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Old 09-06-2015, 03:55 PM   #1
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Step problems

We have a 2012 Vista 26P. A couple months ago came home from a trip. Got lazy and left the fridge full of food and plugged the motorhome into an extension cord. A couple weeks later I went out to the motorhome and noticed the steps were not working. Went inside to find the fridge off and the food spoiled. Turn out the extension cord had fried. Not sure why the fridge didn't switch over to gas, but it didn't. I replaced the extension cord and everything worked fine.
Last month went on a short trip. When we got home, emptied out the fridge and did not plug it in to the extension cord. A few days later went out and the steps were not working again.So I figured I would plug it in and the steps would work. No such luck. Waited several days thinking it may take awhile to charge the batteries. Steps still did not work. So I Fired up the motorhome and after about 10 minutes the steps started working again. Question is, is it a bad battery causing the problem? If so does the steps work off the house battery or the chassis battery?

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Old 09-06-2015, 05:15 PM   #2
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Normally most steps work off the Chassis batteries...so you can drive/move the coach without connecting the house batteries.
To be sure, use your disconnect switch (one at a time) to confirm.

Are you using a 12Ga (were you using a 12Ga) cord??

First thing to do is pulg in shore power, and meassure the voltage on house AND chassis batteries.

13.2-13.8v is a flaot charge voltage. 14.2V or so is a charge voltage.

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