
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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some setups like mine run off 2 lines the switch and the key when driving

this 12v line form the key some times gets wired to stay on when ppl have a hard time getting the steps to work one day
or add some thing i am sure this is whats going on with yours
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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Hi Wendy E Abra,
Welcome to iRV2. I'm not sure of the scenario you are experiencing that makes you feel the steps are not working correctly. With a Newmar coach regardless of the switch position:
1. door is open, steps are extended
2. ignition key is on steps are retracted

The switch is for the steps to remember and hold the last position (extended or retracted) when the ignition key is off.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:28 PM   #7
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grarykd thanks for that i guess i have the older 06 setup as my switch is just setup up to cut power

its nice to see the new setups have a remember mood on them
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Hi terry735001,
My coach is an 05. What I posted is how my step and step switch works.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #9
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Wendy,
My steps seem to have a mind of their own. Kwikee steps, when I open the screen door my steps extend and if I open it again they retract. But, depending on where they are when I shut off the power switch at the door, they might stay retracted or they might not. I have had them in the retracted position, with the power switch off and for some reason they extend. This usually happens at the house when I'm next to the curb. Luckily, they have a pressure switch on them so they stop when they hit the curb and when I open the screen they retract again. Unfortunately, they don't retract when I start the engine like the sign says as you walk out the door. So I have to make sure I double check them before I drive off.
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