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Old 12-09-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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Problem with the electric step

my electric step is'ent working i was told it could be as simple as putting in a new fuse. And i know i dont have luck like that
Just how do i go about finding out whats wrong with it, oh fuses i dont know where they are
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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Like always, it might help to know what year and model RV we're talking about here?
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:42 PM   #3
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Hi Gary
Its a 1993 ford fleetwood bounder with a lot of small things not working, and i just have to take one thing at a time. The step has never worked in my time which is about 7 weeks
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I think you may find the BCC ( battery control center ) under the hood. It's a black box that has fuses and a lot of other goodies. There is also other areas in your MH that has fuses. Fleetwood may be able to help you out with some of your issues/ questions as well as email you schematics for your electrical ( 110 & 12v ) plumbing and furnace. Their # is 800-322-8216 and email is fleetwoodmotorhomeservice@fleetwoodrv.com

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Automatic steps have lots of interlocking controls, fuses and circuits. The ignition switch controls whether the steps will come out or not, to prevent them being out while to coach is in motion - another sensor in the door senses when the door opens, to trigger the deployment of the steps, just to name a couple - and on our '88 Winnie, there's also a switch panel next to the door that controls inside and outside lights - and also enables/disables the automatic steps.

It becomes a matter of checking and eliminating them each, one by one - but I'd start at any associated fuses I could locate, and also check to see that there's 12 volts at the step motor during the time the steps should be operating, in case it's a motor failure - but stay clear of the step deployment path - don't wanna get smacked by them in case they actually start operating!
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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Th BCC on my step is mounted right behind the step. There is a inline fuse, you have to find the +12 VDC line (usually red) coming out of the BCC and follow it. I suggest you find the make and model, do an internet search. You may be able to download a manual. And yes, there are all sorts of controls and switches, but with a little patience and luck you will find the problem.
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99 percent of the time they just need a little lube. wd40 or what every you have on hand...... spray the heck out the steps and then while operating the step, help it manually until it frees up.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:44 PM   #8
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and if all the above does not work ,climb under and tap the motor with a hammer ,done it many times and always works for a while
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:22 PM   #9
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Electric Step intermittent

The electric steps on my 1994 Coachman Santara intermittently work. When you open the door, the little light underneath the steps goes on and you can hear a click sound (maybe a relay or something) but the steps don't move. The steps motor has been lubed. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Suggest you mechanically disconnect the motor from the step, usually a cotter pin is all that needs to be removed from the links, then test the motor by connecting 12 VDC to the motor. There are many things that control the motor, which requires that many tests, so by going right to the motor, you know the state of it. Make sure all is clear because, if the motor is good, it will rotate rather quickly.

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Thanks Dan, I'll give that a try.
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