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 10/5/2015 1:28 AM
 
 Modified By Frank  on 10/5/2015 12:28:55 AM

My step a series 26 model on the MH has started not cutting off either in the extended or retracted position. It runs in and out ok but when it stops in any position it chatters. I suspect it's the control box but its an older one P# 909513 and no longer available. What's involved in converting to a new control? I may have found a place that might be able to bebuild mine for $199 plus postage both ways, it might be just as economical to replace it with an available newer type. If anyone has any information about changing over I sure could use it.


Later Frank
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 10/24/2015 6:29 PM
 
 Modified By RVA  on 10/24/2015 7:02:07 PM

Frank - I replaced my Kwikee step motor almost 10 years ago for $181.50 from PPL Motorhomes and the price for your model 26 is currently on sale for that amount. This is a pretty good deal, because you can't just replace the motor ($88.95). The new high torque motor requires a different control unit because it uses different logic. Your model seems similar to mine, which also required a new magnetic door switch (normally open instead of closed). The above price includes everything (motor, control unit, door switch). The link to this kit is below.

The installation was fairly straightforward and not difficult. I had the most difficulty trying to replace the door switch, because the wiring was embedded in the door frame. I finally got tired of that challenge and just cut the wires and spliced the new switch to the old wiring. Good luck. - Dave

www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/steps-and...

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 10/24/2015 6:59 PM
 

Thanks Dave

The motor in mine is still good. Looks like its the control box and I haven't been able to find out if the new controls will work with the older motor? I did find out the door switch would have to change and mine is like yours. I did find a business that can rebuild my control for $199 and wouldn't have to change anything. Mine is a single step, I've been thinking of changing it for a 2 step series 32 type. I've had to carry an extra step because it seems the right side always winds up the high side and some times it's a long step.


Later Frank
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 10/24/2015 7:22 PM
 
Frank - My understanding is that the new control units won't work with the old motors and vice versa. Seems like getting everything new, including the motor, for $181.50 beats spending $199 to repair an old control unit. Nonetheless, it might be worth your time to call the PPL Parts Dept. (1-800-755-4775) and talk to someone more familiar with your model than I am. I think mine is a model 32 and, depending on the terrain, that first step can still be an effort for tired legs. Good luck. - Dave
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 11/19/2015 12:59 AM
 
 Modified By Frank  on 11/19/2015 1:07:21 AM

Just some information on the problem I was having with my step. It turns out that the three nylon slugs in gear box was the problem. This seems to be about 90% of the problems with the older Kwikee steps. They're available at the Auto Parts store for a lot less than all the repair others will suggest. Try Dorman 74410. From an experienced RV Tech the new controls will work most of the time with the older motors. The door switch still need changing to a N.O. type or by simply reversing the motor leads. A new door switch can be expensive for what they are?? If you have some electrical and mechanical skills you can probably figure this out. Otherwise take it to someone who knows what they're doing, usually more economical in the end. I discovered the motor problem after I purchased a new two step replacement series 32 for not much more than new controls and motor. My MH has needed this style step from the beginning but as long as it worked the money was used elsewhere.


Later Frank
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