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Old 09-06-2021, 03:31 PM   #1
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National Tradewinds steps stuck down

I cranked my RV today and my steps are frozen open. The switch on the console by the entrance does nothing. The fuses check ok. The light under the steps does not work.

Any ideas?

I was supposed to travel today. :(

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Old 09-06-2021, 05:58 PM   #2
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Step brand ?

Kwikee ? If so, there are three fuses in the system to be found and tested .
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If all else fails , disconnect the arm between the motor and the step mechanism and tie the steps up , deal with them at your next stop.

JUST REMEMBER they won't be there when you open the door .
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Old 09-06-2021, 06:39 PM   #4
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you all are very helpful!


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Old 09-07-2021, 09:47 AM   #5
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Struggling to get the motor arm loose. The cotter pin comes out easily but the pin to the arm/step attachment resists a rubber mallet, there is a lot of tension on it. (Circled green)

The arm will also not move when the main arm bolt to the motor is removed. (Circled red)

The schematics will be helping for checking the problem but right now I need to move the coach

Suggestions?

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Ok , your drive gear box is different than mine , the pin is under tension from the drive lever. If you can't wiggle the steps to get the pin to move , then maybe loosen the 4 mount bolts on the drive mechanism , that hold it to the floor to give you some slack .

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And just when I get this good advice I also get a thunderstorm

LOL

Here's hoping the top of the motor mount bolts are fixed into place and will not spin



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Sounds like you and I have the same kind of luck .

Red arrows , use loosen all on the threads .
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Have you tried wacking on it while opening and closing the door? Mine froze up. Wacked on it and it started working.
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Have you tried wacking on it while opening and closing the door? Mine froze up. Wacked on it and it started working.
Thanks Jake

My step is getting no power at all. I have found and replaced one fuse but the schematics say there are two more.... I'm still searching
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Check the ground wire behind the steps.
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I will
Thanks

I did get the steps up so was able to make my last trip. It's a long step up/down right now...

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And just when I get this good advice I also get a thunderstorm

LOL

Here's hoping the top of the motor mount bolts are fixed into place and will not spin



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Check ground usually my issue.
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