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Old 09-07-2017, 04:52 PM   #1
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Kwikee Steps not coming out

We are evacuating from the hurricane and stopped for gas. The steps would not come out. Any quick fixes?
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:57 PM   #2
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Clean the door contacts and look for blown fuse/circuit breaker.
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:26 PM   #3
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Is the switch for the steps in the right position.
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:34 PM   #4
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Tap the step motor with a block of wood . Is the only possible quick fix .
Lube the mechanism .
When you're safe, and have time.
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Old 09-07-2017, 06:31 PM   #5
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If the light comes on the fuses and door switch are probably okay. I suspect the door motor is locked up. If tapping on it doesn't work you can take the motor out and free it up and put it back and it may work for many cycles.

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To remove the motor you first need to unplug the connector from the motor. That will prevent any un-expected movement. Remove the cotter pin and then tap out the clevis pin. You need to keep pressure up against the bottom step or the steps will drop when the pin comes out. There are three 10mm bolts that hold the motor in the step gear housing. If the motor is locked up you will have to wiggle it while pulling down to free it up.

You can then plug the connector back into the motor while it is removed to see if it works when the door is opened. Don't plug it all the way in because you want to pull the plug out if the motor works. If it works you can re-install it and you should be okay.

It doesn't matter what position the steps are in when you put everything back together they will cycle back to the right position.

Mine locked up several times before I found out that the door vibrating while moving let the door switch move enough to let the steps jump in and out just enough to lock up the motor. It ruined two motors. I shimmed the switch out with one thin washer behind the spacer plate on the door switch and I have not had any more step problems.
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My step motor has failed twice. One time the motor was jammed up. Unjammed the motor and all is well. Other time the House batteries were low on charge. Went to get coach from storage and steps would not come out. Drove home and while driving the batteries were charged enough to make the steps work. Looked at info panel and batteries showed 12.5 volts. Charged batteries and all is well. Check your house batteries water level and terminals for corrosion. Use only distilled water to top them off.
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Step motor gets stuck sometimes. Fixed mine by banging on it with a rubber mallet. Took two tries to work again. No issues since.
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After all of the above has failed a quick fix is a small two step stool at Walmart. I was on a two week trip this summer and it got me through the last week!
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After all of the above has failed a quick fix is a small two step stool at Walmart. I was on a two week trip this summer and it got me through the last week!
Good point and it can also be used the reach the top of the residential fridge.
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Thank you to all who replied. They started working on their own after we went over a bumpy part of a road.
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We had the same issue due to the door switch sticking. Replaced the switch and has worked fine for the past 24 months. These step components appear to be under engineered for the racking and shaking they take during travel. I now keep a spare step motor and door switch just in case I have an issue while travelling. Low cost insurance.
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Here's the inside secret that is only published in your owners manual to keeping your steps working for years without having to replace motors etc.

Spray this stuff or similar acceptable lubricant on the mechanism and All Pivot points on your steps at least three or four times per year, more frequent if you live in a humid climate. You will be amazed at how well they work!


https://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-T-9...shield+spray+9
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Here's the inside secret that is only published in your owners manual to keeping your steps working for years without having to replace motors etc.

Spray this stuff or similar acceptable lubricant on the mechanism and All Pivot points on your steps at least three or four times per year, more frequent if you live in a humid climate. You will be amazed at how well they work!


https://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-T-9...shield+spray+9
This is what they use on all moveable parts at Red Bay Service Center.
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:34 PM   #14
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Chrck the fuse on drivers side. That caused ours to fail one time
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