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Old 11-29-2017, 05:35 AM   #15
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Ahhhhhhhhhh, my bad
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Old 11-29-2017, 02:52 PM   #16
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It seems likely they are kwikee brand. Have a look at the plastic cover over the module which might have a number in it. If you remove the motor via the three bolts, you can look inside to establish if that is knackered (plastic gears kaput). If it is the control module, you MUST correctly ID the steps to ensure you get the correct replacement module from Lippert. One alternative e is to wait for a deal on kwikee steps from PPL. I think brand new steps with all required accessories (motor, control module) and wiring runs to about 400 bucks when on offer.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:38 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for all the helpful info and ideas. I crawled under and confirmed it's a Kwikee step. No step model sticker is visible anywhere, and so far no luck doing reverse ID with other various numbers either. But according to etrailer.com:

"The Kwikee Control Box #909506000 [which I have] has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Unfortunately, if your steps were manufactured prior to February of 1999, then there are not replacement parts available and you'd need to replace the entire step."

However, I'm not taking that as a hard no, based on some of your comments about Autozone etc. After a bit more reading, I understand more about the bent steps thing so I'll look carefully for that tomorrow. Assuming they might look a little crooked from straight on? I'll also call Kwikee, because without the step model it's hard to find the service manual. And I'll take off the cover on the gear box and look for any smashy plastic or rubber bits. There is a plastic male/female "snap connector" (technical term : zip-tied off to the side, which I think is the power supply.

Grateful for your support, and that they quit in up position!

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Old 11-30-2017, 01:04 PM   #18
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I think the parts are available. Kwikee might not make them but Lippert make control modules. The motor is a separate part and suggest your first line of enquiry.
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:24 AM   #19
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https://www.ssec.wisc.edu/sparc_stat...ers_manual.pdf
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:04 PM   #20
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Check your grounds. Frequently they are the culprit.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:04 AM   #21
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Check your grounds. Frequently they are the culprit.

True, and the electric steps need to sense the correct voltage otherwise the controller shuts down. Suggest clean ground connections first, then test. If faulty, remove and inspect motor gears and function. You can apply 12 v direct to the motor when removed. If that is all OK, follow Kwikee test procedure in the kwikee manual. If itís the control unit, ID that control unit and find the replacement from Lippert. What colour is the plastic cover over the control unit and are you certain there are no plastic numbers embossed onto that cover.
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The steps randomly unbroke themselves today. They're acting like nothing happened so I'm willing to forgive and forget. ;

Boom Sounds, I did find the Kwikee instructions inside my big fat Airstream manual. They're series 25.
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Check your grounds. Frequently they are the culprit.
Great news... I think John was nearest the bulls-eye tho!

Hope the rig and you guys are all safe with these crazy fires!
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Glad your step started working again. That can be indicative of a bad/weak ground. Taking the grounds apart, sanding or grinding the attach points and then treating the area with anti corrosion stuff will help ensure trouble free operation. I have used liquid electrical tape on mine with good results.
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I'm with John on this, you're lucky they came back on; now's the time to do some preventative maintenance to make sure it stays that way.


@ Mayco, You should know better by now. These rigs are all different, and I've been caught out by the weirdest of things........like the front end grille is different and more pointed in the later years, , really?

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