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Old 10-12-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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Beaver steps magnetic switch question

Hello everyone,
I'm working on my 2004 Beaver Monterrey.
I have not been able to get any information on the operation of the steps switches from reading the manual.
My problem is, the steps will not move in or out. I did find out from reading that if you put a magnet to the door frame switch (not the door) the door will close. I have, and it does close.
What I'm not sure of is what that tells me. The door itself when closed will not activate the switch. So does the door switch need replacing or the door frame switch need replacement? Another question is, is the switch electrically activated or is it just an opposing magnet?
Any help would be wonderful.
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try posting this to the Monaco owners forum. I would think you may have better luck getting an answer there.
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Old 10-12-2016, 04:49 PM   #4
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If you have Kwikee steps which are very common, the switch is a magnetically activated reed switch. The magnet on the door frame may need to be adjusted so it can activate the reed switch. Modern magnets rarely lose power - that is why I suggest adjustment.
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have you checked to be sure the switch for the steps didn't get turned off?
does the light under the steps turn on when you open the door?
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My entry door has the same magnetic set up.

On occasion I have to re-educate the door frame switch with a magnet.

Currently, I have found that the door itself needs a position adjustment to restore the contact points.

Perhaps your door needs adjustment?

(Adjustment = Small Sledge Hammer plus a 2x4 on the edge of the door.)
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Hello and Thanks to everyone for posting your recommendations.

I have removed the magnet on the door and noticed it may not be strong
enough to activate the switch on the door frame. I don't think it needs adjustment because I placed the magnet from the door next to the door frame switch with no results. But if I use another magnet it will work.
I found a company, (C D, Del City) that has the door switch and door frame switch for $34.15.
I ordered them and hope that take care of the problem.
Thanks again for the help.
I'll let you know if it works
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Hello and Thanks to everyone for posting your recommendations.

I have removed the magnet on the door and noticed it may not be strong
enough to activate the switch on the door frame. I don't think it needs adjustment because I placed the magnet from the door next to the door frame switch with no results. But if I use another magnet it will work.
I found a company, (C D, Del City) that has the door switch and door frame switch for $34.15.
I ordered them and hope that take care of the problem.
Thanks again for the help.
I'll let you know if it works
Thanks!!
Great! One thing to be aware of - If they are Kwikee steps, earlier ones had a normally closed reed switch and later ones had a normally closed switch (or vice versa, I don't recall) so if the new switch seems to work in reverse that is why.
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