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Old 04-02-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Stair cover slide

I have a 2001 Winnebago Journey DL with an air actuated stairwell cover slide. It broke. Symptoms are that it will close (cover the stairwell) but will not open (uncover the stairwell) so watch your forehead and that first step! My temporary solution was to disconnect the air actuated ram and shove the rod back into the cylinder and the step cover back into its slot and not use the air actuation. It seems there are a couple of what seems to be "air switches" or valves or something that controls the air in the front of the coach "under the hood" just beyond arms length. Custom design work at its finest. ANYWAY...! Has anyone had experience with this issue? I would surely like to not stand on my head and test my sinuses for post nasal drip. My luck, jaws of life to pry me out! I have two identical looking "valves" with air lines going to the air ram. I can't determine what goes where without becoming a pretzel. I'm not a pretzel kind of guy. When I press the (electrical) switch that controls/actuates the slide, I hear a "click" like a relay actuating. This causes me to think this can of worms is meaner than me... Don't make me go to Winnebago, now...
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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OLdRXRer, The two "valves" that you've found are indeed the valves that control air to the stair cover. They are electrically operated solenoid valves. If you can determine which one does not cllick when either opening or closing the cover you can remove the coil from that valve clean and reinstall. To remove the coil there is a knurled flat nut that should only be hand tight on top. Unscrew that nut and you can pull the coil off. clean the plunger and the inside of the coil with a piece of Scotch Brite pad.
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OLdRXRer, The two "valves" that you've found are indeed the valves that control air to the stair cover. They are electrically operated solenoid valves. If you can determine which one does not cllick when either opening or closing the cover you can remove the coil from that valve clean and reinstall. To remove the coil there is a knurled flat nut that should only be hand tight on top. Unscrew that nut and you can pull the coil off. clean the plunger and the inside of the coil with a piece of Scotch Brite pad.
Might this also be a reason for slow operation? Previous to stopping, it retracted slowly, to the point of sometimes needing a foot in the ahh... Retraction. I would love dearly to kill a flock of birds with one stone. Thank you, very much. I consider myself fairly able. Sometimes ignorance catches me face down though... Simple cleanup I can do. Sometimes at great expense. Hasn't stopped me. Anything worth learning is worth paying for... Not sure I got that one exactly right...
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If it's clogged it may cause slow operation. There is a pressure regulator that may be the cause of slow operation too
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If it's clogged it may cause slow operation. There is a pressure regulator that may be the cause of slow operation too
Next item on the agenda is exploring in the nose of the coach. I'll let you know what I find just as soon as I get my head out of my... Last project. Thanks for your info!
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