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 9/10/2013 11:42 AM
 
 Modified By RVA  on 9/10/2013 4:01:45 PM
For years I've read the importance of regularly lubricating my RV's steps, but never took it very seriously because they always seemed very loose, with a lot of "give". Rookie mistake! Yesterday they retracted 3/4 and jammed; they couldn't be lowered or raised to the fully retracted position. Routine diagnostics showed there was power to the control unit and the computer seemed to be working correctly; the step light worked when opening and closing the door and power was sent to the motor, indicating the door switch and circuit board were OK. I removed the motor and was able to get the shaft to turn slightly be placing it in a vice and and turning the shaft to clear any jam. Connecting the motor directly to 12v showed that it seemed to work normally. Reinstalling the motor and heavily spraying all the step bearings, there are a lot of them, restored normal operation. So, I probably saved the cost of a new motor ($100) and learned that a few minutes lubricating the steps periodically is time well spent. Live and learn! Good luck - Dave
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 9/15/2013 11:09 PM
 
The silence is deafening, hasn't anyone else had step problems? If you haven't, I guarantee you eventually will. While this problem isn't sexy, it'll get your attention when you or your significant other can't get in or out. Good luck - Dave
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 9/16/2013 10:36 AM
 

Thanks for the reminder. Yes, I did do some lubing down there a few years ago, but with DAILY use, it probably can use some more "juice" just to make sure. Yes, it's tough teaching the DW how to climb up those steps when they don't work correctly, not to mention the verbal abuse you get!


Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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 9/16/2013 6:29 PM
 

Dave:

Yes I've had some problems with the Kwikee steps. My problems wound up being in the motor gear box. There's 3 nylon rods that absorb the torque when they start and stop. Over time these become distorted. Good news is the motor assembly is a Ford power window unit(older ones), and there's repair kits for them that include the rods. Of course a little oil now and then won't hurt anything.

Frank


Later Frank
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 9/18/2013 12:31 PM
 

I lube mine a couple of times a year. I use KwikLube sold by a lot of RV stores. It sprays on as a liquid that penetrates the joints and dries to a wax.

Some people say that they have had good luck with motorcycle chain lube which is similar they say.


Clay(WA5NMR), Lee(Wife), Katie & Kelli (cats) Now snowbirds after 11 years of full timing. 2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N.
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