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Old 06-30-2003, 06:56 PM   #1
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Light on side of coach

Hi, again.
I have gotten most everything working in my 1972 20', and the front and rear top paint touched up so you can't see gobs of galvanized steel. I am planning to take the trailer to a campground this weekend for the July 4 holiday, hopefully I will find no major problems. One marathon repair weekend a month is enough!
Amazingly, everything in the trailer, with the exception of a couple of 12 volt lights, works as God and Argosy-A/S intended, and all seems to be original. The A/C works, the plumbing doesn't leak, the LP system doesn't leak, the Stove, oven, Fridge, water heater, furnace, all work. Wow.
I have noticed something strange on the outside of the trailer, and can't tell if it is factory, or add-on. Anyway, I can't figure out what it is there for.
It is a small jewel-like light on the left rear of the trailer, behind the battery box. I have yet to see it light, and don't know if that is a good thing or not.
Any ideas as to what this is?
Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 06-30-2003, 07:10 PM   #2
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It should light when you plug into shore power.

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Old 06-30-2003, 07:29 PM   #3
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or perhaps it should not

sounds like the reverse polarity warning light on my buddy's '74 excella.

is it purple?

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Old 06-30-2003, 07:33 PM   #4
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It seems I read in my owners manual that that small light has something to do with polarity. You know, the hot and the neutral sides of the incoming shore power.
I think it should light only if the incoming polarity is backwards.
And if you never see it on it's a good thing.
Welcome to these forums. I've only been hanging around for about a month now myself but it's quickly becoming my first stop on the information super highway.
Question I have though: Do they have Airstreams and SOB (some other brands) on the information super highway?
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Old 06-30-2003, 07:36 PM   #5
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John HD wins the prize. It is a polarity light. If you see it lit unplug the trailer NOW. Touching the skin could cause you to become a crispy used to be Airstreamer. If the campground polarity is reversed the skin becomes the hot side of the circuit. Not much of a problem in SOB, but since the skin in our units is a conductor it could be toast time!
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Old 06-30-2003, 07:45 PM   #6
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I always wondered why there was a light to tell me I was plugged in, like I couldn't tell tripping over the big cord right beneath it. Doesn't matter now, it is gone.

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Old 07-01-2003, 08:28 PM   #7
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Thumbs up Light on side of coach

Okay, so if I don't see a light, that is good. If I DO see a light, don't touch the trailer unless I want to become a french fry...got it...
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Old 07-01-2003, 09:11 PM   #8
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rhetorical question...

So, if the light's never supposed to come on, how do you know when it's burned out?

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Old 07-02-2003, 08:50 PM   #9
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I have seen the light!

rhetorical question...
So, if the light's never supposed to come on, how do you know when it's burned out?

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rhetorical answer to rhetorical question:

If it never comes on, how can it burn out??
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Old 07-02-2003, 09:32 PM   #10
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I saw the light

I saw the light for 3 days at the state park where our Austin Forums meet was back in March. Pahaska also saw the light.

Didn't bother me too much. I touched the skins of my Overlander constantly during my stay and never turned into a french fry.

If you wanted to test your light you could make up a male female adapter with the hots and neutral reversed. Many electrical devices will function well on reverse polarity. If the shell of your trailer was indeed "hot" the circuit breaker feeding your trailer will trip. (assuming you have a good ground)

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