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I believe I joined the Forum about 10 years ago after buying my first travel trailer off my neighbor...what a ride this RV thing has been...Travel trailer, pick-up trucks, 5th wheel trailer, another pick-up...well now I truly feel I've made the "varsity squad" lol...Last night I picked up a new 2012 Winnebago Vista!!! 33' with 2 slids and bunks the model is 32K. Im like a happy little kid right now!!! Overall the walk-through went well, only 2 minor issues with the wall paper everything else was great and considering I took the advice going with the Class A over the Class C I think its drives very very well. I have one issue I need some help with, its the electric step. Im going to be backing the MH up a narrow driveway for storage, Im know im going to have an issue with the step coming out. Even if I turn the step off it stays in the open position and I dont have the clearance, it will hit the side of my house. Is there a work-around or a bypass to completely turn the step off? Im sure I could install a simple toggle switch but before I got into that I want to make sure there isnt another way? Thanks again from a happy camper...lol

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Now you went and done now everybody is going to say you should have bought the other one congrates

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Depending on the magnetic setup..you could get a magnet and have it positioned so that it thinks the door is closed..thus no step out...If step runs off of coach batteries rather than chassis batteries..you could have step in. hit battery disconnect and then it won't come out either...congrats on the new ride..


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I would not worry about the step hitting the house as the motor shuts off when the motor gets overloaded, not because it's all the way out.
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Along with the other advice, I'd add that in my rig, there are two switches. One on the dash, and one by the door. I can set it up so that my steps won't extend when I open the door. You may have the same setup, but it's confusing where to set which switch so I won't try to mislead you.

What I usually do is just press the main battery disconnect switch over the door and the steps stay closed.


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Jim@HiTek wrote:

Along with the other advice, I'd add that in my rig, there are two switches. One on the dash, and one by the door. I can set it up so that my steps won't extend when I open the door. You may have the same setup, but it's confusing where to set which switch so I won't try to mislead you.

What I usually do is just press the main battery disconnect switch over the door and the steps stay closed.


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Have you ever forgotten which position the switch is in and walked out the door in a hurry or in the dark.......and no step?


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Can you maybe just pull a fuse out?


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barlow46 wrote:

Jim@HiTek wrote:

Along with the other advice, I'd add that in my rig, there are two switches. One on the dash, and one by the door. I can set it up so that my steps won't extend when I open the door. You may have the same setup, but it's confusing where to set which switch so I won't try to mislead you.

What I usually do is just press the main battery disconnect switch over the door and the steps stay closed.


Jim,
Have you ever forgotten which position the switch is in and walked out the door in a hurry or in the dark.......and no step?


Yes, once. That was not fun. But I understand why the manufacturer thought it was a good idea to have that capability. It's to prevent situations like the OP's from damaging the steps, and it's for situations where you might be lifting something into the house and need the steps out of the way, or it's for inspecting the step assembly while closed, etc.

I believe, because of the few deaths that have been associated with that feature, that newer RV's did away with it. Those you have to switch off the chassis power to prevent operation. Some others require the chassis battery to be disconnected.

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I just got it home last night, didnt get much time to play with. Ill take a look today and try and figure something out. Thanks for everyones help!!!

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If the steep is going to run into the house ,how are you going to get the door open enough to get out ?

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