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Old 05-24-2018, 03:24 PM   #1
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Steps not retracting

The steps on my 2005 Monaco Monarc will not retract. I checked the 25amp
fuse in the forward roadside fuse panel, which was good. Where do I look next?
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Old 05-24-2018, 03:30 PM   #2
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First of all check and see if the magnetic contacts on the screen door and the inside step are still in place. Then try turning on the ignition and close the door and see if they retract.

I had a problem with a broken wire in the wire bundle from the fuse box. Took a long time to find it. I finally got my test light and followed the power till I lost it. Had to unwrap the bundle and there it was.

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Steps not retracting

You should have two fuses. One for the step motor and another for the step switch. Two other common areas to check are the ground wire ( clean the area to make sure youíre getting good contact ) and lube the bracket at all angles.

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The problem with our steps was a poor ground on the step. There are two green ground wires. One is larger and goes to the frame (it's for the step motor). The other is smaller and goes to the step (it's for the step controller). This wire is attached to the step with a screw. Remove the screw, clean up the metal, then install a stainless steel machine screw with interior/exterior tooth lock washers and a nylon lock nut.

That assumes the problem is with that ground, of course.
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Fuses were ok. I had a Rv tech check it out . Bad motor.
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Thanks for the update. Glad you were able to have it diagnosed.

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Fuses were ok. I had a Rv tech check it out . Bad motor.
Good to hear you got it checked out. Question, Do you lubricate the pivot points at least a couple times per year? (More if your in a humid climate)

Lack of lubrication is the number one leading cause of RV Step Failures......
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Iím currently fighting this intermittent issue. I have been having to use a magnet on the doorway switch to force the relay to click. The magnet makes the steps retract, When they retract, they work for quite a few times in and out. I think I have a relay problem. I know sometime down the road, Iíll have to change it.
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I have to hit my motor with a hammer the first time I shut the door with the engine running otherwise it won't retract. Then it'll work until the next time it sits for a week or more without moving. I've ordered a new motor and will replace it. I use teflon spray on my steps several times a year.
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