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Old 01-06-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Kwikee Step Series 42 - has anyone taken one apart?

I'm looking for a service manual or advice on dismantling my Series 42 Kwikee step - it is the enclosed one that slides out like a pair of drawers. Has anyone taken one of these apart or have a maintenance manual - I have the user manual with some wiring and electrical troubleshooting info?

It was opening and closing intermittently, then stopped altogether. I decided to pull it out and bring it into the garage to work on it (bit of a chore - another example of user friendly RV design).

It is extremely dirty and in addition to doing some electrical/electronic diagnosis I'd like to remove the steps from the slides for a thorough cleaning and lubrication (the parts resemble large heavy duty drawer slide mechanisms). The bottom slide is held in with small bolts, so it would be a hassle but I could get it out, the upper is riveted in place and I don't fancy taking it apart.

I was hoping that there was a release similar to most drawer slides to allow the two parts of the slide to separate without having to remove the slide from the sides (pull out the "male" and leave the "female" bolted or riveted to the sides of the box). If there is I haven't figured it out.
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Maybe this will help.


http://support.powergearus.com/techdocs/1422258.pdf

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Cliff - thanks but that is the one I have. Doesn't show any of the mechanical parts and I can't find a service manual (even a proper exploded parts diagram is often helpful).

I want to pull the steps right out, but don't want to dismount the slide mechanisms from the box.

BTW - this sucker is HEAVY when you finally get it out. Don't do it unless you need to. In my case it is winter up here and no fun to spend hours lying under the MH out in the field where it is parked. Seemed easier to pull it and bring it up to the garage but I'm not sure I saved much.
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This is the step - I've added the little white arrows where I'd like to separate the two parts. I've dismantled the actuators underneath (to clean the thrust bearings).
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there may be spring tabs that can be pushed down at the back of the slides.

Look for small hole that s screwdriver can be inserted by the back end of the inside.
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Tony - thanks but sadly nothing resembling a release. Since the thing is on my bench I can get a good look at it.
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could be like the slides we used for the TV drawer.

When you slide them out do they make a clicking sound of something hitting or is it a soft stop?

Since they have actuators connected the retention does not need to be industrial duty.

Ours only has a bump to limit the travel of the ball bearing carrier, so you look at the carrier to see if there are any holes in it.

You slide the step and with a screwdriver in the hole you stop the carrier from moving, the step can be pulled out of the carrier with not much effort.

To replace you slide carriers to front, insert step, slide it full motion and the carrier will self Center.

Could be this if you cannot find a latch
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