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Old 10-30-2019, 09:16 PM   #1
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a google search confirms what i have found on my georgetown, the steps can't be turned off and kept retracted and open the door; without adding switches/magnets/etc.


my storage barn is a tight fit. will it hurt anything to let the steps open into and be stopped short by a wall while i exit the last time? when i shut the door, they will of course retract.



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Old 10-30-2019, 09:34 PM   #2
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When you park it for the last time, and turn off the ignition key, the steps will be in the retracted position......right?

Before you open the door to leave, just place a fairly strong magnet near the magnet on the frame of the door. The step mechanism will “think” the door is still closed, keeping the steps retracted, and you can jump down to get out. It’s a bit of a drop, but if you grab the handrail, it’s doable.
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:38 PM   #3
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a google search confirms what i have found on my georgetown, the steps can't be turned off and kept retracted and open the door; without adding switches/magnets/etc.


my storage barn is a tight fit. will it hurt anything to let the steps open into and be stopped short by a wall while i exit the last time? when i shut the door, they will of course retract.



thanks.
The magnet will work but it should not hurt the steps at all to allow them to stop short due to interference. They are designed to stop when the current draw reaches a preset level within the step controller. Wherever they stop they will retract normally when closing the door and be ready to extend normally when the door is again opened.
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Old 10-31-2019, 06:44 AM   #4
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I have a bad habit of getting too close to the curb when parking in rest stops when there is no other parking available. Step has hit the curb many times when not fully extended. Been fine so far.
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thanks guys, that was the answer I was hoping for
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:59 PM   #6
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OP did not state year of GT. On later models, there is a switch on the left side of starwell that can be used to lock out the steps. It is next to the hous3 battery disconnect.
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OP did not state year of GT. On later models, there is a switch on the left side of starwell that can be used to lock out the steps. It is next to the hous3 battery disconnect.
There is no factory installed lockout switch to keep the steps (Lippert/kwikee) from extending when the screen door is opened. The step switch will keep the steps from retracting however (Lippert, switch off/Kwikee, switch on). That's why some have installed their own "lockout switch" to fool the system into thinking the screen door is still closed when opened. It matters not what position the system switch is in (on/off) the steps will extend when the screen door is opened. Even with ignition on the steps will extend when the screen door is opened.
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