I have a 97 Tropi-cal with a Kwikee electric step.
Hopefully some of you National owners have run into the same problem and have come up with a "fix".
My MH has one switch (just inside the door) to turn off the coach batteries along with the step switch.
Now for my problem:
The magnet to activate the step is on the main door
and that is what creates the problem.
When storing the motorhome the only way I can retract the step and deactivate it is to close the door whild I'm still inside (so the step retracts) then shut off the step from inside the coach, turn the coach batteries off. Then open the door with the step off, jump out of the coach without the step and lock things up. This is a real pain.
The ideal set up would be to have the step activated by the screen door instead of the main door. Then I could exit the coach with the step down, close the screen door to retract the step, then reach back in through the screen door slider, retract the step and turn off the batteries - then close the main door and lock up.
I suppose mounting the magnet (to activate the step) on the screen door would solve the problem, but then it wouldn't line up the the "live" magnet on the door frame. My magnets are the round type (abouth the size of a quarter) so if I remove the one from the main door, it would leave a rather large hole - same with the frame "powered" magnet.
I'm thinking that if I could get my hands on an "L" shaped strong magnet, I could screw it to the screen door so that it would cover the main powered
magnet in the frame, then the step wouldn't activate until the screen door was opened or closed. I think there's enough space between the edge of the screen door and the frame to do this. Not sure if this would work or not though as I don't know if the Kwikee magnets have to be a certain strength to activate the step.
Has anyone encountered this problem and if so, I'd be interested in how you solved it - any other thoughts would be most welcome?