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Old 02-02-2007, 09:16 AM   #1
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Lights Always On?

The lights on the "whachamacallit" "service center?" above the goucho in the front are always on unless I disconnect the battery completely? Actually its just the water level indicators that stay on, if I turn on the display switch, the battery level meter and the usage meter and backlight then come on. I don't think they should always be on correct? If I'm going to boondock I would not want any drain on the battery right? Any ideas on how to stop this unnecessary drain? I'm not much of an electrician.
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:21 AM   #2
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Those lights should only come one momentarily when you push the momentary contact switch. Try unplugging the switch and see if the lights go out. If they do, you need a new switch.
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:28 AM   #3
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Those lights should only come one momentarily when you push the momentary contact switch. Try unplugging the switch and see if the lights go out. If they do, you need a new switch.
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Terry has got it right on the head. The old switch may be shorted or stuck.
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Mine has an off and on rocker switch. It sounds like either a miss connection by a PO or something is hay wire in the switch like Terry pointed out.

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Well I unplugged the switch and the lights stay on? If I unplug the wire from the light to the little circut board it goes off obviously. Any ideas on what to do? I'm thinking I should I just buy new rocker switches and see if that is it, any thoughts? TIA
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rocker switches

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Those rocker switches are inexpensively found in most auto parts stores
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Well I unplugged the switch and the lights stay on? If I unplug the wire from the light to the little circut board it goes off obviously. Any ideas on what to do? I'm thinking I should I just buy new rocker switches and see if that is it, any thoughts? TIA
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OK, let me see if I have this correct. The wire from the light to the switch which in turn goes to the board; you unplug the hot wire from the switch and the light still stays on?
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No its the wire from the circut board to the light which then goes to the switch. I just don't know anything about the electrical side. I will look and test again this afternoon.
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jsflint, I also have a 70 27 foot overlander and can tell you the following about the center control panel. I f you still have the original univolt connected the power on light should be ON whenever you are connected to shore power because there is a separate 12 volts winding on the voltage regulator board that supply 12 volts only to the power ON light.
Also mine had the same level lights ON all the time the battery or Univolt were connected because there are no switches in the circuit to turn them ON/OFF. I did install a switch in the 12V line to turn the panel off when not in use to prevent those level lights from shining and draining the battery. I have the owner manual for that particular year if you are interested.
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Thanks French
Yes I have the original Univolt so that sounds like what is going on. When plugged in to shore, where is the Power On light? Is it on the control panel or is that the light in the rear compartment with the red bulb with the on/off light switch, as it is always on when plugged in. I don't know what that switch is for either? I will install some kind of switch for the control panel as well. Yes I would appreciate a copy of the manual. Let me know how you want to go about it.
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