Originally Posted by lowpasslew
We took our 2012 Aspire into our Spartan Chassis service center for a service bulletin on the steering. While there we had the oil changed and a few filters replaced. Normally we keep our Aspire in our garage plugged into 50 amps. I had turned on the electric switch on the Aqua Hot to put a load on the generator, which we ran as we traveled 1.5 hours to the service center. I forgot to turn it off when we left the coach for five days. This load may have helped drain my house batteries while the unit was serviced. The service center has no plugins. When we picked up the coach we started the generator but neglected to turn on the charge button on the Magnum controls. A mile down the road my wife-driver heard a clicking noise near the door, and at a red light opened and closed the door. Evidently the house batteries had enough power to extend the steps, but not retract them when she checked the door. Consequently we ended up with bent steps as she drove on. I was following in the car and didn't see the accident. She hit a curb as she was pulling off the road.
When I checked the house voltage it was 10 volts. I should have checked that before we moved the coach!!!
After talking to Entegra, I have decided to install an on-off switch on the house batteries and turn them off whenever I have to leave the coach without external power or the generator not set properly with the Magnum Control center. Entegra said there is some parasitic electrical drain at all times. I don't know what the repair bill will be, but am glad that the damage was only to the steps and my ego. Checking my house batteries before I depart is on my check list now!!!!
A-1 Auto & Diesel in Ft. Walton, FL said that the Step Control Module needed to be replaced, it was intermittent. I suppose the low voltage had something to do with it, also. Anyway, now everything is working fine. A-1 was recommended to me by another RV neighbor and I have had very good service from them for years.