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Old 03-08-2009
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Default Step retraction issue (BMC Electric Model Step)

Having trouble with the step. Will not retract. Do I have a switch flipped off. Thought it would automatically close when I closed the door or started the unit with the door closed or when I put it in gear, neither happened. Has to be a switch that holds it open so its not going in and out all the time when its parked I would guess. Is that correct.
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there is a switch,i'm not sure where on a BMC,on a wanderlodge theres 2,one on the dash and one down by the step.
Dan the former postman will know!
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What about air?
Mine has a step extend switch which leaves the step out irrespective of door operation. The mechanics of the step goes over center and locks out. As I recall I have to have 65psi or it will not retract or extend.
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Think it is electric as I drove the coach which had 130 psi. Going to try and see if I can find any info on the BMC owners manual page on the site to see if I might be missing something. Its go to be a simple thing (Ya right like the windshield wiper extravaganza I am having)
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The steps on a BMC are electric.

Just aft of the entrance door, on the inside wall, along side the passenger seat are a set of switches for interior lights, porch lights, steps, main battery switch, etc.

Memory is a little thin right now but it is like the top left switch. The switches are labeled. You will know you have the right one when the light for the steps inside the motorhome come on. The Main Battery switch must also be on for the switches to work.

That should work.
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94 BB BMC 37':
There is a switch in the lower cabinet nearest the door to have the step stay out when parked, or to go in/out each time door opened/closed. Either way it still MUST close the step when the engine is started (ignition on).

There is also a pressure switch in the door jam on the hinge side about 1/2 way up (you can feel it under the upholstery on the door jam side) - may be defective.

Lower front fuse center # 4 and 5 are for steps - mine are not resetabble and non-standard fuses). Also reset any of the reset breakers while you are in there (just push down on each of them on the pop out button).

My step motor recently failed. Get the whole replacement kit described below if the door pressure switch in the jam is not the problem (50/50).

What you "should" have now:
Under the coach near the step: The orange step control box has the number 9513 on it. (check all the wire runs and especially grounds while you are under there looking). The bottom of the motor base has the number - mine was 151320-1 - on it. The motor is 3 parts; a base, a piece with the wires going into it, and the bottom part with the step control arm on it.

Ebay, kwikee, and rv supply houses have a entire replacement kit with a magnetic door switch versus current pressure switch, complete motor assembly (all parts), and control box, around $270 retail.

Kits at:
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...step-parts.htm

http://www.kwikee.com/Adocuments.html

Double check which one is right for single step - measure step width and note control module number.

http://cgi.ebay.com/KWIKEE-STEP-MOTO...3A1%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/KWIKEE-STEP--MOT...QQcmdZViewItem








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Having trouble with the step. Will not retract. Do I have a switch flipped off. Thought it would automatically close when I closed the door or started the unit with the door closed or when I put it in gear, neither happened. Has to be a switch that holds it open so its not going in and out all the time when its parked I would guess. Is that correct.
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Electric kwikee on the BMCs - no air controls.

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What about air?
Mine has a step extend switch which leaves the step out irrespective of door operation. The mechanics of the step goes over center and locks out. As I recall I have to have 65psi or it will not retract or extend.
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i didnt know they were electric,thanks everyone
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Thanks, Dan.

I did not know there was a difference between 94s and 97s on those switches.
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Yikes,

This looks more complicated than the air step
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