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Old 09-01-2016, 07:02 PM   #11
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I had a concern on my FR3 with the stairs hitting objects like the curb outside my home. While my stairs are designed to stop when resistance is met, I wanted to have control myself.

Most stairs will extend when the engine is off and the screen door is opened and the coaches are delivered this way because of the 'walking out and not realizing' comment made earlier. But I still wanted this feature.

On mine, the magnet switch activated by the magnet on the door is closed with the door closed. So, a switch that bypasses/shorts the magnet switch will make the coach think the door is closed and retract the stairs. The factory lockout extended switch needs to be in the off position. For a slight margin of safety and not explaining my whole stair setup, I have two switches (serial) that need to be in the correct position to force the stairs in such that if anyone hits one of the switches while standing on the stairs, they will not have the stairs disappear.

When concerned that the stairs might hit something, I flip one of the switches and stand by on the other while opening the door to retract the stairs if necessary.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:03 PM   #12
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I wire a toggle switch between door magnets wire .
As at the border when they want come on board can't put steps out or the
Ferry we take to close to other vehicles
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:26 PM   #13
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Wouldn't a separate magnet to the door frame magnet accomplish the same thing as a switch?
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:16 PM   #14
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Wouldn't a separate magnet to the door frame magnet accomplish the same thing as a switch?
No you switch the power off so steps stay in and no matter what going on.
It won't open till you switch it on. Had to put one on my previous MH
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No you switch the power off so steps stay in and no matter what going on.
It won't open till you switch it on. Had to put one on my previous MH
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Hello Don,

Where about this switch is located in relation to the screen door or door?

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Hello Don,

Where about this switch is located in relation to the screen door or door?

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Just look at my screen door and found the switch.

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Old 09-03-2016, 10:28 AM   #17
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On my Allegro I had a steps disconnect switch. One camping trip my son and his girl friend were stay over with us and my son woke up during the night to go to the bathroom. Since they were sleeping on the fold out sofa he decided he would use the "natural bathroom" outside. Someone flipped the step switch by mistake at 3:30 in the morning we hear this Whoaaaaa! as he takes a header out of the RV. Luck he wasn't hurt and that we could only laugh, but the point was made about the danger of the step dis-connect. Can't understand the need to turn the steps off.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:51 AM   #18
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My Georgetown has a switch that keeps steps from closing when door is closed . When you start engine and door is closed ,stairs will close even when switch is engaged. The switch is only to keep stairs open when parked and engine off. Placing a magnet at bottom of door where mag switch is will keep stairs from opening. When parked to close to a curb or something real high this will work. But for uneven surface I will raise right side of coach with jacks in manual mode.
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On my Allegro I had a steps disconnect switch. One camping trip my son and his girl friend were stay over with us and my son woke up during the night to go to the bathroom. Since they were sleeping on the fold out sofa he decided he would use the "natural bathroom" outside. Someone flipped the step switch by mistake at 3:30 in the morning we hear this Whoaaaaa! as he takes a header out of the RV. Luck he wasn't hurt and that we could only laugh, but the point was made about the danger of the step dis-connect. Can't understand the need to turn the steps off.
Why didn't, you have the steps locked out? This issue only happens when your in a tight close to curbs and other sistuations.
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Why didn't, you have the steps locked out? This issue only happens when your in a tight close to curbs and other sistuations.
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What I did was took a toggle switch , found the wiring to the magnet on screen door and put the switch on that line. And it locks the steps in. Make sure it's the
power line to the steps.
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