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Old 07-18-2010, 12:06 AM   #1
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Sensor for Steps

My daughter has a 2006 Forest River Forester. The electric step is made by Coach Step (by SCS). The steps will not retract. My first reaction was the motor was bad but then after reading numerous threads, they said to check the sensors. Well, this is where it get tricky for dear old dad, I can't find the sensors. Seriously, I found them on the internet and found 3 potential types, but for the life of me I cannot find them on the coach.

This is putting a serious crunch on my daughter telling my son in law that dad can fix it.

If anyone can shed some light on what they look like and where they may be located on this type of coach, I would be very appreciative.

Sorry, but I am stumped, I just do not see the sensors to check them out.

Thanking you in advance for any assistance. Dad is about to lose a few points with adoring daughter.

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Old 07-18-2010, 03:53 AM   #2
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Paul welcome to irv2.
Here is a PDF of step wiring that you may need. The sensors I would guess maybe the magnetic switch you will see on door frame 1/2 mounted on screen and other halve on frame. Some times they can be a plunger type also.
One thing to check is a good ground to frame of coach if its loose or dirty from road salts and like your steps will not work.
The hinge pivots on steps should be well lubed so steps do not bind possible blowing fuse. Use a KWIKEE LUBE found in RV store.
The diagram does not show a brake switch as other MFG's have so you have to make sure the switch is operated before driving off coach or damage can result if steps not retracted.
Enjoy the forums for any other problems you may have and be the knowing DAD.

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Old 07-18-2010, 12:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I took up the rubber matting just inside the doorway and could see the inside sensor there. I then look on the screen door where outside senor should be and it was missing. I held a magnet on the door frame where the inside magnet was and, voila, the steps retracted. Now I just need to find the missing part at an RV store. Thanks again.
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This is the type of switch your looking for, it's a normally open switch. When the door closes the magnet closes the switch and allows 12 volts to go to the motor to retract the steps.
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