Step doesn't work

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by thomasamski, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. thomasamski

    thomasamski Member

    Hello everyone! We're on the road in South Florida and suddenly the step at the front door step on my Coachman Freelander stopped working. I checked the fuse, connections, etc., and nothing seems to work. I cannot find a door switch. The on/off switch on the control panel is where it always was when it worked. Everything else in the rig works fine. Is here a reset button someplace? Any suggestions? Thank you.
     
  2. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    There should be a switch on the door that ells when the door is opened. I would ck this first. Probably be a magnetic type sw.
     
  3. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    Rod taught me this, just get a big hammer and give it one big hit, well may take several. He said that will knock it lose and free it up :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: I do hope know I am just kidding.
     
  4. Triple E

    Triple E Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    I think he wants it to open, not fall off. :laugh: :laugh:
     
  5. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    dang Steve he did not mention that :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  6. dfedora

    dfedora Member

    RE: Step doesn't work


    Thomas

    I had the same problem after sitting all winter. I took a small pipe wrench or water pump pliers under the step there is a 1" pipe that the step pivots on it needed some oil and just a little help getting started. Its been 3 week now and they still works well.
    I'm not sure if the motor is getting weak or not but it working well so far.
    hope this helps
    Good luck
    Dick
     
  7. brodavid

    brodavid Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    Hollis, MsJ wanted to know how big of a hammer and how much oil, she is going to try this on ME to see if it will get me moving

    dave
     
  8. try2findus

    try2findus Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    :laugh:
     
  9. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    That question needs to be address to Rod, he is the RV tech. My steps has always worked but I LUBRICATE mine each time I change the oil.
     
  10. thomasamski

    thomasamski Member

    RE: Step doesn't work

    Dick, thank you so much for the advice. I shot some WD40 into the moving parts. It took a few minutes to soak in and the step works like new! Guess that's all it was. When I return home next week I'll lube it properly. That was a giant step for RVkind ... : )
     
  11. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    glad you got it fixed, as you can see we trend to get carried away sometimes, But if you read my last post I said I lube mine every time I change my oil. That would be a habit for you if you travel a lot of dirt roads or in the salts areas. But glad you got it fixed
     
  12. thomasamski

    thomasamski Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    Saw that, Hollis, and I intend to do just that. Thanks.
     
  13. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    isn't WD40 great
     
  14. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    AH, the salt air of Florida....Remember WD-40 is named that because it is the 40th attempt at a Water Dispersing formula. It works great in the short term, but not a true lubricant.
    Glad you got your steps working, lube them properly when you get home.
     
  15. dfedora

    dfedora Member

    RE: Step doesn't work


    Your very welcome glad we could help
     
  16. krsmitty

    krsmitty Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    Ken,

    A sincere question. What do you mean by "lube them properly"? To me, wd-40 would be proper... :blush:
    Use something other than wd-40?

    Thanks,
     
  17. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    Ken S,
    WD 40 WILL NOT LAST for a long time, it will work for a short period of time. I have used it to break things loose, but always come back with a small oil squirt can and squirt the joints with a good grade of oil.
     
  18. krsmitty

    krsmitty Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    Ahhh...got it.
     
  19. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    You got it Hollis. Another possible option is spray Lithium grease. It is a white grease in a spray can.
     
  20. Clay L

    Clay L Senior Member

    Re: Step doesn't work

    Kwikee makes a special lube for their steps called KwikLube. It sprays on as a liquid then dries to a wax.
    It's expensive at about $12 a can or so but I am still using a can I bought 8 years ago.
    Many RV stores carry it.
     

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