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Old 09-17-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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We have a Monaco La Palma 1999....
wondering if there is a switch that can be installed on the interior wall to keep the step from coming in and out..

It has an on / off switch now on the wall but was wondering if there is a switch that will turn it off completely while we are parked for a long time

Thanks for any input on this
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We have a Monaco La Palma 1999....
wondering if there is a switch that can be installed on the interior wall to keep the step from coming in and out..

It has an on / off switch now on the wall but was wondering if there is a switch that will turn it off completely while we are parked for a long time

Thanks for any input on this
Normally, the switch you have will cause the steps to remain in whichever position they are at WHEN you flip the switch to "off". IOW, try flipping the switch to "off" after they are either deployed or retracted, whichever position you want them to remain in. At least that is the way mine works. Good luck.
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On our rig, the steps will move in and out when the door is closed if the step switch is in the on position.

If the engine keys are in the ignition it will also, usually, move in and out even if the step switch is off.

Initially, after shutting off the engine and removing the keys from ignition, the door must be closed two times to then get the steps to stay extended by then turning off the step switch.

I do not know if this is standard behavior, but you might test yours against the above parameters.
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Our steps go in and out even with the switch off if the keys are in the ignition...

We just had a new step installed and new door switch and wall switch...

My husband is disabled so we have a platform outside the door with steps ....made of pressure treated wood...
we are trying to avoid the steps hitting the platform at any time...I think that is what ruined our other step..
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I have an 06 LaPalma, and i know exactly what you're talking about...any time I would open the door, out goes the step ! Huge PITA when i pull up to a gas island with a curb, step doing battle with curb, and won't stop. 2 steps, 3 motors, spoke to monaco, they fed me a line of BS saying can't shut the step off, its a safety feature,I should be happy.
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It would be pretty easy to wire in a switch to completely cut the main power to the steps. I'm sure is you find a reputable service center and explain your situation it would not be a problem. Make sure they use a switch that is rated for the amperage of the steps or a relay, but again a reputable shop will know that. Good luck.
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I just had another thought, and you may be able to do this yourself even. If you have a magnetic switch on the door, you might just be able to just stick a magnet to it and the system will think the door is closed and keep the steps up. I found this out on accident while standing on the steps trying to tighten the switch mounting screws with a magnetic screwdriver!
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