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Old 06-19-2008, 06:16 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 1994 Fleetwood Southwind. I haven't been able to lock the step down while camping. I'm afraid one of my family might get hurt from the step coming out each time.
I have the RV totally parked (keys out, jacks down, parking break on). I open the door to extend the step and it comes out. With the door open I then turn off the entry step. When I shut the door the step still retracts and then won't operate until the switch is on. Any ideas???
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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I recently purchased a 1994 Fleetwood Southwind. I haven't been able to lock the step down while camping. I'm afraid one of my family might get hurt from the step coming out each time.
I have the RV totally parked (keys out, jacks down, parking break on). I open the door to extend the step and it comes out. With the door open I then turn off the entry step. When I shut the door the step still retracts and then won't operate until the switch is on. Any ideas???
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:38 AM   #3
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musikfans, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. Try to find the numbers on the steps for model you have and then look at this Kwikee Step link for the info on how it is to be wired. Make sure the ignition switch circuit is not hot or the step controller thinks the key is on and on many models will retract the steps. I have added a shortcut to the New Members Check-In section so others can welcome you as well. Good luck and keep us posted.
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musikfans try turning the switch off and then turm the key on then off then try opening the door the steps should go out they are designed to open after you turn key off this cycle will be for one time only
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Perhaps someone has altered the wiring or the switch for the steps is failing. In troubleshooting a recent controller failure on my steps, I discovered via the provided diagrams that there actually can be 3 different fuses. One is on the main power line which feeds the steps. A second one is in the line from the ignition switch circuit. A third is associated with the door switch. I'm not sure what would happen if that fuse were blown.

Are you certain that when you throw the switch to turn off the steps, that is what you are actually doing? You might want to try leaving that switch in the "on" position and see what happens. On my steps, the switch is really executing a "follow the door" or "don't follow the door" logic and is never really "off" in any position.

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Old 06-20-2008, 10:42 AM   #6
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I had a similar issue on a brand new MH. The door switch and "on-off" switch were either reversed or wired in series - I don't recall which.

In the end the easiest fix was to disconnect all wiring at the step controller and reconnect one at a time as I confirmed with the wiring diagram. Has worked perfect ever since.
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Thanks for all the ideas. Based on my efforts and your ideas it must be that the wiring has been messed up. I've tried every possible combo with switch, door and ignition. I'm going to plan a day to rewire step-by-step (pun intended) and see if that gets it.
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Take alook at your BRAKE SWITCH which controls CC,STEPS, and lights of course. The brake pedel arm will ware the pin into switch and you may be able to turn to adjust gap to make up the difference of ware.
LIFT up brake arm to see if you can get steps to operate.
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The "ignition on" input will override the switch next to the door, If the engine is running the steps will stay up until the door is opened regardless of the step switch position. Maybe someone has altered this input or a failure in the control board is causing this problem. Look for your wiring diagram on the kwikee site, I think the wire you are looking for is yellow, the one that is connected to the ignition circuit. If it is showing 12 volts to ground, that is probally part of the problem, if not, then likely bad control board. If you can find out which ignition fuse it is, pull it and try the steps again. The on/off switch appears to working correctly since the step retracts and stays off.
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