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Old 02-12-2008, 06:49 PM   #1
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My MH has an orange color light underneath the step which obviously should benefit the safety of entering and exiting the coach at night.

However, I cannot seem to get the light to turn on. Bulb appears to be OK (put a new one in) and the wiring seems to be solid with no pinching or chaffed wires. I do not see a light sensor under the step. What am I missing?
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My MH has an orange color light underneath the step which obviously should benefit the safety of entering and exiting the coach at night.

However, I cannot seem to get the light to turn on. Bulb appears to be OK (put a new one in) and the wiring seems to be solid with no pinching or chaffed wires. I do not see a light sensor under the step. What am I missing?
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:05 PM   #3
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Our's does come on in rare circumstances, but I can't recall off hand what those circumstances are. It is NOT when I most want it to come on!! I wonder if it could be re-wired to come on with the "porch" light?? That would make sense to me!
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:27 AM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Naval Aviator:
My MH has an orange color light underneath the step which obviously should benefit the safety of entering and exiting the coach at night.

However, I cannot seem to get the light to turn on. Bulb appears to be OK (put a new one in) and the wiring seems to be solid with no pinching or chaffed wires. I do not see a light sensor under the step. What am I missing? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The light usually comes on only when the step is in the automatic mode and extended. If you have the step switch set so that the step stays extended/opened the light does not work.
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Ours comes on when the step is extended, but only when the porch light is on.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:14 AM   #6
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The light on our steps (Kwickee) works as Neil describes - it is only on when the steps are in the "on" position to automatically retract when the door is closed. Where is is located, it does not provide much light on the steps. I think it is there more as an indicator that the steps are in the automatic mode. When our steps are "off" to stay extended all the time, the light is off no matter what the porch light is doing.

What Bob describes would make more sense, especially if the light were in a better location. Maybe it depends on how the coach manufacturer does the wiring.
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I have the Kwikee steps and the light comes on only when the door is opened. The steps are always extended as we are boondocking now.
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This is why I am going to mount another 12V light under the steps and have it to work with a wireless remote control, or a FOB. I have the FOB and light, just waiting for this weather to break.
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Our light comes on no mater if the steps are out or in, it works when we turn on the light over the door
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Ours works the same as Bob's. However, since our porch light and grab bar handle light both attract bugs, we don't leave them on & end up with dark steps.

We chose to install the RV SureSteps. Aside from a glitch with them in the beginning that resolved itself, they've worked well for us & I like the soft blue light produced.

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My light only worked when the switch was in the on position and steps were extended. Didn't make sense to me as I virtually never have the switch in the on position especially at night. With the engine running it is over ridden anyway.

I had Newmar wire it so it worked w/the patio light which also powers the inside step light and grab bar. That way underneath the steps was lit at night while camping.

Once you find the righ wire it is simple to do. In fact, I replaced my steps myself and was successful at replicating the wiring change.
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From my quikee step manual for Winnebagos:
l The light is 'on' when the step is extended.
l The light is 'off' when the step is retracted.
l If the step lockout switch is 'on' and the step is extended by opening the door
and the door is left open, the light will turn 'off' after five minutes.
l If the step lockout switch is 'off' and the door is open, the light stays on
continuosly.


Since they tied the steps into the chassis battery for power I have taken the bulb out. The Manual also has directions to tie the steps in with the patio light and I might do that sometime, if I can catch up on all the other projects and to-do's I would be tempted to use a small string of led rope lighting instead of using the kwikee bulb.
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If you are going to do LED lighting you might want to try these. They come in 12", 24", and 48" lengths and different colors. I just received a 12" white one and as soon as i can i'm going to mount it under my steps.
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