This has been a very trying trip! First the horn, then the wipers, now the steps. That is in addition to a colossal mistake made with the toad....details if desired.
I have checked all the fuses associated with the steps except the one that is supposed to be in the armrest on passenger side. Are there really fuses in there. and if so, how do you get to them? I can't see a way to get the cover off without destroying it.
While searching for that, I noticed there was not a light for the step switch, so pulled the panel cover off and found a burned wire to the bay light switch. (see photos).