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Old 03-15-2010, 06:56 AM   #1
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Another Newbie Question

First, thanks for the help you all have given me as a new RVer. Hopefully in the future I'll attain the experience to help too. My next question concerns the electric coach step. It is a CSC/Frigette. Step opens automatically when the coach door is open even with the house batteries are off so I'm assuming it is powered by the cab battery. Instructions say to control the action use the amber power switch. Don't have one or haven't found it yet. There are (2) small lighted toggle (red), switches to the left of the step and they only show red when the coach batteries are engaged. Can you tell me the procedures to close the step without turning on the cab ignition, that does close the step. 2004 Sunseeker 2600S.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:57 AM   #2
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Assuming that yours is a Kwikee step, on of the switches is probably what I call the "follow the door" switch. What this means is that with the switch in one position, the steps will extend and stay out after the ignition is off. The other position of that switch should move the step every time the door opens.

It is a safety issue that the steps be extended when the door is opened. In a panic to get out of the RV, it is important that the steps are open as the fall to the ground is fairly long.

It should be easy enough to test. Push the switch and then open and close the door. It is possible that neither of those switches control the door.

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Old 03-15-2010, 08:56 AM   #3
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Kwikee has two different controllers (With the steps out and keeping out of their way should they decide to come in crawl under and look up to the top of the assembly

If the controller is a retangular box.. that's old style

if its looks almost traangular (Right triangle, actually a trapazoid (4 sizes but one very short and one sloaping) that's the new style

Now was that easy or what

Both styles.. Start the vehicle with the steps out, close the door and they retract

OLD style.. POWER switch on, steps follow door

Power off they stay put save as noted above

New Style

Switch on, steps will extend when door is open and stay there except as noted above
Switch off, steps follow door

NOTE: On the new style (I do not have an old style to test) if you close the door and THEN start the choach... Steps remain extended (NOT GOOD)
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And don't forget that the steps take 2-3 seconds (or longer) to extend. Wait for them.
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If you release the parking brake mine close before you drive off. No matter what position the switch is in.
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I think Hocky's problem is that he cannot find the switch that controls how the step acts, e.g. follow-the-door or not. It is probably NOT either of the two lighted switches he mentioned, but ought to be close to the entry door.

Can somebody who actually owns a Forest River Sunseeker help him out on the switch location?

Hocky... you might want to ask this question in the Forest River Owners forum:
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