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Old 05-21-2010, 06:46 PM   #1
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Captain Chair Switch

Hi all, We are chasing the electric switch to operate one of the front Captain chairs for our 1984 Airstream. can anyone help?

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Old 05-24-2010, 08:24 PM   #2
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Hi all, We are chasing the electric switch to operate one of the front Captain chairs for our 1984 Airstream. can anyone help?

Probably your best bet is to take the switch to a place like Napa and see if they can find something in their catalog to match. I vaguely remember them possibly being something out of a Chevy or Cadillac from the 80s but I could easily be wrong. What I've found is Airstream used parts from various automotive manufactures to build these coaches. A prime example is the dash A/C control panel. Its an early to mid 80s Chrysler product.

If you do manage to find the right unit please post that info for others to benefit from.

I got lucky and got a replacement switch and cover from a forum member who no longer needed it. Sure made my day .

Good luck and keep us posted.

PS, looks like this is my 1000th post

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Old 05-25-2010, 10:53 AM   #3
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I will repeat this mantra as often as is necessary:
do not...mention airstream in a quest for parts...take out/off the offending part and submit it to the auto parts store as a need-to-replace is a good place to start, chevy is second, and it is a 454...not an is a p30 or p32 chassis, not an airstream..."airstream" will cost you a few days, and often a negative response...they will call jackson center...the price, if available, just went up...think bread truck or delivery van...not gracious, but i slept in an airstream moho last night, and i slept quite comfortably, as did most of you all(i hope!!!)
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:32 PM   #4
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I found a 6 way switch in a junk yard for a 1994 dp seats IKE
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:15 PM   #5
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Smile power switch

The power switch on my pass. seat stopped working. I spent about an hour taking it apart and I cleaned the 4 contact points inside. I put it back together and it works great
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:52 PM   #6
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Mine started a fire with the self reseting breakers on the chair, the switch shorted out and the breakers kept putting power back to the motor. Lucky for us we were there and pulled the breaker:-(
This happened 6 months ago it almost burned are cat that was sitting on top of the chair:-)
I am installing a long blow fuse on the circuit to prevent a recurrence
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:38 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by ScrapIrony-2 View Post
.think bread truck or delivery van...not gracious, but i slept in an airstream moho last night, and i slept quite comfortably, as did most of you all(i hope!!!)
True stuff. I thought I had a broken valve spring and pulled into a GMC/Isuzu dealership in Phoenix. The white coat "advisor" w/many pens in his pocket came out and crossed his fingers in the "X" sign. I asked him why he could not service the engine, even though if it said "Wonder Bread" on the side it would be no big deal. He explained that my engine was an "industrial" version and the mechanics were scared they'd screw it up. Up here in the PNW, Isuzu is used in most fishing boats to power the gen sets; parts and expertise are no problem.

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