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wa8yxm

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Posted: 05/28/22 02:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One thing I found on my gasser.
If I turned the key to on.. pause pause pause pause START. the steps (And awning) retracted
If I slamned it straight from LOCK to Start they did not.

THe reason.. When the starter engaged voltage dropped.. Motor current climbed and the controller thought "limit reached".

Another thing that can keep the steps extended is the door switch. It finally got to the point where I put in an override that told it "Door closed" even if it was wide open. Simple toggle switch and wires is all you need. ID the Door switch wires and splice it in.. Now depending on the controller you put in in series with the existing switch or in parallel (mine was parallel)


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dougrainer wrote:

StarkNaked wrote:

Check to make sure the magnet that controls the door switch is still in place.

If the magnet is missing, the system will think the door is still open.


I believe he stated that the steps extended and retracted when the wall switch was on, which means the Magnet is working. IF they do NOT, then yes, his door magnet switch is the problem. Doug


Good call Doug, I missed the part about the door working correctly with the door switch.

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I have that problem with my steps not working after sitting for a long period of time. crawled under with a small hammer and gave the unit a whap a couple times with the hammer. in they went and after some good lubricant, worked ok after that

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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 [emoticon]

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!


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wa8yxm

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Ok look for a 5 amp fuse.. If you have a Intelletec Battery Control Center I'd start there.. I like to use a test light to test blade fuses.

Ground the clip and touch the tip to both windows.
For this test the ignition will need to be in the ON position (Engine need not be running but ignition in ON)

Bright Bright - Fuse good
Dark Dark - No test (With the ignition ON this should not happen)
Bright/Dark or Dark/Bright Fuse blown.

if you do not have an Intelletec Battery Control Center check every fuse block/box/holder you got.

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Posting year/model RV can help. Also suggest finding a forum unique to your RV. Physically tracing wires in a RV can be difficult. A wire tracer can help.


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CA Traveler, yeah, I just now found where to add a signature, so I've added rig details to that

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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! [emoticon]

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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 ...

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Signature is displayed on the first post of a page of posts, see your first post. Pics must be totally public. Check the forum for help and there is a nice app for pics.

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