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Old 03-25-2019, 12:46 PM   #1
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Mystery wire

I was under the coach lubing the retractable step. I noticed a single purple colored wire with connector dangling loose and not attached to anything. The steps extend/retract fine but the loose wire scares me.
Any ideas on what that is for?
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:45 PM   #2
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I was under the coach lubing the retractable step. I noticed a single purple colored wire with connector dangling loose and not attached to anything. The steps extend/retract fine but the loose wire scares me.
Any ideas on what that is for?
It's for wiring your porch light into the step light or installing a dedicated switch for the step light (not the steps switch) that supplies 12 volts to the purple wire. It's typically not done so the wire is just stowed. It provides an input to the step control unit that will illuminate the step light continuously whenever the porch light or dedicated step light switch is on (fused 12 volt input to the purple wire). The step light normally illuminates only for about 5 minutes otherwise.
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I saw the exact same thing on my 30DS when I bought it 5 years ago. I inquired at the dealer after they replaced the step motor under warranty. They told me after checking with Lippert, that it is not used for our application. I just wire tied it up and the steps have functioned perfectly for 5 years. I use a spray gear grease on all of the pivot points on the steps, keeps them running smooth and quiet.
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As far as I know it has always been a DIY on all units.
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:33 AM   #5
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Mystery solved. Thank you! I just lubed up the step joints after reading another post. I didn't even think of it until I read the post then noticed the steps were a little slow deploying even with full batt charge.
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