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Old 01-16-2007, 10:08 AM   #1
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Over the Door Light

Surprisingly, The little light that shines up our toes doesn't help much while fumbling with the keys in the dark !

I am interested in installing one of those clamshell style, over the door lights, on our '06 19' Bambi. Has anyone done this ?

Is it possible to fish the wire through the door jamb somewhere, somehow, to the toe light so it will come on with the same switch ?

Thanx for " enlightening " me !
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You mean you want to install an over the door bug collector? Sorry -- I won't premedicate with coffee next time... I too have to bend over a bit to identify keys if using the step light.

Your light switches are on the left as you enter the trailer? This proposal could take a lot of disassembly. I'd hate to even think of fiddling with the clearcoated interior sheeting. Is there a rivet line that proceeds vertically up under the awning from the hinge area; ie, there would be a rib involved? The whole sealing and integrity issues would keep me up nights... just don't do it until you're out from under warranty. An alternative would be to take it back to the factory and spend quite a few hundreds to have them do it ... if they would touch it at all.

This sounds like too much sugar for a dime. I'd really suggest a little keyfob light.
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Old 01-16-2007, 11:14 AM   #3
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How about a solar powered light?
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Old 01-16-2007, 11:24 AM   #4
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Hey Bob ! Thanx for getting back to me on this. Yeah, the intent is to install the light. My switches are on the wall to the right, as you enter the door.

I haven't done any disassembly as of yet, but am thinking a hole in the skin behind the light would get me inside and if the inside door frame trim is removed, I thought I could bring the wire down the frame and maybe have access to the switch panel a couple inches over......... Some silicone around the wires through the hole at the light should keep me weather tight, non ?


Please pass the sugar..... I like my coffee sweet !
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Old 01-16-2007, 11:26 AM   #5
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I had the factory add one when I ordered my 07 25' Classic. On the same switch as the step light ,really makes a difference
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My switches are on the wall to the right, as you enter the door.
Which makes the big problem -- the major corner post rib is on the right side of your door. Getting past that would take either a lot of disassembly or else intimate knowledge of construction details.

I wouldn't think Airstream would really have prewired for such a light during construction of your unit. Craftsman got one installed due to special order before construction. So if it is Airstream's bag o' tricks you should probably talk to the factory. But good question -- and it is still open...
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When I asked Airstream to add the light over the door it almost didn't happen because the request was so close to the build date. So I asked that in case is wasn't done on the line could they install it after the build was complete and the answer was yes.So it can be done and they may just be able to give you some pointers. Just a thought.
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I had the factory add one when I ordered my 07 25' Classic. On the same switch as the step light ,really makes a difference
For what you pay for a new Airstream, it ought to come standard.
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I replaced the 1157 with a blue LED over the door, got three more ready to go around the step. Looks pretty cool, if I may say so myself.

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Do you have any lights, fan (12v power sorce) inside close to door?
Could feed power down to a swich installed just inside over top of door.
If your mounting light outside just above opening anyway, swich could be in same area, just inside.
Quick and easy to find.

I have not memorized the row of switches on side panel yet, don't want consume the minimal brain space that is left.
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I agree that it should be standard on ALL models. The light at the steps just isn't enough. AND... you should be able to turn them on with a remote as you walk up to the trailer at night. Anyone know what it would take to put this circuit on a a remote switch?
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Of all the places to retro fit a light I'm certain this would be one of the most troublesome. The thought of the damage I could do would make me grope around in the dark for my keys a while longer. A reminder item on the door key is cheaper....as is this maglight keychain flash light. It also can help you down the path after happy hour.
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i'm going to try this. sorry, I couldn't make this file any larger. It's a kit for adding remote to the lights
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Call me adventuresome, or just plain nutz.....

Thanx for all the great ideas....

I'm still not convinced it is that difficult.....
( eww boy, have I ever said these words before ? )

The light itself is about $60 bux. It'll be a couple weeks, but I'll let you know how I make out, I'm also thinking of adding a push button switch on the outside, out of the way, ( like the courtesy light switch at the dump station or jack ) to be able to turn on the lights when you get home from outside. You may not always want to leave on the light while your away.

Keep on schemin', dreamin' and above all Streamin' !!

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