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Old 04-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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Main Door Light

Is there a switch for the main door light? Installing a new socket an not getting any juice.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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Is there a switch for the main door light? Installing a new socket an not getting any juice.
If you are talking about the light right over the door, the switch is typically just inside the door towards the front. At least that is where I have always found them. Some units have two switches, the second one typically is a three way that controls the kitchen light fixture.

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I just had same problem. Found out that switch by the door was problem. I replaced it with a rocker switch from Pepboys for around 3 bucks fixed problem. I couldn't find the actual Westinghouse off-white switch so I replaced it with one of the same size from Pepboys in black, while utilizing the old cover plate. While your there you can replace the wire connections and you shouldn't have to worry about it again.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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I've got the 3 switches on the left - from the inside going out

1) hi / Lo inside lights
2) vacuumatic steps
3) flood light

1) works fine
2) removed steps, so not used
3) flood light works fine

Do any of these also work the main light above the door?
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I've got the 3 switches on the left - from the inside going out

1) hi / Lo inside lights
2) vacuumatic steps
3) flood light

1) works fine
2) removed steps, so not used
3) flood light works fine

Do any of these also work the main light above the door?
I'll try to remember to look at the wiring diagram for your model when I get home from work today and can run out to the barn and get the service manual that covers 77 and 78. Maybe the vacuum step switch also runs the over-door light? Would kinda make sense. Have you tried actuating it and checking for juice at the socket?

I also recently had an issue where the overhead light on mine quit working. I found that the bayonet connector inside the wall had come loose when I stretched the light out too far during bulb replacement. I had to take the interior door trim off and remove two rivets on the inner skin to get at it and reconnect it (as well as add some additional length!)
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2) vacuumatic steps

Do any of these also work the main light above the door?
I have a strong suspicion that this switch was originally your light switch! The 1977 Argosy did not have a power step option.
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I just talked with a co-worker who has a '78 28ft. He says that on his, there is a deadbolt of sorts on the door that triggers the step in or out. The switch on the wall is for the over door light.

Maybe the bayonet in the wall came lose like mine?!?
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I'll also look at the wiring I cut at the steps when I removed them. I did not think about this light being powered on/off with the vacuumatic steps but that makes sense given there is no obvious on/off switch.
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WineStream, if you have a wiring diagram for this area, that would be helpful.
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WineStream, if you have a wiring diagram for this area, that would be helpful.
Thanks for reminding me. I had forgotten to get that. At least the Argosy is close to the house since we're camping this weekend so it's easy to grab the manual.
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Well, here's the bummer: The service manual for my Argosy doesn't contain a nice wiring diagram like the service manual for my Airstream trailer (wonder why they didn't include it?!?!) Anyway, I doubt it helps you much, but I've attached the pages from the service manual dealing with the electrical system. I've included a third picture of my actual door and a few pointers on what I did to fix my over-door light. If nothing else, you could at least run a totally new line to the light from the door/step switch.
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Thanks WineStream.
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