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Old 03-19-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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Electric Step Question

I know this sounds crazy, but is their a way to keep the steps from coming out on my Georgetown? I have a camp spot at a lake near by that has a deck and I want to keep the steps from coming out while parked by it. Help!!!!
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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Disconnect the wire that goes to the battery. Or you can put a magnet next to the door sensor for something less permanent.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:55 PM   #3
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Most steps that I have seen will not extend if the power switch near the door is turned off when the steps are up and vice versa will not retract if the switch it turned off when the steps are down. Forest River wires them a bit differently. I can think of two ways to do it. Put a switch in that bypasses the door switch and thus makes them think the door is closed all the time (thus they will be up) or put a switch inline with the main power wire from the battery that will disable them completely.

I am thinking of doing either of the two. When I need to check my batteries I clamp a magnate next to the switch on the frame of the screen door so that I can more easily remove my inner steps (battery access) and not have to be leaning over the power steps to do it. The problem with this method is that the clamp and magnate would be in the way of the door closing if that's what you want to do.
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You can have the magnet on the other side of the switch and have it work and not interfere with the door closing. Mine actually sticks to the door frame and activates the sensor. no clamp needed. I think adding a switch is a better idea though.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I will try the magnet for right now, but will look at a inline switch soon.
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I vote for the switch to cut the power to the steps. Don't forget the feature that links the steps and the ignition together.
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I was out visiting the RV at the storage lot and snapped a picture. I just roll this magnet down to the door sensor when I want to close the steps.

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I wanted to do the same as Arkygeorgetown330ts. Seems that keeping the steps in would reduce the pounding they take quite a bit. Will need to try to find a magnet like ronhanson has. Would anyone know how I find where the magnetic switch is located?
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I wanted to do the same as Arkygeorgetown330ts. Seems that keeping the steps in would reduce the pounding they take quite a bit. Will need to try to find a magnet like ronhanson has. Would anyone know how I find where the magnetic switch is located?
Its the little white thing low on your screen door frame, you can see it in the picture above. The magnate that usually activates it is attached to the screen door opposing the switch.

I have an idea of how to solve this problem and will be looking into it soon.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:28 PM   #10
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Steps

I have not tried this on my GT 378 (in storage), but if you have a Lippert step the following procedure extracted from the Lippert Manual should leave the step in a retracted position.

Lippert manual extract:

With the power switch “OFF”

“If the door is opened and closed without allowing the steps to fully extend the step will retract and will stay in that position until the power switch is turned on and the door is reopened”

If you try this and it works let us know>
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