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Old 10-01-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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'94 London Aire step switch

We just picked up a '94 London Aire that is in great shape. Other units I have owned had a switch to disable the steps from either going in or out. I am going buggy looking for a similar device now. Can

Can anyone tell me if my new unit has such a switch?

Thanks to all who can confirm my mental state!

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Old 10-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Mine works with the normal "step switch". The switch is just a two position switch, but depending on whether the door is open when you flip the switch, determines if the step will stay in or out. I can't really tell you exactly how to make it work, because I can never really know when it will work the way I want it to. But, I have been able to make the step not extend when I open the door by flipping the switch. In fact I have had it re-tract and stay in that position at night so that the step was in.... dangerous... So I have told my wife to always look for the step at night before exiting the coach. I shudder to think of the result of a step out without the step being extended.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:30 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your new rig. On our '93 LADP, it's the third button from left to right, right by the door (living room fluorescent lights, patio light/lit handle, and step, in that order). Hope it's the same on yours and I hope we can help each other with issues related to our rare coaches!

Oh and by the way, whenever the engine is running, no matter the position on the switch, the steps will be "on" automatically, so if you forget to activate the switch before moving, it wont be a problem. When we are parked we always leave ours off (steps out) and then when we move, it automatically comes on again, activating the steps with the door switch.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:47 AM   #4
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Looks like I have a problem then. I have the 3rd switch to the right, but it seems to not do anything. On my door there are 2 white magnetic contact switches but they sure seem to be add-ons. I think my rig may have been doctored! Ah well, off to the drawing board for adding some form of switch. Thanks for the quick answers, and happy rolling along.

So, is there a sub-Nemar group for the 8 of us that own LA's? I had never even heard of it until seeing an ad.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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If I'm not mistaken, the magnetic switch you're mentioning is for the security system. It should be right by a little white box, which is the sensor/transmitter for the alarm system. There should be another one on the driver's door. I still don't know if that same magnetic switch is used to control the steps, but I don't know, there might be another switch. You will find a few more things like that, that will make you think the motorhome has been messed with, but on mine, I've found that a lot of them came from the factory like that
And I haven't heard about the sub group you mentioned. I'll look into it
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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The magnetic switch on screen door and door frame is for you steps.
Its there to put out the steps when you open screen door.
The two wires on switch can possibly pulled out from behind the door frame and you will find two wire nuts tied to two wires going down to the step control.
One of those switch's as twe412 describes must be step switch to lock out step when your parked.
There maybe a lead off your brake pedel switch that may not operate if the brake pedel arm does not fully retrack to rest position.
Any time you turn on ignition switch the steps will move in if they are locked out or not.
Here is a video for Kwikee steps. This and more can be found in Quick Tip's 1 & 2.
Welcome to the forum and irv2 zenducky. Congrats with your new coach and many safe happy miles.
We do not have a LADP group but if others get these old coach's who can tell.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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Oh, I just went outside to double check. In our rig, the steps aren't controlled by the magnetic switch on the screen door (I tested by turning on the switch for the steps and then opening and closing the screen door, steps didn't move). When I closed the door, the steps immediately retracted. The switch might be a little button on the side of the door. I'll take some pictures to make it easier, and I'll test again. But your steps do work, right? Maybe there's a bad connection somewhere or something. Good luck!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:10 PM   #8
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Than you have the magnetic switch in door and in the door frame, after all its a LADP.
It would still work the same I would think.
Be interesting to see what the one on screen is for, maybe double safety???
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Its a little strange, 007. There's a magnetic sensor on the door frame, and the transmitter on the screen door, but there's nothing on the main door. I've been looking all around the door and frame, and there's only 2 things that could be the step switch: there's something like a push button attached to the door, not the frame, and it gets "pushed" when the door closes, but then again, I don't see any wires going in or out the door; and there's something that I can't describe, it's just like a bump on the side of the door, a few inches below the dead bolt and latch, and there's another bump just like that one, but on the frame. They don't seem to be push buttons, but they don't look magnetic either. I'll test again tomorrow.
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Couldn't wait till tomorrow. Got it. The bumps below the latch are the magnetic switch for the steps. Tested with a small magnet. And the ones about 2 ft above the dead bolt are for the security system
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Like I said LPDP'S are special, interesting about switch for security lights when the door and screen is closed.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:38 PM   #12
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Thanks All, I learned in a short period to take nothing for granted. What looks like a jury rig on a LADP might just be that way on purpose. Either my door switch is boffed, or I will just need to ass a little toggle at the magnetic switch location. Either way, I need to stop that stairway from driving us crazy going in and out!

But so far, I love the coach!

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