RV Doctor – RV Electric Steps Stick In Out Position Since I Replaced Motor

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April 20, 2010

Dear RV Doc,
I installed a replacement motor for my electric steps (Kwikee). At first the steps would not work. I replaced the switch with the one that came in the kit and it seemed to work fine. Now the steps stay in the “out” position. When I open the door with the power on, the step cycles in, then back out. Please help! – Rob Dreissig, (Elk River, MN)


Rob, Kwikee has made a change to their step controls to provide a safer and more robust operation. You should have received a new control unit, motor and switch in the replacement kit. The new switch is meant to work with the updated controls. In fact, Kwikee has changed the name of the switch from “power switch” to “override switch” due to its change in functionality.

With the old power switch, you turned it to the “on” position in order to make the steps follow the door and you turned it off in order to have the steps stay in the current position. The override switch works differently. With the override switch “on”, the step will extend the first time the door is opened and stay that way until the switch is turned “off” or the ignition is turned on. With the override switch in the “off” position, the steps will be controlled by the logic unit and will follow the door with ignition override.

You must replace all three components for it to work properly. If you did not receive a new control unit in the kit please contact Kwikee for the location of their closest dealer or service center.

(Please feel free to comment, however, please also note that due to the volume of communications I receive from multiple channels I cannot guarantee a personal response in every instance. However, questions of an overall general interest may be considered and published in an upcoming RV Doctor column.)

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  39. Bob

    While on the subject of electric steps, please note a failure we just had.
    The Kwikee steps on our 2003 Coachmen Sport Coach failed, the bolts holding the motor assembly to the mounting plate broke off. allowing the motor to drop.
    We are not sure of the cause but it is expected the bolts may have slacked off.
    With this failure we had no exit from the coach.

    step unit part number 903206005 built in Sept 2004
    Please add an inspection of your step mounting components when doing
    step maintance.
    Remember to look before stepping out of the RV.

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  43. Mcep

    Thank you and all your contributors for the great information! My steps function properly, but I’ll certainly tuck this information away for future reference, because, like everything else in a motorhome, the steps are sure to break at some point, and I will remember the tip when I need to fix them!
    Thanks again!


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