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MetalGator

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On my 5 year old motorhome, I have had the stair motor replaced twice and the control module replaced twice. Now, my stairs are acting up again. Sometimes the stairs work, sometimes they don't. Stairs are lubricated and move freely. Motorhome is kept in a garage when not in use.

Something interesting happened last week. I live in Florida and I run a dehumidifier in the motorhome while in storage. I go to the motorhome 2-3 times a week during the summer to empty the dehumidifier. The stairs have been working fine. Last week, I started the engine on the motorhome and ran it for a bit. Once I shut the engine off, the stairs now aren't working. I am hoping maybe this is a clue to what may be the problem. Any ideas?

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Posted: 09/16/22 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would be looking for a poor connection.
One common is the ground connection under the step. depending on make and model of step, there could be two.


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It is really driving me nuts. The last two trips we have made, the steps didn't work when we were checking in, but when I got to our site, steps worked. Then we get back to the storage garage, and they quick working until I unhooked the Jeep and parked the motorhome in the garage, they started working again. And they worked several times until I started the engine. Now, steps not working again. I am about ready to give up on them and just carry a step with me but that is inconvenient for when driving/traveling. Once parked, no big deal.

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I had a similar problem. Never knew if the steps would come out when I opened the door. Sometimes I'd be outside nearby and suddenly they came out on their own without even opening the door. One time they went in while I was on them!!

The problem was solved when an RV tech changed the door magnet and connecting wires.


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Start with what make of steps you have. If Kwickee they have a good online trouble shooting section. For you to have the motor and the control module replaced twice in 5 years something is not right. Is the light on under the steps?

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The gear box on mine keeps getting stuck. I remove it, open it up and clean out the old grease and add new.


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Checked the ground wires and the door magnet. Everything looked fine. I'll check the grounds again and take my meter with me. I have been to the motorhome 3 times this week and the stairs didn't come out. Went over this morning, stairs came out and went back in when I closed the door. I just don't understand why it intermittent. Makes troubleshooting difficult.

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It may be a chassis battery voltage issue. Try putting a trickle charger on your battery and see whether that cures it. Mine won't work on a marginal charge (under 13v). HTH,


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Posted: 11/05/22 11:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have to tap the frame switch with the back of a screw driver to get the steps to come out occasionally.

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Janss wrote:

I had a similar problem. Never knew if the steps would come out when I opened the door. Sometimes I'd be outside nearby and suddenly they came out on their own without even opening the door. One time they went in while I was on them!!

The problem was solved when an RV tech changed the door magnet and connecting wires.


Same here. This is easy to test to see if that's the issue though. Just get a magnet and place it on the sensor. If the steps extend and retract when the magnet is moved towards and away from the sensor, then there's either too much of a gap between the magnet in the door and the sensor in the door frame when the door is closed and/or the magnet has gotten weak.

My simple fix was to install a shim under the magnet in the door frame. I found a garden hose rubber washer made a perfect shim.

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