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Old 11-28-2016, 01:44 PM   #1
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Electric steps are acting stupid.....

...on our 2010 Damon Astoria. It's got the step system that uses the electric motor that is used on some car power windows.

Basically, the problem is that sometimes they work fine and then they don't.

On our recent trip, they retracted part way, then a couple weeks later they performed fine.

I double checked all the connections and everything seemed okay.

A go back to the coach a few days later and the steps had retracted while I was gone.

Today I used a 12 volt battery and test wires to extend the steps part way. Then I changed the control module and bypassed the magnetic door switch, those did not solve the problem.

When I wasn't looking, the steps extended all the way and now won't retract.

Obviously, this is an electrical gremlin where do I look for a faculty connection?
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Old 11-28-2016, 01:59 PM   #2
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These steps react basically by sensing current to control the in and out limits. If the steps are not operating freely, as in lack of lubrication, they will act funny as you put it.
The Very Best spray lube you will find for your steps and every other moving hinge, latch etc on your coach is Boshield T9. Buy a can of this and spray every joint on your steps at least twice per year (more in a humid climate) and your problems will go away.
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Old 11-28-2016, 02:08 PM   #3
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I had the same problem, was a pinched hot wire under the motor
where it was mounted to the frame of the steps.
Sometimes worked/sometimes not !
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Old 11-28-2016, 02:12 PM   #4
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I had a similar problem on our '94 Airstream 34 ft. Legacy MH steps. Are yours made by Kwikee? I spent around $100.00 to get my control box "repaired" and still had the same problem . They are controlled by pressure when they reach the end of travel or hit something, so if not lubed properly they can act strange. I eventually ended up just putting a switch inside the door well and open/closed them like that. Easy to do, all you need is a double pole/ double throw momentary switch that will take 10 amps or so. No more problems, just have to remember that they are up before driving. Otherwise, you may be in the market for a whole new set-up !!
To wire the switch hook the positive and negative wires from the step motor to the center terminals, then a good power and ground to the 2 wires on one end and then jump them crossing at the same time to the other 2 terminals on the other end of the switch. Hope that's clear enough and helps.
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Lube every pivot points. Most problems with the steps can be solved by lubrication.
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Had the same problem. I read on this forum that if you snap apart the electrical pigtail and twist the male ends a little using needle nose plyers, put back together and it's worked for 4 years without any problems.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:37 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by chboone View Post
Lube every pivot points. Most problems with the steps can be solved by lubrication.
Agree, it's worth a try.
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Old 11-30-2016, 08:25 PM   #8
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Hey, thanks guys. My plan is to lub, twist the male tips and if that fails, I'll implement "Unplanned's" solution. That alternate circuit can then serve as a backup system for operating the steps.

Again, thanks for all the suggestions.
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