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RE: RV steps don't retract when engine is started

You read my mind Doug - rather, I read yours! I pulled that panel. Both wires were connected to the breaker, but there was not 12 volts on either side of the breaker (with the ignition on), so that means the problem is upstream of the breaker. I figured the most logical thing would be an upstream fuse/breaker, even though it seemed kind of silly to have 2 breaks on one line. Started looking at the fuses under the hood, but they were all heavy duty. I figured the fuse I was looking for would likely be 5 or 10 amps, not the 30+ amp fuses/breakers I saw under the hood. Then I remembered that there is a fuse panel in the coach - in a VERY inconvenient location - at the floor, to the left of the steering wheel! I had to lie down on my side, chest facing the brake pedal, butt up on the transmission hump between the driver and passenger seats - oh my back! There are 27 mini fuses on that panel. And Doug, you're totally right - I looked up the fuse panel layout in the Ford F53 chassis owners manual, hoping I could determine which fuse to check. But the figure in the manual didn't look ANYTHING like the panel in the vehicle! I checked them all - the bad one was the 26th that I checked, of course - 10 amp. Anyway, I replaced that fuse and all is well. Thanks to all for the help and advice - it's very much appreciated.
Blaise 05/31/22 06:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to get rid of mold/mildew smell in basement compartment

I just so happen to be able to get my hands on an ozone generator, so I'll give that a shot. If that doesn't work, I'll try the Simple Green. thanks guys!
Blaise 05/31/22 05:18pm Class A Motorhomes
How to get rid of mold/mildew smell in basement compartment

This spring we discovered that one of the basement compartment doors had a small leak. But it sat this way over the winter. I emptied out the compartment and had the leaky door fixed. But now the compartment - and all the stuff that was in it - smells musty or like mold or mildew (I don't really know the difference between these types of odors). The compartment is still empty. What's a good way to get rid of these odors? I've googled, and there are a bunch of ways folks suggest - some seem a bit alarming! - spay/wipe down the walls with a vinegar solution - ditto with a chlorine solution (can't that damage stuff? strip paint?) - charcoal - OdorXit AQM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spf0VD0FTXs - ozone generator ... and many others. Kind of dizzying ... I'd like to know what some more experienced RVers have to say about it. Thanks for any advice you can offer.
Blaise 05/30/22 07:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV steps don't retract when engine is started

I think I identified the breaker for the ignition override line of the steps: I don't see how to make the IMG tag work ... so here's a link instead: http://www.thebaxfamily.com/Pics/RV-Step-Ign-Breaker.jpg I've never this type of breaker trip, but I assume that when one trips, the white plastic piece pops out. Well, tracing the cable did not work out well. The loom for the cable leading to the vehicle side of the 4-wire connector leads right away into a larger loom containing many other wires. I followed that larger loom; it snaked under the floor to the opposite (drivers) side of the RV. It then lead into one of the basement compartments. Unfortunately, that area of the basement is boxed out with metal. So, looking at it from the inside of that compartment, the loom is behind a metal plate. This is directly under the galley area, so I'm going to dig around behind panels in the galley lower cabinets. Maybe I can find that loom and continue my search for the source of this mysteriously missing 12 volts. But now it's time to cook a Memorial Day steak! Enjoy the rest of the Holiday! Thanks again all.
Blaise 05/30/22 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV steps don't retract when engine is started

For some reason my signature is not being appended to my posts, and I can't upload signature, personal, or rig pictures (though I am following the size guidelines). Entering rig info here ... 2016 Winnebago Vista LX 30T Toad: 2015 Chevy Sonic hatchback
Blaise 05/29/22 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV steps don't retract when engine is started

Geez, Winnebago made this task a bit harder. The step motor side of the 4-wire connector has 4 wires that lead to the step control module: red, white, yellow and brown ... very sensible. The wire for the ignition override is the yellow one. But the vehicle side has 3 yellow wires and one white! So if I follow the loom and find the source of the bundle, it'll be a bit harder to determine which of the 3 yellow wires connects to the yellow ignition override wire on the control module. I'll have to use a continuity tester ... likely with a very long lead! :B
Blaise 05/29/22 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV steps don't retract when engine is started

CA Traveler, yeah, I just now found where to add a signature, so I've added rig details to that
Blaise 05/29/22 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV steps don't retract when engine is started

OK, so I confirmed that the yellow wire on the vehicle side of the 4-wire connector is not getting 12 volts with the door closed and the ignition on. I checked all the fuses and breakers I could find, but all were intact. Not sure where to go from here. I figured once I get daylight back tomorrow (Sunday), I'll crawl under the rig, and follow the split loom cover for that cable back to its source. Maybe there's a bad connection somewhere, or perhaps an inline fuse blown - ok, an inline fuse is not likely ... I'm just grasping at straws :) Hmm, I wonder if the service guys did something to cause this - maybe they disconnected something and forgot to reconnect it? I'm pretty sure this problem was not present when I dropped the rig off. Well, following the wire might have me discover that, if that's what happened. Thanks for all the suggestions and help!
Blaise 05/28/22 07:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV steps don't retract when engine is started

Thanks for the responses guys. Doug is right, the steps operate normally except for not retracting when in what I called "manual" mode, the door is closed and the engine is started. (or what the service manual calls "override" - when the override switch is set to ON). But thanks for the thought StarkNaked (great handle!) Like Doug said, the service manual details a yellow wire coming from the 4 conductor connector that must get 12v when the ignition key is turned on. I'll check the voltage on that line, and if it doesn't get the 12v with the ignition on, I'll check the fuse/breaker - on second thought, I'll check the fuse first! ;-) I'll do this as soon as the rain lets up :-) If the fuse is good and the yellow wire is getting 12v with the ignition on, then I'll have to do like ae5573t suggests, check the control module. That'll probably cost a pretty penny to replace! Again, thanks for the feedback guys!
Blaise 05/28/22 07:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV steps don't retract when engine is started

Yup, good idea! I just started paging through the manual ...
Blaise 05/27/22 03:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RV steps don't retract when engine is started

I just got my rig out of the shop for some maintenance, and on my way home (almost all the way home), I noticed that the steps were not retracted. I drove 25 miles on the highway without seeing that - that's on me. The steps have 2 modes - (1) auto open and close whenever the screen door opens and closes; and (2) stay open ignoring the door opening or closing. But when in this mode, starting the engine causes the steps to retract. At least they USED TO work that way. Starting the engine no longer causes them to retract when in mode 2. So mode 1 works as it always has, but mode 2 only partially works. The steps stay open no matter what. I've had the rig 6 years, and this is the first time I've seen this behavior. I'm pretty sure they worked properly when I dropped the RV off at the shop (2 months ago!), I almost always have the steps set to mode 2, and I think I remember the steps sliding out when I arrived at the shop to drop it off. But to be honest I can't swear to that. When I picked it up, the door was closed and the steps were out, so it was definitely in mode 2. They just didn't close when I started the engine and drove away. Anyone ever see this type of behavior, or can hazard a guess as to what might be causing this problem? Thanks!
Blaise 05/27/22 01:58pm Class A Motorhomes
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