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Dimensions and Installation of Lippert Kwikee Step on Ford 350 Series Bus

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I need to know if you have dimensional drawings that will provide me with the details to determine the impact this step will have in terms of clearance after installation, mounting requirements, electrical interconnections, etc. I am looking to install this on a 2017 retirement home transport bus. it is a Ford, 350 series bus.

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The Lippert Kwikee 30 Series Electric Step - 1 Step - 7-1/2" Drop/Rise - 36" Wide - 300 lbs # LC3694112 will have a retracted height of 7.25 inches and an extended height of 11.88 inches. This unit comes with a door switch to extend when opened and retract when closed.

This unit can mount to the floor of your bus. You will need a 12V power supply to the system, so I recommend using wire # 10-1-1 sold by the foot along with circuit breaker # 9510 between the unit and the positive battery terminal.

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I was expecting a better drawing but I can do with what you have provided. I do need more electrical detail. do you have a better explanation of its complete function? A schematic would be even better. Its great that the step extends with the door operation but I need to know that interface. Also there are times when we dont want the step to extend with the door operation. can we override, electrically? Again, a complete electrical schematic will answer all my questions pertaining to the integration with the bus. Let me know if you can provide. We cannot purchase until we have an understanding on its functionality and interface with the bus.

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You can override the magnetic door switch with the manual toggle switch which also comes with these steps. Because these steps wire to a power switch inside your coach during installation, you can override the automatic operation by simply turning that switch off. When you turn this toggle switch to the off position, the steps will remain extended or retracted. This is convenient when your motor home is parked and you want your steps extended at all times so that you can easily get back into your van. As a safety precaution, the steps will retract when you turn on the ignition, even when you override the automatic operation, just in case you forget to retract them before driving away.

I've attached a diagram showing how their steps are wired. It shows every circuit breaker and your steps will come with everything needed you just will need to supply the tools necessary.

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