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Old 05-30-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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Replacement motor for Kwikee steps

I am having trouble with my Kwikee brand steps on a 06 Phaton not retracting completely sometimes. I posted a thread and got several suggestions. Thanks. My problem was finally diagonised as a weak electric motor. I was told by someone that a car window electric drive motor is the same as the step motor and can be matched. The auto parts stores here say they can only match by part numbers and will not look through their inventory to find a match. Has anyone had any experience with this? The best price I found for the RV motor on the internet was $147.00 and a window motor, which looks the same cost about $35.00. If it will work, "hay".
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:14 PM   #2
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Here's a link to some info on the rv.net forum. It might help.
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Tech Issues: KWIKEE STEP MOTOR REPLACEMENT SERIES 32-with photos
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:48 PM   #4
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I am having trouble with my Kwikee brand steps on a 06 Phaton not retracting completely sometimes. I posted a thread and got several suggestions. Thanks. My problem was finally diagonised as a weak electric motor. I was told by someone that a car window electric drive motor is the same as the step motor and can be matched. The auto parts stores here say they can only match by part numbers and will not look through their inventory to find a match. Has anyone had any experience with this? The best price I found for the RV motor on the internet was $147.00 and a window motor, which looks the same cost about $35.00. If it will work, "hay".
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Go to www.anyrvparts.com and buy the conversion kit for $239.99. It contains the control unit, linkage, magnetic door switch and motor. It's cheaper buying the conversion kit than buying each part individually.
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Step Motor, Why?

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Go to www.anyrvparts.com and buy the conversion kit for $239.99. It contains the control unit, linkage, magnetic door switch and motor. It's cheaper buying the conversion kit than buying each part individually.
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Why spend $30 for a motor, when you can spend $240 for a motor and a bunch of parts (conversion kit) that you will never need?
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Kwikee Stuck Steps Fixed

Mel,

You're right. I bought the backup Dorman #742-277 lift motor from AutoZone and had my mechanic install it. Total labor $121.22. I could have done this myself but somebody worked on the steps before I bought it (I'm the second owner) and had installed the linkage clevis pin backwards. In the stored position it was next to impossible to get to the cotter pin to remove it and then manually lower the steps to troubleshoot the step components. Somehow he was able to lower the steps because the cotter pin is in its original position and since my time and fingers are worth a lot to me I feel that I got a good deal. Good for the economy as well. Wealth re-distribution.

The new motor works and the steps operate perfectly.

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Old 08-24-2011, 06:29 PM   #7
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Kwikee motors are electric window motors and gears. Nothing special about them.
The car parts place will not look for you. Ask them to let you look through the book. That is how I found mine
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Here are some possible sources for inexpensive replacements I have saved from various threads over the years.

" 1) AM Equipment 402 E. Hazel St Jefferson, OR 97352, (541) 327-1546 the motor is $29 plus $7 shipping.

2) www.rvdealership.com that sells a repair parts kit made specifically for these units - includes gears.

3) Replacement step motor at AutoZone. It's a Siemens "Window Lift Motor", part number WL43003.

4) Autozone. The brand is "Siemens"
The ID tag lists the following numbers:
59720-20
121899

5) A 1986-1995 Ford Taurus left front window lift motor matched my motor. NAPA part # BK655-1395 $63.99 I ordered my motor from Auto-Zone Manufactured by Dorman part# 742-206. This has a lifetime Warranty and was $49.99. "

Also these guys rebuild the older non-encapsulated circuit boards: HERE
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Clay, thanks for posting all that info. I don't need a motor now, but you never know. I added your info to a folder I keep on my computer that includes parts lists, repair links, service manuals, parts sources etc. It may come in handy some day.
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Help, I have 05 Allegro Bay steps will not retract under motor home. What motor can I use to replace old one?
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The link in post #2 describes the Taurus motor. That is what I used to repair mine.
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Help, I have 05 Allegro Bay steps will not retract under motor home. What motor can I use to replace old one?
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It could be several things besides the motor. Step switch by the door. Bad mag switch on door/jam, fuse, loose wire connection and step hinges in dire need of lubrication.
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Take a look at post #8.
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When you try to use the Taurus window motor be careful. After a lot of attempts finally realized the shaft was 1/4 inch longer than original. the housing on the motor will not match original. Hope yours will match better.
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