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Old 12-11-2006, 07:42 AM   #1
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Light switch???

Hello all,

Just purchased a 65 Caravel and cant seem to figure out what the light switch operates above the sink.

The previous owner seems to think it was for a porch light but I dont have one and dont see where one may have been. I have searched the forums for "scare light" and "light switch" to no avail. Could it possibly be for the range fan or perhaps the heater?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-11-2006, 08:06 AM   #2
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Hi Bill,
In an 64GT that I once had, there was a toggle sw mounted just to the left of the window over the sink. It was for the "porch light".
Since you stated that your unit doesn't have a porch light, maybe, and this is a wild guess, it was pre-installed for a possible future installation of a outside light?? The range fan sw was located closer to the blower motor unit for that item.
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If not your porch light it will be for your water pump.
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Old 12-11-2006, 08:35 AM   #4
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Water pump. Check out everything else the previous owner may have told you about.
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My Argosy water pump switch is right where you describe.
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Old 12-11-2006, 09:29 AM   #6
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Ok, I just went out to the Airstream (67 30') to take some switch shots. (Somebody remind me that Birkenstocks were NOT designed for snow.)
All three pics have blue tint to mark switches.

The first attachment shows the water pump switch, a standard-looking residential light switch located across from the sink along with the AC thermostat and power recepticles.

The second shows the outdoor light switch, a toggle located in front near the 12 v. cabin light fixture.

The third is the Magical Mystery Switch. Also a standard-looking residential light switch, it's located above and to the left of the cabin door. It appears at first blush to operate nothing. It will, however, short out the heater if flipped.


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AHHHH Drum Roll......we have one of those Magical Mystery switches tooo

And we also stumped this forum for several posts.

It is an auxilery three way switch for your "Salon" light. (which many people call a kitchen light but it is considered the Salon light)

Turn on your salon light to the level you like (assuming your is a tri light) then go to the wall switch and turn it off. This is a convenient light switch to allow you to get in your trailer without breaking your neck after a night of drinking on the town

And no I am not smart or amazing - just asked the same question three years ago and finally got to the bottom of the mystery.....so back at ya - mark that one off your list....
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Will have to dig up the old thread and see who the real winner was....I am thinking it may have been TomW - but not 100% sure.

But what confussed the issue was the correct terminology for the lights and their location.
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Hello all,

Just purchased a 65 Caravel and cant seem to figure out what the light switch operates above the sink.

The previous owner seems to think it was for a porch light but I dont have one and dont see where one may have been. I have searched the forums for "scare light" and "light switch" to no avail. Could it possibly be for the range fan or perhaps the heater?

Thanks in advance.

Bill
WATER PUMP - You should hear a humm coming from the front sofa (underneath the front left is an access hatch). The pump will burn up if there is no water in the tank so don't let it run long.
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AHHHH Drum Roll......we have one of those Magical Mystery switches tooo ... (snip, snip) ... It is an auxilery three way switch for your "Salon" light. (which many people call a kitchen light but it is considered the Salon light) ... Turn on your salon light to the level you like (assuming your is a tri light) then go to the wall switch and turn it off. This is a convenient light switch to allow you to get in your trailer without breaking your neck after a night of drinking on the town
Way cool! Feeling around in the dark when entering the AS at night has always been a problem for us!

I'd go out an check it right now, but the weather just stinks; see attachment. (Alas, later today I get to go get on the plow and remove the white stuff from the park. )


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BRRRRRR that looks cold - I will light the fire for you and have a hot cup of hmm lets see - what do I have left....

The outdoor light is on that side as well - but ours was on the otherside of the window behind a curtain - now that must have been a "man" design thing!!! - not sure why they could not gang the two switches together???
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BRRRRRR that looks cold - I will light the fire for you and have a hot cup of hmm lets see - what do I have left....

The outdoor light is on that side as well - but ours was on the otherside of the window behind a curtain - now that must have been a "man" design thing!!! - not sure why they could not gang the two switches together???
Yes, whoever put the outside light switch so far from the door wasn't thinking too much! I was considering once drilling a hole through the wall and mounting a switch on the outside.

It looks colder than it is! This front is a Pacific one, not coming down from the north, so temperatures are pretty mild. We're in the mid 20s now (early afternoon). During last week's northern front, we were still struggling to get out of the minus numbers by this time of the day.


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Hey, now I want one of those switches too. I have only the overhead light switch on the ceiling lights and no plan to remove the upper inside skins, so no easy way to put in counter-height switches. I'd have to surface-mount the wires, which I may do in the end.

I do have a nice green idiot light that comes on inside with the porch light though - very soothing. And the porch light switch is just inside the door too.
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Curiosity finally killed the cat, so I ventured out and tested the Magical Mystery Switch with every 12 volt light in the rig. Nada.
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