Recreational vehicles can only be fun if they are practical, convenient, and easy to use. Interestingly, these are the true properties of modern RVs. Yes, they are massive and sometimes look impractical but they are the exact opposite.
But, what happens if a motorhome becomes inconvenient? Let’s say the steps fail to retract or extend.
What should an RV owner do then? If you panic you won’t get anywhere.
What you should do is be prepared before anything like this happens. Luckily for you, we are here to help.
Follow the steps below and you will find out how to manually retract RV steps.
The Necessary Tools
When you are undertaking a job such as this, the first thing you will need is the right set of tools. To retract RV steps you will need:
Once you find a suitable location, place a few medium-sized rocks behind and in front of your RV’s tires. You have to be safe and sure that the motorhome doesn’t move while you are hard at work. Otherwise, you could get injured.
After finding the step mechanism, you need to identify three of its most vital parts.
Linkage Pin: This component attaches the step frame to the retracting mechanism and is held in place using a pin or a bolt.
Step Frame: This part includes the steps.
Step Linkage: This component retracts and extends the RV steps.
If you cannot identify each of these parts, look at the pictures provided in the RV manual. Usually, pictures are marked with the component’s name. So, you will have no trouble finding them.
Repair the Motorized System
The zip ties or aluminum wire won’t hold forever and you can’t always manually extend or retract the steps. That’s why you have the motor to do the work for you. Only when it malfunctions you need to perform the above steps.
To replace/repair the motor you must remove it using these steps:
- Retract the RV steps and remove the wire connecter coming from the RV.
- Disconnect the plug to stop any power coming from the system.
- Pick up the socket wrench and loosen the bolts holding the motor in place.
- Attach any extra parts not provided with the new motor, like washers, bolts, and gears.
- Apply grease to all the metal parts and attach the motor back in its place.
- Attach the connections and test the new motor.
That’s about all you need to do to sort out the RV steps problem. So, what are you waiting for? Get on working and solve the issue in your RV.