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Old 08-18-2017, 05:32 PM   #1
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I have the Kwikee Electric Steps on my motorhome. Today, I opened the motorhome door and the steps would not extend. I could hear a click or two, and the light under the steps turned on, but the steps would not extend. I heard no noise from the motor. I checked the auto on/off step switch and it was in the proper position. The chassis battery had a good charge and I even started the motorhome. I checked all wires and connections to the steps and they appeared fine. The motor has been replaced once before a couple of years ago.

I left the storage area and made arrangements for the storage worker to pull my coach out for an appointment tomorrow with the RV dealership. I just received a text from the storage worker stating the steps are working fine now. He said he opened and shut the door about ten times and the steps worked every time. He was with me when the steps were not working. He did not hit any switches inside the coach nor did he move the coach. He just opened the door and the steps started working again.

Could this be a sign the motor is going? Thoughts?

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Old 08-18-2017, 05:41 PM   #3
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I have the Kwikee Electric Steps on my motorhome. Today, I opened the motorhome door and the steps would not extend. I could hear a click or two, and the light under the steps turned on, but the steps would not extend. I heard no noise from the motor. I checked the auto on/off step switch and it was in the proper position. The chassis battery had a good charge and I even started the motorhome. I checked all wires and connections to the steps and they appeared fine. The motor has been replaced once before a couple of years ago.

I left the storage area and made arrangements for the storage worker to pull my coach out for an appointment tomorrow with the RV dealership. I just received a text from the storage worker stating the steps are working fine now. He said he opened and shut the door about ten times and the steps worked every time. He was with me when the steps were not working. He did not hit any switches inside the coach nor did he move the coach. He just opened the door and the steps started working again.

Could this be a sign the motor is going? Thoughts?

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That sounds like a corroded connection. (frequently referred to as a weak ground, but can be the power wire as well.) Clean ALL connections.
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Agree, check the ground first. If not the ground, sounds like the Controller may be going.
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Second with the ground, mine stopped due to that, just rusty ground bolt to the frame a couple feet away. Then ran down the coach and found 2 more grounds that were suspect, and just cleaned. Hit with Dielectric grease, refastened all fine.
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Several posts have said ground wire I agree, grab it where it's screwed to your chassis make sure it's got a good connection.
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Doesn't sound like the OP is one to fix it even if he knows what needs to be done.
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Doesn't sound like the OP is one to fix it even if he knows what needs to be done.
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Why would you say that?

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Mine did the same thing, I put my hand on the motor making sure I would not get pinched if it decided to work. I could feel the motor try to start when the door was opened. Turn out to be the gears were jamming. I took it apart greased and resembled it. Works fine.
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Take a rubber mallet and give it a few wacks I have to do this sometimes
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**Update**

After doing my research, I decide to buy a replacement motor. I removed the old motor and while still plugged in, I opened the door to see if the motor would work. The gear on the motor turned slightly and stopped. After that the motor would no longer work. I installed the new motor and the steps now work fine.

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