Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-07-2006, 10:18 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
1983 31' International
Belle Fourche , South Dakota
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 50
Light Switches

My wife and I just bought a 1973 Overlander and are in the process of learning where everything is. As you enter the camper on the right (front) side there are two switches. The one nearest the door controls the outside light over the door. The one next to it controls nothing we can see and I assume it it for an inside light, but can't seem to find it. Any thoughts. Further forward there is an other switch that controls the outside spot light. Thanks. We learned a lot lurking and are anxious to get on the road a few times this fall before winter sets in.

Rick
__________________

__________________
310astream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 02:33 AM   #2
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 6,818
Images: 40
Rick,
Welcome to the forums!

On my 1975 that second switch is a three way that controls the light over the sink. I think on some other units it controls a different light. Hopefully someone with 1973 Overlander will let you know what theirs does...however there is no guarantee...

Aaron
__________________

__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 06:53 AM   #3
Out in left field......
 
Jim & Susan's Avatar

 
1973 27' Overlander
Possum Holler , Georgia
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,773
Images: 39
What Aaron said. Mine is still in pieces in the backyard, so I'll run check in a few minutes. The wall are still out, so I can trace the wire. But I recall that it goes to the lite above the sink. On some models, IIRC, it also operates a couple of other lights.

Jim
__________________
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

Winston Churchill




www.nesa.org

Air No. 6427
Jim & Susan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 07:18 AM   #4
Out in left field......
 
Jim & Susan's Avatar

 
1973 27' Overlander
Possum Holler , Georgia
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,773
Images: 39
Well, I just went out and checked. It controls the lights over the Gaucho, the sink and possibly the center bedroom area. The wire disappears into a huge bundle in the center of the camper, so I can't trace all of it at the moment. Good luck with it.

Jim
__________________
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

Winston Churchill




www.nesa.org

Air No. 6427
Jim & Susan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 07:29 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
1976 25' Caravanner
Vintage Kin Owner
Campton , New Hampshire
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,112
Check for a bad fuse . On my '76 the same fuse controls the outside light , the over the sink light and the ceiling light over the goucho . Some times the fuse is good but the connection is not . If you have a test light check to see if there is power to both sides of the fuse when the fuse is in. Good luck
__________________
ticki2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 07:33 AM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
1983 31' International
Belle Fourche , South Dakota
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 50
Thanks for the replys. All the other lights in the camper are working-sink-gaucho-main. I'll do some more checking this weekend.

Rick
__________________
310astream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 08:55 AM   #7
Patriotic
 
Chuck's Avatar

 
1973 23' Safari
North of Boston , Massachusetts
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,270
Images: 162
On my '73, the switch powers the switch on the galley light. yes, I know that sounds odd. Its kind of like a mis-wired 3-way switch. It allows you to operate the light from 2 different places...kind of.

Power runs from the converter to the wall switch by the door; from there, a wire goes to the galley light. So if you leave this switch in the "on" position, you can turn the galley light on. If you have the galley light switch off, the wall switch appears to do nothing. If you have the wall switch off, the galley light appears to not work at all.

I just leave the galley switch "on" and turn it on and off at the wall. this way, I can get some light in a dark trailer from the door step, rather than having to fumble around in the dark looking for a switch...which I think was their intention.
__________________
Air:291
Wbcci: 3752
'73 Safari 23'
'00 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 QC
Chuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 09:09 AM   #8
Moderator
 
azflycaster's Avatar
 
1975 25' Tradewind
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 11,992
Images: 63
Blog Entries: 1
On my 75 TW the switches act as true 3 ways. It does not make any difference which switch you use (galley or door). Flipping either switch changes the on/off status of the light. I would think that this is the way it was designed to work.
__________________
Richard
Charter Member Four Corners Unit
azflycaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 10:44 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
peegreen's Avatar
 
1998 31' Excella 1000
South Berwick , Maine
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 699
Quote:
Originally Posted by azflycaster
On my 75 TW the switches act as true 3 ways. It does not make any difference which switch you use (galley or door). Flipping either switch changes the on/off status of the light. I would think that this is the way it was designed to work.
Ditto on my '74, until the galley switch went belly up - replaced it with a SPST and resulted with the situation described by Chuck.
__________________
WBCCI 24291
New England Unit
Metropolitan NY Unit
peegreen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 11:17 AM   #10
a.k.a. Ambassador Tim
 
Safari Tim's Avatar
 
1960 28' Ambassador
Northern , California
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,920
Images: 35
Do I get to guess?

I vote for the scare light.

That's the light out side that has large clear lense on it usually between the door and the front of the trailer.
__________________
-Tim
1960 International Ambassador 28'
2001 Silverado 2500HD CC 6.0L 4.10
Check out my book: Restoring a Dream
Check out my Airstream book for kids!: Airstream Adventures
theVAP - Airstream Podcast
Safari Tim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 11:46 AM   #11
Moderator
 
azflycaster's Avatar
 
1975 25' Tradewind
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 11,992
Images: 63
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Safari Tim
Do I get to guess?

I vote for the scare light.

That's the light out side that has large clear lense on it usually between the door and the front of the trailer.
On my 75 the scare light switch is on the other side of the window, away from the other two switches.
__________________
Richard
Charter Member Four Corners Unit
azflycaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 01:10 PM   #12
Moderator
Commercial Member
 
eubank's Avatar
 
1967 30' Sovereign
Angel Fire , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,924
Wellll, on our 67, I wondered for years about the magical mystery switch near the door. Looks like a regular household light switch, but didn't run a damned thing, even after exhaustive testing, testing, testing. Nor is it shown in any of the electical schematics that we have of the rig. A couple of years ago, I discovered that it does indeed do something: I was trying to trace down yet another electrical mystery when I turned on the furnace (to test 12V electrical) and subsequently flipped the magical mystery switch. It immediately grounded out the furnace circuit, causing the furnace to shut down.

So, well, I have no real idea what the original function might have been, but I do know what it'll do now.


Lynn
__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 02:52 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
1976 25' Caravanner
Vintage Kin Owner
Campton , New Hampshire
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,112
Quote:
Originally Posted by azflycaster
On my 75 TW the switches act as true 3 ways. It does not make any difference which switch you use (galley or door). Flipping either switch changes the on/off status of the light. I would think that this is the way it was designed to work.
This is how mine works on a '76
__________________
ticki2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2006, 08:25 AM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
1983 31' International
Belle Fourche , South Dakota
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 50
Well the wife figured it out. It does control the galley light but it is not a 3-way switch.
Many thanks to the forum for help on this matter. What a wonderful tool!

Rick
__________________

__________________
310astream is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
'66 tail light bulbs Derk Lights - Interior & Exterior 8 01-28-2006 10:43 AM
3-Way Roof Light Switches roadcam Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 8 09-06-2004 03:31 PM
Rotary Light Switch 74SovereignInt. Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 20 10-15-2002 07:31 PM
Furnace won't light /stay lit Don Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 9 06-29-2002 04:37 AM
Clearance light wiring Bob Evans Lights - Interior & Exterior 6 05-27-2002 12:03 PM





All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.
Modal Click