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Old 10-15-2015, 10:15 PM   #1
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Kwikee Steps Install

My replacement steps are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow from Lippert (my dealer will replace at no charge but I'm going to have a lengthy wait). Has anyone done the replacement of their OEM Lippert steps with the Kwikee steps on their own? I understand the door magnet requires replacement to extend and retract the steps at the appropriate time, but what about the main wiring harness? Any other 'pro tips' you could share?

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Old 10-16-2015, 07:05 AM   #2
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I believe the wire harness is a plug and play. The new steps come with the new door switch. These triple steps are very heavy so plan accordingly. By myself I used a car jack and stands to facilitate replacing. The supplied installation manual is straight forward, complete and easy to follow.
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Old 10-16-2015, 12:38 PM   #3
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To remove and remount the Kwikee steps is 4 or maybe 6 nuts/bolts from the underside.
You can only get to the bolts when the steps are out.
It is heavy so have something to hold it up.
The main wiring harness is plug and play.
The magnetic contact need to be replaced with the one that comes with it.


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The new switch is quite small and will have to be spliced to existing door switch wires. As an alternative, on line one can find the identical size door switch (may be black) as is already installed but with normally open contacts and then the existing wires can be disconnected from the existing switch and screwed to the new one with the install being the same as is. Not sure if the existing door magnet needs to be swapped out with the newly supplied one but wouldn't with switch on line. Just a thought.
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Can anyone confirm whether the Kwikee Steps utilize a normally open or closed magnetic switch?
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Can anyone confirm whether the Kwikee Steps utilize a normally open or closed magnetic switch?
All I know it is opposite from the old OEM steps.
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Can anyone confirm whether the Kwikee Steps utilize a normally open or closed magnetic switch?
Yes. Kwikee = normally open (door open/switch open) switch.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:16 PM   #8
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I just replaced my 3 weeks ago. The biggest problem I had was the wiring harness was not long enough to plug in so I had to cut and splice in the old harness to make the plug long enough.
The switch is different, normally open for the Kwikee and normally closed for the Lippert
Unfortunately the switch that was ship with the new Kwikee steps got lost because of a torn box. I went on Amazon and bought a magnetic window switch for 7 bucks that was both a normally open and normally closed. I connected it up normally open. Works fine
Like others said steps are very heavy and need to be extended before you are able to bolt it on the MH.
Took me about an hour to bolt on plus another 30 minutes to splice the wires.
Can be done by an individual, just be sure to use 2 washer on top and bottom of the bolt for added strength.
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:48 PM   #9
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Lippert sent you the steps? They said I had to take mine to a dealership and the closet one is 2 hours away plus we full time in ours and can't leave it and wait on the dealer to get around to fixing it. Let me know the secret to get them to send the steps so I can replace mine


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Old 10-19-2015, 09:37 PM   #10
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Kwikee Steps Install

Mine were still under warranty .
I had to take several pictures where they broke and email them.
I then had to buy them from an authorized dealer and they reimbursed me the cost.
Crazy isn't it
Camping world sells the for 550.00 but I could have waited for lippert to ship them but that would have taken 3 weeks.
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