Originally Posted by gspage53
Something came to mind when I read this thread. DW and I were following a Winnebago one day and his steps had not retracted. The road we were on was kind of narrow and 2-lane so I couldn't get next to him to tell him. He eventually hit a speed limit sign with them and it ripped and mangled the steps and the sign. There ought to be a warning light when the MH is put into drive or reverse that lights up when the steps are out.
I agree. We saw a Class-A with steps out on our trip to GA in March. We were on I75 so eventually were able to get around them then slow so they would pass and we were able to get the Co-Driver's attention and they retracted the steps.
RE warning light. I would think the RV mfg would not want to spend the $5 since the step controller is supposed to automatically retract the steps with IGN on.
I am thinking of installing a buzzer near the door. This would be easier than trying to run wire to dash and it will be easier to figure out how to power the buzzer as it would come on when the stairs are extended.
Power to relay with IGN on (wire in the door control area under the step already there) and when the door is closed and the ground is created by the step switch lockout which would complete the circuit. The relay would then power the buzzer.
If/when I get this to work I will try and post instructions.
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