QuiGonJohn

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About QuiGonJohn

  • Birthday 09/09/59

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    Davie, FL
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    Hiking, Biking, Canoeing/Kayaking. I prefer more wooded campsites, like many I have stayed in at some of FL's State Parks. Some of our trips we will be bringing our dog, but since most of them we don't I did not tick off "With Pets".

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  1. Hurricanes/Hurricane Damage & Insurance

    We stayed home thru Irma and due to power going out, we actually rode out the storm passing by in our MH. I had it parked where the house shielded 2 sides. Already had the fridge cold. So when we lost power, we moved perishables into the MH, went in there, started the generator and had AC and local TV channels thru the storm. We were also fortunate that we were only w/o power in the house from 11:30am Sunday until about 8:30pm Sunday. Just the time Irma was near us. We live about 15 miles from the east coast by Ft Lauderdale. Irma went up the west coast and it was scary here. I'd of hated to be in the center of that when it first hit Florida, until it weakened a lot.
  2. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    Got the replacement step light a couple weeks ago and finally got around to installing it, (delays due to Hurricane Irma, etc.). Works great, so it was just the unit went bad, I gather a break internal to one of the leads, or corrosion, whatever.
  3. LED TV To Replace Original TV In Motorhome

    A FOLLOW-UP TO OUR INSTALL - FOR ANYONE WHO READS THIS THREAD AND MAY SEE THE SAME ISSUE. As mentioned in prior posts, we replaced our original CRT Style with a larger LED Panel. This TV works on 12vdc and I happened to have a connector in the TV Space with the correct size pin head on it. So when I first mounted the TV I connected this and it worked on the house batteries. But ... over time I noticed that we'd get noise and the picture would get bad. Finally I took the original cord that came with this TV, regular 120vac plug, with an inline transformer and coming out of that 12vdc to plug into the TV. After switching to this setup and of course, on inverter when not plugged into shore power or on the generator, my noise/distortion issue went away. So I gather when on the straight 12vdc from the coach, the TV was susceptible to variations in voltage causing the noise/distortion. So I just thought I'd pass this info along.
  4. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    I also just tried baring the wire very close to the part the bulb connects to, then touching that spot and the ground plate on the bulb assembly to 12v, no light. Same pair of 12v wires I used when connected direct to the bulb I do get light. So it really looks like it is a problem in the socket the bulb plugs into.
  5. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    Checked for fuses, breakers etc. no issues there. Pulled the cover off the step light, then unscrewed step light from coach. Tested with 12v. Bulb is good (12v direct to each side of bulb). But when I connect 12v to the light assembly wire and touch to ground on the light assembly it will not light, (it did light one time for a brief second, but mostly no go). I figure either the wire has a break internally or the socket is messed up (as in the hot wire not connecting into it good or it's internal ground to the assmebly is no longer a good ground). So it looks like I need to order a replacement step light assembly. Does that sound right? Any other suggestions?
  6. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    Coach is a Winnebago Aspect 26A (2006). Are you saying a fuse for the step light? My first thought was to connect 12v direct to the one wire going to the light and see if the light illuminates. (I gather it only has 1 wire and uses physical ground to complete the circuit.) Perhaps with the grinding we had to do to remove the gear assembly from the step, either the bulb or fuse broke.
  7. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    So I finally got my steps working. I had ordered the motor from American RV, but had a battle with broken bolts. Had to unbolt the entire step assembly from the coach. Then remove the motor and gear linkage. Open the gear linkage to set the main gear to use the "other 180", put that back together after repairing the broken motor bolt (wound up welding a stud into the hole). Put it all together and back on the coach. Steps work nice now. But now the light does not work. Any guidance on "changing the bulb" or other reason the light may not be working. Man these steps have sure been a hassle. Worst case, we can live without the light.
  8. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    Wayne, yes, in fact I downloaded and saved the guide. Right now it looks like I'll either order from there or American RV (I think that comes just a little cheaper). I plan to order tonight or tomorrow at the latest.
  9. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    Do you happen to remember, or have paperwork with Auto Zone's part number, then I could directly match it. All I know is I held mine up against the closest LTD one I could find, and the mounting holes did not line up.
  10. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    Amazon has one too, but it is listed as the Kwikkee 1101428. I thought I read somewhere that the Lippert 379147 was improved, higher torque.
  11. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    Well I took apart the gear box, what a mess in there. I think I will just get the new motor assembly. I struck out at Auto Zone, the one I posted above, the mounting holes do not line up and they did not have any others. Very close match, but w/o the mounting holes right, I'd be out of luck. So it looks like I will pay a little more and order the Lippert motor from American RV, $64.16 plus shipping.
  12. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    I just looked this up on Auto Zone's website. They do not show an 89 Ford LTD, 86 is latest, then it jumps up to 2010. If I start with Year, then Ford, no LTD shows up. As to the gearbox, it seems you mean the smaller gearbox, directly connected to the motor, that is how I removed it. But NOT the larger Gear Linkage Box, shown here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005G21JCU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER So from the Auto Zone site I see this one: http://www.autozone.com/collision-body-parts-and-hardware/window-lift-motor/dorman-window-lift-motor/41182_479487_0_78655?fromString=search&make=&model=&year= This seems to be the closest, although on my original one, the electrical connector is on the lower side of the motor, as pictured, not near the top. But the orientation of motor to gear box, and gear box holes seems to be the same. This is the page with all motors for the 86 Ford LTD. http://www.autozone.com/collision-body-parts-and-hardware/window-lift-motor?filterByKeyWord=89 ford ltd&isIgnoreVehicle=true&fromString=search Did this also come with new mounting bolts?
  13. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    So I got my RV back today and worked on the step again. First I removed the pin and unlinked the step from the motor. With the steps unlinked the motor seems to work fine. But maybe it's getting weak. I removed the motor, one bolt broke so I have to find a replacement for that. Anyway, the gear on the motor and the large gear inside the gear box, both look fine. They are metal and I don't see any broken teeth or anything like that. So I am not sure what to do next.
  14. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    desertdeals, if I go that route I will pull the assembly and take it with me to match it up. Have to wait to get the RV home, so I can pull the assembly and check it out.
  15. Kwikkee Steps Not Working

    Herman, did Blues2go take you up on that? If not, I could use them. Have my RV at the shop and they say motor is bad, but since it works sometimes, I think it might also be a gear and not the actual motor. When I get the RV back I will be pulling the motor and checking it out. Also, I thought when I first started this thread I had come across a link for the motor, I think it was about $67. Well I cannot find that and once again I tried using the SEARCH. I went to the MAIN PAGE for the FORUM, I did a SEARCH of ALL CONTENT on both "steps" and then also on "kwikkee". I did not come up with any other related thread, except this thread, (and when I put in "step" a whole bunch of others, "the first step is to ..."). Can someone help with a link? Also, how can I tell if my motor is right hand or left hand, as mentioned in Wayne's post. Looking at it, I suppose it depends on the angle you view it from.