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Old 12-12-2012, 01:12 AM   #1
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Electric steps draining battery

I find for some reason that if I leave the switch on for the electric steps while the coach is stored its draining my engine battery. The steps are in the up position when stored and even not being used. I reach through the screen door and shut switch off after steps are up the battery stays charged. Do these consume some power when switch is on even though they aren't being used?
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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The controller needs power to not only operate the motor but also to monitor the door switch. Do you not have a chassis battery disconnect switch? This too kills power for storing the coach. Good luck and keep us posted.
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your step system uses a load sensor circuit to shut them off.
it is possible it has a failed resistor or diode or?? in it causing this.
as far as I understand the workings, when the door switch grounded,
the steps retract. when the ground is broken, the steps deploy.
once the motor is started, it draws about 6 amps to operate.
When they reach their maximum deployment or retraction,
the motor "stalls", the amperage raises sharply, to maybe 12 amps, and the controller quickly disconnects the power. almost the same way a ckt breaker works.
so I would say, the controller may have an issue...
most any VOM has an "amp" scale.. check the leads..
note the amps draw, and contact the mfg for advice.
good luck. prolly somethin easy if I was looking at it. ;-)
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:48 AM   #4
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It makes sense that if they use power to monitor door switch that I'm having a problem storing with switch on. During the summer I left steps down with switch off since we were in and out a lot. Stored with steps up because of possible freezing but didn't shut switch off. First year for motorhome and I had to repair gearbox on steps when I bought it. I will at controller a little closer when weather gets better. Meanwhile I'll leave switch off and hopefully I'll be okay. I have a isolater switch but it isolates coach batteries, steps run off my engine battery. thanks for the help
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Ours has a step light that stays on when the step switch is not turned off and has drained the battery. I always make sure I turn off the step switch when parked.
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Ours has a step light that stays on when the step switch is not turned off and has drained the battery. I always make sure I turn off the step switch when parked.
I go under the steps and unplug the light...then I don't worry about the light staying on.
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I never considered the light since I thought It was only on when steps are down. I will ckeck. If it stays on even in retracted position I'll unplug it since its easy to forget to reach through screen door access door and shut switch off. Really appreciate the input
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I never considered the light since I thought It was only on when steps are down. I will ckeck. If it stays on even in retracted position I'll unplug it since its easy to forget to reach through screen door access door and shut switch off. Really appreciate the input
My light also stayed on with the steps retracted ... it is now unplugged. In addition, because I have had binds, I have a 2 - step plastic step that I carry in the RV. When I'm away from the RV for awhile, I place the plastic steps next to the door, stand inside the stairwell, retract the steps, turn off the power switch, step out onto the plastic steps, and put the plastic steps in the stairwell.
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It should go off when the door closes.
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It should go off when the door closes.
Yes, but the 15 year old controller has decided it will make it's own decisions ....
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Never did like those light just for issues like this, most of the time customer wants them left unplugged when replacing the controller
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:07 AM   #12
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Checked light its okay. I looked in owners manual and under extended storage one of the things listed is " Shut off electric step switch" I guess when all else fails "Read the directions" If my battery maintainer wouldn't have tripped due to ground fault circuit I probably wouldn't realized this was an issue. R V Wizard's tip on using power when switch is on even though the steps are not used and light not on is something to remember. New to motorhoming have lot to learn. Thanks everyone for help. Happy Holidays
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