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Old 11-25-2015, 07:08 AM   #1
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Steps retract when Heater turns off

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Been working in the MH and using the Heaters, Yesterday while outside I heard the heater turn off and my steps retracted. Ok? I looked at the step ground and it was secure- pulled the heater front plate off and checked all of the wires- all looked good. it did this 3 or 4 times.
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:30 AM   #2
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Vibration probably moved the magnetic switch on the screen door. I've had to get the door and wall contacts closer together on 3 RV's.
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Or your rv is possessed. Get a priest and a bucket of Holy Water. Maybe some crosses and garlic for good measure. Weird.......
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You Guys are Hilarious!!!
But I think after the Exorcism I'll look at the Door Magnet and its wiring.
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But I think after the Exorcism I'll look at the Door Magnet and its wiring.
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Not certain about the vibration, but if it's cold, you put heat to it, the gap probably changed a bit triggering the steps..?
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Summary : the door was closed each time the steps retracted .
Today I turned the front heater on and left the door open , when the heater shutoff the steps did not retract- not once - I cycled the heater 3 times ,
Next I'm removing the door magnets and take a closer look at those and the wiring. It's been in there for 24 years.


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92 American - Heater- Atwood 8500 series.
Been working in the MH and using the Heaters, Yesterday while outside I heard the heater turn off and my steps retracted. Ok? I looked at the step ground and it was secure- pulled the heater front plate off and checked all of the wires- all looked good. it did this 3 or 4 times.
Any Ideas ?
Well, after spending 15 years in the RV industry, I have a good understanding of the 12 volt wiring systems and they can be troublesome….that said, you did the first thing I would have , check the ground, and now again, check the real ground, at the batteries, at the control panel….well…just every ware..period. 12 volt will take the path of least resistance, as strange as it may seem….even a control board can be effected……good hunting…..Richard
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Richard- Great suggestion!
On the ground check I'll begin at the Batteries and move forward, I have the wiring schematics for the entire system.
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You said the ground was tight. Does that mean you just used your fingers to test the connection? If so, remove the fastener and clean the area with a wire brush, sandpaper, or scrape it with a knife. The crimp could be corroded as well so a good fresh connector would be advised.
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I completely redid the Step ground as you mentioned then coated it with battery terminal grease .
I was at my inside storage today and tested it again while working on another project and with the door closed when the heater shuts off the steps retract . I them opened the door and the heater cycled 2 more times and the steps stayed out.
Must be in the magnet I'll tear into it next week as I have other projects to finish up on the inside.


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