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Old 08-14-2015, 11:28 PM   #1
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Steps and Outside lighting

On my 2013 Berkshire when I turn on the outside step lighting the step retracts when the entry door is closed. If the door is opened the step deploys all the while being lit. Is this the way every Berkshire is set up and if so what am I missing? I would like to be able to control step deployment and lighting seperately. Anyone else?
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:58 AM   #2
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By the entry door do you have a series of switches? One of those says step on it actuating it turns the step control on or off so when parked the step will stay extended all the time until you start the coach.
As for lighting I am not sure what lighting you are trying to control but there are other switches at the same location.


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Old 08-15-2015, 09:34 AM   #3
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I checked mine after your post, and yes this is the way my mine works.
I thought of the switch as a step switch rather than a light switch and didn't even know it was lighting up as we turn that switch off each time we stopped at a campground.
I was even going to put some LED lights there, but now I can probably just rewire somehow.
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As a side note, there is a safety feature associated with the step switch, too. To prevent damage, the steps will retract when the ignition is turned on, regardless of the switch setting.
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As a side note, there is a safety feature associated with the step switch, too. To prevent damage, the steps will retract when the ignition is turned on, regardless of the switch setting.
I believe the steps will pull in with the ignition on and door closed. However, with the motor running, if you open the door, the steps will go out (at least on mine)
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That is the way mine work also. In fact that's all I do is leave the switch alone and it opens and closes as we travel (when stopped).
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Thanks, Phil57 - That is correct. The safety interlock is just to keep from damaging the steps by driving off with them extended. Appreciate the clarification.

Also, on several FR models, there seems to be like a 30 second delay sometimes before the steps extend or retract. Look before you step or it could be a big surprise! I've almost done it a couple of times!
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Speaking of steps, mine started acting up on the way home today. Closed the door and there was a delay before they retracted. Never had this before. Figures that they would start today after I left the rally. Hopefully they will last until next years rally!! (LOL!!)
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That is the way mine work also. In fact that's all I do is leave the switch alone and it opens and closes as we travel (when stopped).
Phil, I assume you leave the switch to 'off'?
Then does your light come on when the steps are out?

We have been turning our switch 'off' when in campgrounds so the steps will stay out, but the light does not come on and the steps are dark.
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:21 PM   #10
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Yes Dan we leave the step switch off. Heck I didn't know there was a light until they replaced my step last year. Don't mean to hijack the thread our tick off Ernest but I see the new steps don't have the bolt that has given lots of folks including me and Marty a scare. The new design has a alloy arm. It looks much more substantial.
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