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Old 03-26-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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Hello....I am a new member with no experience in camping.
Bought a used 2005 FR Sunseeker in the fall. Have not used it yet. Having trouble with the electric step. It is locked in a half open position. I hear clicking when the door opens and closes, but the step doesn't move. Anyone have any ideas what I should do? I am a little handy.

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:12 AM   #2
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Do you know what brand/model of step it is? This'll help get you more answers. There should have been a manual for the steps supplied with the coach when new.

In general, I'd make sure all moving parts are free to move, and properly lubricated. The steps are particularly susceptible to rust as they are exposed to the elements, and to road salt. I inspect and lubricate my steps as part of my annual pre-season PM schedule.

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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It might be seized up from road/weather. Try cleaning all the joints underneath with WD-40, be careful! They can injure you!! Shut off the step while working under it!

If its not moving at all, I don't know if you can move it by hand to extend it to get to all the joints underneath. Mine I could "help" it back up as it was retracting.

Mine was not retracting all the way, sprayed the heck out of it in all the joints (ya gotta crawl underneath and spray them, only way to get to them) and moving parts, which cleaned it all up and steps are operating fine now. Clean them, if they run ok, operate the steps 2 or 3 times, re spray them, then follow up with some white lithium grease in a month.

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. During the partial movement, you may be able to physically help the steps in or out and then lubricate all the moving parts and hinge points. Hope this helps...
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Hello Caburke2! Congratulations on the new rig. When we bought our first MH, we went to the campground a few miles from the house to get used to everything. Hope you can get out soon and enjoy the RV life. Once you get comfortable with it, you will have some great adventures. Safe travels.
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Welcome to IRV2! Can't help with the question. Good luck & God bless!
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Howdy and welcome to the forum! I see that you have already gotten good tips on lubricating your steps. I'll just add to make sure that your main battery switch is turned ON if you haven't done so. (Although it sounds like it is on because you're hearing a clicking noise.) Good luck.
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Kind of a dumb question but is your battery(s) fully charged?
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Originally Posted by LSC9901 View Post
Kind of a dumb question but is your battery(s) fully charged?
Not a dumb question at all. A lot of times if the battery is not fully charged the steps will not operate properly. Be sure to keep your hands out of any workig area of the steps. If they should suddenly retract it will be an unforgiving experience for sure. You should have the power off when working on them.

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Hi caburke2, welcome to the forum.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:39 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the well wishes, welcome and helpful ideas. The steps are Frigette/SCS now owned by Lippert. I had to order manuals from Forest River for eveything for this MH because it came with nothing. It was a repo from out in Phoenix. The book I got was not too helpful. But I got more info on the Lippert site. I bought dry silicone spray as it said to do and sprayed the bolts on the sides of the step, but I was under there the other day and some of the moving parts do look like they have rust. So I will try the suggestions.
Am I better using the silicone spray or the lithium? And do I have to be careful to NOT get that lubrication on any other parts?
(I have had the MH plugged in all winter to keep the batteries on a trickle charge and I did have the battery switch on and the little step switch on when I was trying it.)

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