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Old 09-30-2013, 04:08 PM   #29
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Why move the switch?
Is there a problem tuning on valve and leaving on while your using Coach?
When you exit or are done using it can't touch just turn off?
I don't understand all the fuss to move switch
The remote solenoid valve uses a solenoid so when the propane is on, there is a constant current draw. In order to keep this from draining your battery bank, you have to turn the propane off. Given the very funky design of the latch for the cover on the outside of the camper, I like to be able to switch it on/off from inside.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:07 AM   #30
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Why move the switch?
The switch is not in the most convenient place to access it and the cover for the existing switch takes an inordinately large number of turns to either open or close the hatch to gain access to the existing switch. You have to get down on your hands and knees to see the switch and at my age and stage of life I can do it, but I much prefer not to. Basically it is a pain in the nether regions of the human anatomy to use the switch in the standard location.
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Is there a problem tuning on valve and leaving on while your using Coach?
Certainly that can be done, but there are safety issues with leaving the valve open while on the road. Vibration on the road could cause a gas valve to open, if the furnace or hot water heater were left on the pilot could be blown out by the 60 to 70 mph wind outside. In the event of a wreck that last thing you want is a leaking propane line in the unit.
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When you exit or are done using it can't touch just turn off?
Not sure what you meant by "can't touch just turn off" but turning the outside switch off is still a PITA and if the weather is bad it becomes a major PITA.
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I don't understand all the fuss to move switch
I can sum it up in one word. "convenience". By-the-way I am not an advocate of moving the switch. Rather adding a second switch in series with the original. The original switch is located where it is for the convenience of the person filling the propane tank, not the vehicle operator. The second switch is for the convenience of the vehicle operator.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:41 AM   #31
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Also as Protag has pointed out in the past, it is a legal requirement for the switch to be next to the fill valve.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:59 AM   #32
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1. When in the "on" position it draws a little under an amp, 24-7 to keep the solenoid open. Your house batteries will thank you. Much easier to turn it on/off when you need it to save depleting the batteries, and since it is right near the water heater switch, it is very convenient to turn on and off. I turn it off when I don't need propane. I do not leave my water heater on, for instance, because I don't like the "ka-whoosh" sounds it makes directly under my head at night.

2. When on the road, the gas is open to the curbside rear panel. Someone hits you there, ka-boom. That's reason enough for me right there.

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Why move the switch?

Is there a problem tuning on valve and leaving on while your using Coach?

When you exit or are done using it can't touch just turn off?

I don't understand all the fuss to move switch
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:17 AM   #33
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Since late-model Interstates have all-electric refrigerators, there's no particular need to leave the propane on while traveling— unless you're traveling in winter and want to run the furnace while en route.

I haven't added a second switch inside; I still just use the outside switch. I open the cover when I arrive at the campground, leave it open as long as I'm not going to be driving anywhere, and only close it again when I pack up to leave after confirming the propane is shut off. With the cover already open it's not a major issue to flip the outside switch to turn the propane on and off.

Sure would have been nice if Airstream made the cover latch with an interrupted thread, though. Then it would just be a quarter turn to open it, and a quarter turn to close it again, and not 22 half-turns to open and close it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:22 AM   #34
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The main reason I added the second switch in series was to allow me to start the generator when under way for the air conditioner or the microwave.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:36 AM   #35
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The main reason I added the second switch in series was to allow me to start the generator when under way for the air conditioner or the microwave.
Of course. I should have thought of that. Maybe I forgot because I don't use my rooftop a/c or microwave while underway, but I have used my furnace underway.
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:42 AM   #36
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Working on adding a second switch but want to make sure I have the correct wires. From the outside switch, wires enter the loom and are one pair of red wires and one pair of red and white wires (one red, one white). There is no label on the wire insulation for circuit 6 or 6a. This loom, I think, is visible behind the seat belt anchor points for the passenger side jump seat next to the galley. There is very little extra wire here so I want to be certain I tap into the correct wires. I plan on running the wires to the overhead bins and next to the task lighting for the galley so that if I need to run the stove, the switch is right next to the light. The link I found previously for the "yahoo" site is broken or the file is missing. Any help in locating it or directing me to the correct wires?
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:56 PM   #37
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I tapped into one of the red wires and checked that there was 12v on it only when the outside switch was on. I picked the right wire the first time, by luck. I cut that wire and spliced in a pair of wires that ran up through the bathroom wall and over to the electrical panel. I would not willingly go back to using the outside switch.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:33 PM   #38
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Working on adding a second switch but want to make sure I have the correct wires. From the outside switch, wires enter the loom and are one pair of red wires and one pair of red and white wires (one red, one white).

Sounds like the correct area to look. Here of pictures I took. This is with the passenger jump seat and cup holder remove. I installed the second switch in the over head cabinet with the blue light (shows when switch is in on position). The pictures are not the best, but may help. The blue connector is where I spliced into the red wire.
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You were smarter than I was, I removed the drawer under the microwave and worked laying on the floor. I put the switch in the window sill behind the burner and just in front of the shades. I can see the light on the switch to remind me it is on.
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I need to look again... I removed the cup holder and could not see the wires... I did see the pipes and those yellow wires... but nothing else...
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:15 AM   #41
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Be warned, if you go to a conscientious dispenser of propane, you will have to let him into your Interstate ....
Or a conscientious loader of ferry boats. Around here, they like to put eyeballs on the switch. It's easy for me to hop out of the driver's seat and turn it off outside where they can see it. They like that.
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I need to look again... I removed the cup holder and could not see the wires... I did see the pipes and those yellow wires... but nothing else...
I found access to the wires further forward, behind the side seat. They were part of a fair-sized bundle of wires and I had to cut the ties to get slack to identify and splice the wires.

It only took removing a couple of screws to get under the side seat. My 2014.5 doesn't have a seat belt on that side which may have made it easier.
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