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Old 05-20-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Having step problems

I am currently having step problems on my 1991 coachman Oshkosh truck chassis. When I shut the door the steps try and go up but the motor is stuck and it just keeps trying to take the steps up until I take the wire off the battery. I don't think its the motor so is it the controler? any help would be great. Thanks, Jeff
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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I am currently having step problems on my 1991 coachman Oshkosh truck chassis. When I shut the door the steps try and go up but the motor is stuck and it just keeps trying to take the steps up until I take the wire off the battery. I don't think its the motor so is it the controler? any help would be great. Thanks, Jeff
Does it just keep banging aginst the stop when trying to go up? That's what mine does, but it does it in either up or down mode, sure would like to know what the fix it, very time I turn around it's another hundred or so
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I don't think it is hitting the stop. When they are down they go up about a inch or two then just sit there and run and moves back and forth a inch or so until I break the circut. I agree its the little things that eat you up on the older RVs
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have you tried disconnecting the pin from the motor and see if they will move freely up & down,if not, get some dry lube spray and lube everything real good and work them up & down by hand until it gets real easy then hook it back up and see what happens. If it's real rusty you may need to use a rust penetrant first then after that use a dry lube so dirt won't stick to it.
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have you tried disconnecting the pin from the motor and see if they will move freely up & down,if not, get some dry lube spray and lube everything real good and work them up & down by hand until it gets real easy then hook it back up and see what happens. If it's real rusty you may need to use a rust penetrant first then after that use a dry lube so dirt won't stick to it.
Thers a pin in the motor you can disconnect???
Mine has what appears to be a stub on the bottom of the motor you can put a crescent wrench on to move them maually, I have not tried that yet, too many other things keep popping up that seem to need attention
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Thers a pin in the motor you can disconnect???
Mine has what appears to be a stub on the bottom of the motor you can put a crescent wrench on to move them maually, I have not tried that yet, too many other things keep popping up that seem to need attention

On most steps there is a pin where the arm from the motor attaches to the clevis that moves the steps. The motor / controller is usually from a electric car windows. The controller is supposed to stop when the amps get too high as the motor binds when the steps hit the stops. I personally have not seen a set up where the stops included switches or contacts that stopped the motor.

On my steps if I disconnect the motor arm from the steps that arm will travel both ways without hitting anything and stopping. Then trying to move the steps in manaully I found that they were binding. I used a wire brush and some pb blaster to free them up followed by some silicon spray lube and have not had a problem in a couple of years. Probably time to clean and lube again as a preventative measure.

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On most steps there is a pin where the arm from the motor attaches to the clevis that moves the steps. The motor / controller is usually from a electric car windows. The controller is supposed to stop when the amps get too high as the motor binds when the steps hit the stops. I personally have not seen a set up where the stops included switches or contacts that stopped the motor.

On my steps if I disconnect the motor arm from the steps that arm will travel both ways without hitting anything and stopping. Then trying to move the steps in manaully I found that they were binding. I used a wire brush and some pb blaster to free them up followed by some silicon spray lube and have not had a problem in a couple of years. Probably time to clean and lube again as a preventative measure.

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PB blaster? peanut butter blaster? please for us non mechanical types...explain!
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PB blaster is a product that breaks rust. It does a better job then WD40.

PB Penetrating Catalyst

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It can be found at most if not all auto parts places.
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Well I gotta update. I pulled the pin and the steps are moving freely. I have also put lithium grease in all the parts that rotate and unfortunately it still has a problem. So I went to a local rv shop to find out how much and wow it is kinda pricey to fix....lol. Said I would have to buy a new controller box and motor. Thanks for the help guys.
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Well I gotta update. I pulled the pin and the steps are moving freely. I have also put lithium grease in all the parts that rotate and unfortunately it still has a problem. So I went to a local rv shop to find out how much and wow it is kinda pricey to fix....lol. Said I would have to buy a new controller box and motor. Thanks for the help guys.
If it ever stops raining down here and the ground dries up a little So I get under the rv and have a look, I will see if I can see is what is wrong with my steps.
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Some people have been able to find the motor and controller from an auto parts store for significantly cheaper. It all depends on the model of the steps you have. Here is a link to a discussion on this site.

I need a Kwikee Step Motor

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Mine had a rivet break, then the big bolt break on one side, I was afraid DD or I might get hurt. They were weak, fatigued metal I guess so I bought new.

I bought the cheaper of the two and they reduced the price still was $490 including tax and $183 to install.

No more breaking but they still give more then I think they should. Likely have to get a bar welded or something. Are most ridgid when stepping on them? I do have an adjustable piece to put under the middle of the step but don't want to break them as the air depletes from the bags.

Just letting you know approx what a new one costs and this is only a 2 step one from Camperland.

On another motorhome hubby got one of those power window motors and it was a replacement for the original.
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Thanks for the great info!!!!!
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