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Old 05-18-2021, 07:24 PM   #1
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Power on automatic step

We have a Kwikee automatic step on our Class C. When extended with the auto switch off it draws 0.8 amps and when retracted it draws 0.06 amps. This model includes the engine interlock feature and a switch in the door. Does anyone know if this power draw is normal for this model? Using over 19 AHrs per day seems like a heavy phantom load.

I'm thinking of adding a switch to cut off all power to the step after it is extended. Or does the Kwikee step require power to remain extended?
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I think that it's the light underneath that is drawing the extra current whenever the step is down.
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I think that it's the light underneath that is drawing the extra current whenever the step is down.
Could be, I'll check that in the morning.
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Could be, I'll check that in the morning.
Not sure on your coach but on ours the light under the step only comes on if the porch light is on.

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I think that it's the light underneath that is drawing the extra current whenever the step is down.
That would be my guess, too. Not useful during the day, but at night it really is a nice feature.
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I think that it's the light underneath that is drawing the extra current whenever the step is down.

On our step the light comes on everytime the door is opened , then automatically turns off after a couple minutes . It also lights and stays on when the outside light is turned on.

I replaced the bulb in the step light with a LED bulb along with all the interior and exterior lights.

I didn't specifically check the step light draw , but did see a big reduction in overall 12v amp lighting draw.
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Excellent idea, LED bulb. Thanks.
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My step light is clearly connected to the porch light switch. So something else is the source of that phantom power draw. I suspect the jerky step motion is being caused by a faulty gear box and or motor gear. Guess I'll pull it out and check it over when I get a chance.

Wonder if a faulty controller board would be source of the power draw? Any thoughts on that?
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My step light is clearly connected to the porch light switch. So something else is the source of that phantom power draw. I suspect the jerky step motion is being caused by a faulty gear box and or motor gear. Guess I'll pull it out and check it over when I get a chance.

Wonder if a faulty controller board would be source of the power draw? Any thoughts on that?
Easy enough to go under the step and unplug the controller while the step is out. If that is the source of the phantom it should go away when you unplug it.

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