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Old 09-28-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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Kwikee electric step problems

OK, it has been warm here in the Inland Empire the last week. I only mentioned the heat in case it could have been a cause and effect. Sunday when I closed the door the step retracted and then extended itself. I checked the switch and found no problem. Yesterday when I got home I discovered that the step was again extended. Again I check the switch and it looked OK, I open and close the door it retracted as it is suppose to do.

Has anyone had this problem and if so what did they discover to be the problem, and how did you repair it?

I would hate for it to be a problem while I am driving it, or is that why there is a step switch on the dash. Am I suppose to keep this switch on at all times, while the motor-home is motion? This is my first motor-home so I am still learning the ins and outs.
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OK, it has been warm here in the Inland Empire the last week. I only mentioned the heat in case it could have been a cause and effect. Sunday when I closed the door the step retracted and then extended itself. I checked the switch and found no problem. Yesterday when I got home I discovered that the step was again extended. Again I check the switch and it looked OK, I open and close the door it retracted as it is suppose to do.

Has anyone had this problem and if so what did they discover to be the problem, and how did you repair it?

I would hate for it to be a problem while I am driving it, or is that why there is a step switch on the dash. Am I suppose to keep this switch on at all times, while the motor-home is motion? This is my first motor-home so I am still learning the ins and outs.
Two things to check, the magnetic switch on the screen door. I had a pinched wire that gave me a problem. Also on mine I had a heat related problem where the steps would not extend after driving on hot days. Someone on this net suggested I check the ground on the steps ----- they were right on. After cleaning and re-tightening the ground lug, all is fine now.

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Shellback1, can I assume you was once in the Navy, I ask only because that is where I became a shellbacker?

You said a the magnetic switch on the screen door, as far as I know there is not one, the switch I am referring to is the bottom switch in my door jam, as far as I know my screen door has nothing to do with the button switch, but I can be wrong.

I will check my ground first regardless, hopefully that was the problems. A bad ground creates many problems overall, so that is a good starting point

Also it seem as if my step doesn't retract as far as it could, I lubed it with little effect, but not know how far it retract when it was new, I have no baseline.
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Shellback1, can I assume you was once in the Navy, I ask only because that is where I became a shellbacker?

You said a the magnetic switch on the screen door, as far as I know there is not one, the switch I am referring to is the bottom switch in my door jam, as far as I know my screen door has nothing to do with the button switch, but I can be wrong.

I will check my ground first regardless, hopefully that was the problems. A bad ground creates many problems overall, so that is a good starting point

Also it seem as if my step doesn't retract as far as it could, I lubed it with little effect, but not know how far it retract when it was new, I have no baseline.

Yea in the Navy, once a pollywog, till we crossed the equator going to Viet-Nam. Most new MH have a magnetic switch on the screen door to activate the steps.
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I too was a lowly polliwog, and earned d my shellback in the same fashion during the same period, may I ask yo what ship and when? I was a crew member of the USS Coral Sea CVA-43. And we were on our was to Australia for R&R. Thank you for your Service.

Mine is an older RV a 83 Pace Arrow so it may not be the same set up, in fact mine was a aftermarket product because it came with a fold up step originally.
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I too was a lowly polliwog, and earned d my shellback in the same fashion during the same period, may I ask yo what ship and when? I was a crew member of the USS Coral Sea CVA-43. And we were on our was to Australia for R&R. Thank you for your Service.

Mine is an older RV a 83 Pace Arrow so it may not be the same set up, in fact mine was a aftermarket product because it came with a fold up step originally.
I was on the USS Independence CVA62 with VF-84 Jolly Rogers, Westpac Cruise 1965.

Good luck on fixing the step.
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10 4 a few years ahead of me, I was in V-3 division , Hanger bay, from 1968 to 1972 spent my entire 4 year pushing airplanes around, but none the less I am proud of my service, and all of those sailors who served with me.
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Most switch's for controlling steps are left on to keep steps open until you place key in ignition switch which will over ride switch while camping.
When you are driving or place key in ignition switch to drive operate your step switch "off" and see the result.
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Again being mine was installed by the owner and not factory, I assume it does not apply being I can start the engine and the step remains down, no matter how many times I turn the engine on and or off.

So you are saying if after I start the engine and turn the switch off, it will still retract?
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