DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

Pull the pin and key, to separate the stairs, careful of the...

Make the adjustments, add the screws

Disconnect the electric connection

Connect it back up and check. Keep your hands and fingers away...

To get the job done these are the pieces you need.

Our freezer door facade came off, it needs to be attached better...

We filed off staple nibs, first.

Adding the Liquid Nails globbs, but not too much, Incase it all...

Luckily the refrigerator is near a hallway wall, we used that to...


This is a Repair entry for you. Electric steps don’t last a lifetime. They take a lot of punishment, what with all the water, mud and vibration from the roadway and the weight and punishment we deliver when we use them! These marvelous “electro-mechanical” wonders get no respect. If yours starts making groaning sounds and don’t come out all the way, then the motor needs to be replaced. There are several reasons for the motor pak to be cantankerous but one of the main reasons is people putting carpet on the steps, then when the steps retreat over and over the worm gear inside can’t take the pressure of the tightened up space. When that happens the worm gear strips.

It’s pretty simple, as we learned by watching a YouTube video. First, ensure you order the right part, get the make and model number off the underside of the existing step motor. Next, take out the 25 amp fuse to ensure the steps won’t operate when you’re underneath them. NOTE: The step motor has a LOT of torque and will not hesitate to cut off fingers or your hand using the scissor like mechanism, so use caution, a lot of it ! ! ! Next, take out the pin and cotter key to dislocate and isolate the mechanism. Unplug the electric coupling by squeezing it and pulling it apart. Using a 10 mm wrench or socket take out the three screws holding the motor in place. Take care to replace the little gear AND the washer when you apply the new motor pak. Put in the three screws and tighten. Put the linkage back in place with the pin and cotter key. Plug in the electric wire. Put in the 25 amp fuse. Try it out, should work just fine.

During, our recent trip to the Georgia coast, for some reason the freezer door facade came off for no apparent reason. Luckily it didn’t break apart. Upon further inspection, the technician didn’t use long enough staples to hold it. First, we ground off the remaining staple nibs using a Dremel tool stone. We figured using Liquid Nails adhesive would be best for long term. We applied small globbs of the adhesive to the panel. Then, we lined up the panel on the freezer door making sure all was square and plumb. Adding the pressure of some extendable rods against the door and a wall across the hallway. Leaving the rods in place for about 2 hours. That, did the trick to secure the panel on the door.

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