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Old 07-28-2021, 04:18 PM   #1
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Atwood Levelegs...GAMA or buy key pad?

I've gotten to the point where I have the Levelegs working. But the keypad is a little flakey. I have to push the Retard and On buttons just right to get it to respond. When I do the controller relays click and all is good. So I'm guessing that the issue is the keypad and not the controller.


The legs seem fine except for the violent ratcheting when they're retracted.



I need to keep these things going for as long as possible due to the $7,000+ estimates I'm getting for new Bigfoots.


So I either buy a keypad for $200 or just go GAMA for the same amount. It seems to me that with the GAMA I can avoid some of the ratcheting and stop the legs manually right at the top. This may avoid busting a gear or pin.


Those of you who are still using the GAMA set up: Do you have more control of minimizing the ratcheting action compared to a stock set up?


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Before you replace the keypad. You may want to cut or peel off the plastic cover and look at the switches under it. They can be replaced and probably look like these.

20 Pcs 6 mm 2 Pin Momentary Tactile Tact Push Button Switch Through Hole Breadboard Friendly for the Panel PCB by QTEATAK https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07WF76VHT/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_5H3CH65S139BG0X9A8T7
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Im guessing they're soldered to the board?
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Im guessing they're soldered to the board?
Yes. But they can be replaced usually. It's already broke either you fix it or break it more. That's my motto.
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This what it looks like under the cover. The metal lines dont have any spring action. My guess is the round black button looking thing is conductive and makes the connection between the skinny metal lines. Either way it's not a solder job for me. There's 2 super fine wires that seem to be molded into the board on the back side. Doesn't appear to be the same switch. But thanks.
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So, back to the question for those using a GAMA controller and ratcheting.
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You're right. The pad makes contact between the lines on the circuit board. You could try to scuff them with a pencil eraser.
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You also could solder wires to the circuit board traces and put those little button switches under the pads.
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clean pads

I cleaned the pads on mine with a clean rag and corrosion block. It is not perfect but it is functional now.
I also did the same thing with a chevy pickup window switch but I got much better results on that.
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