Originally Posted by y5raleigh
Greyhawk 06- just brought it home. Steps worked when we viewed it to buy from private owner. Jayco has sat for a while not in use but batteries were charged. After we got home steps stopped working. Same day the battery went really low while we were in it cleaning. Plugged in everything brighter. But steps not working. Yes, light is on under steps.
thanks in advance.
I have an 05.
Open the battery compartment. Check the battery water level. If it's low, fill with distilled. The Jayco charger will cook batteries if left plugged in for a long period of time. Filling the battery may or may not bring it back to life if it was low.
There is a charge-controller add-on that costs about $30 that will prevent cooking of the battery when plugged in... See my prior posts in this forum.
The steps should work when powered by battery or when plugged in. They don't take that much current. Two things to check:
1) There is a switch that will disable the step with the motor not running. It's typically near the door.
2) A full failure will be indicated by starting the coach. If the steps stay out, you've got a problem.
I think the steps are Kwikee? The motors on these do sometimes burn out and can get stuck. I've seen them fixed by a hammer and on my coaches by removing the motor and seeing if it will run when not connected to the step.
Be careful when working on the steps as you can lose a finger if it's in the wrong place.
If you have to replace the step motor, Kwikee will charge you a fortune. The secret is that the step motor is a common window motor and it can easily be replaced for under $60. You'll need to search the web for the right replacement.