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Old 01-31-2015, 02:06 PM   #1
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Stair question

Hi,

My stair motor has quit working. We are on the road and would prefer to wait to replace the motor until we get home.
I am thinking of disconnecting the stairs from the motor and positioning them manually.
Does anybody have any suggestions on how I could use the stairs?

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Are you sure you lost the motor? No voltage out?
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Old 01-31-2015, 02:35 PM   #3
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Unhook the motor linkage? But, I would suspect it would not be safe. Maybe use a good quality multi step stool?


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Old 01-31-2015, 02:41 PM   #4
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Safest thign I have found is a small ladder or set of external steps. Either are fairly easy to find or constructe. Had it happen once or twice.

MOST COMMON STEPS DO NOT WORK issue is answered by the slight re-write of a song (Duke of Earl)
Lube Lube Lube Lub-ra-cate (line repeats several times)
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Old 01-31-2015, 03:18 PM   #5
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Do you realize that the motor is the same as an electric window motor in a car? It takes a few minutes to remove 3 or 4 screws/bolts and undo the quick disconnect electrical connection. Take it to one of national auto part chains and get an exact replacement. Reverse the procedure.
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Unless you tested it directly, it's probably not the motor
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Unless you tested it directly, it's probably not the motor
How would I do this?
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Same thing happened to us two weeks ago, problem was a broken wire from the magnetic door switch.

I was surprised that the step rocker switch wouldn't over ride that broken wire circuit. Still don't understand why not.??
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Look for the simple stuff first. checdk the main ground wire on the steps assembly where it connects to the chassis. This connection is frequently a problem. Take it apart, make the connections clean and shiny, especially where it connects to the frame. Reassemble and try it. if it works, paint the assembled connection to keep corrosion out.
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My steps didn't work. I checked all fuses all ok. Cleaned ground and lubed moving parts. Banged motor nothing worked. Mobile RV repair attended we checked fuses and found 25 amp motor fuse blown. I quess the one I checked was the spare beside it. Changed fuse fuse blew. He pulled motor gears looked a little worn on both gears. Re installed and stairs worked. I didn't know if ths was a short term fix so I replaced motor and board. Should be good for another 8 years. The new replacement board was much better it was sealed so no water can get in. I asked tech about a power window motor and he said would work but not enough torque and would not last?

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Check fuse for steps.

Lubricate the sliders.

Apply a magnet to the door frame switch.

Check power to the step motor with a multi meter. ( On my rig, door open, step switch on, battery switch on, should be power to the motor.)

Do not stand in the step area when testing. They might decide to work! (Ouch)
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Same thing happened to us two weeks ago, problem was a broken wire from the magnetic door switch.
I was surprised that the step rocker switch wouldn't over ride that broken wire circuit. Still don't understand why not.??
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The step rocker switch controls the operation of the electric step.
Like everything/anything electrical the step rocker switch can't do it's job if a wire is broken.
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Hi,

The switch is working, there is power to the motor.
Found that I can use a couple of C clamps to hold the steps open. It takes a few minutes at setup and take down but we have the stairs to use.
Will get it fixed when we get home.
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These motors work on polarity reversing...in other words...the power wire works with a ground for one direction and then you apply a ground to what was the power wire and apply power to what was the ground...this can be done with a separate battery that is not part of your RV. This is an emergency procedure only but also is the method used for testing the motor.
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