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Old 12-13-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Just purchased a 1979 Airstream Excella motorhome. Is there a failsafe mechanism keeping the transmission from engaging such as the step being out or the door not being completely closed. Does the step operate on a separate battery from the starter. I can't seem to make it retract. Thanks for any advice. Alu-man. In need of some "alumanation" about this.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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Just purchased a 1979 Airstream Excella motorhome. Is there a failsafe mechanism keeping the transmission from engaging such as the step being out or the door not being completely closed. Does the step operate on a separate battery from the starter. I can't seem to make it retract. Thanks for any advice. Alu-man. In need of some "alumanation" about this.
I'm not sure about your 79 but on my 82 the step is vacuum operated. It will not retract unless the engine is running and the door is closed. There is a button switch in the forward door jam that operates an electric solenoid valve the allows engine vacuum to retract the step. Check the vacuum tubing and operation of the solenoid valve. On my coach the valve is under/behind the step. That being said many have replaced the vacuum set-up with an electric operated step.

I hope this helps.


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Old 12-13-2012, 03:54 PM   #3
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Check the wiring at the steps, you may have a short, happened to us.
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