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Old 10-07-2002, 09:19 PM   #1
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Rotary Light Switch

Ok, looking for another part. I need four rotary switches for my overhead lights. Radio Shack says " not one they can get, RV place says " uh uh", recommended an A/S dealer. I'm sure these have broken in the past so where have you found them. Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-07-2002, 09:22 PM   #2
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From previous thread:

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Hope this helps!

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Old 10-07-2002, 10:48 PM   #3
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If you have trouble finding the three way swiches, let me know.
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Old 10-07-2002, 10:53 PM   #4
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Hi, I'm replacing my three way "circle" overhead lights from my 75 Argosy TT. Two work for sure, one is sporatic in nature - it sometimes comes on, sometimes not. WD 40 may clean the contacts. Is this what you are looking for? They're available for a nominal charge. I'd post pictures, but the trailer is not at my house currently. I'll visit it soon this week though.
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Old 10-07-2002, 11:10 PM   #5
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Overhead light rotary switches

Ace Fogdale Airstream in Iowa as well as Inland RV in CA. has them if they are the same as found on the '77 Sovereigns and Excellas. I believe that Brett (thenewkid) mentioned that they are available in Home Depot (or was it Lowes?).
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David,
I'm glad you found some sources. I'm replacing mine with some halogen 12V lights - I'll post when done. Good luck!
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Old 10-08-2002, 02:37 AM   #7
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I dont know about halogen 12V lights they might make to much heat, might get to hot!!!!!! just my 2cents.......
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Halogen replacement

Are you going to replace the whole fixture?

Probably way too hot for existing lens and probably to hot for skin.

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Rotary Switches

FIX THEM, Take them apart, write down the wiring sequence., Clean them and replace. Easy to do.
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Sorry I didn't make myself clear - I'm replacing the WHOLE light assembly with some IKEA lights, similar to what Uwe has done previously (search for 12v link). I'll post when I'm done. My test run with the lights went well - very little heat - and the lights will be spaced back from the skin with ventilation room. Thanks for the $.
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Light switches

My 1971 has 3 ceiling light fixtures. It had the square light covers ( all 3 broken) and the rotary 3-wayplus off switches. The switches and lamp holders a re fine, but I could find neither the knobs for the tiny tread on the end of the switches, nor the correct fitting lenses. I removed the fixtures and installed 12V Halogen lights (NON) from Ikea. Nice light - cooler than the 4 bulbs were, and very very unobtrusive.
So if any one needs these fixtures, they're cluttering my toolbox right now........
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Local A/S dealer had the switches for 10 bucks each, and the parts person herself admitted (volunteered, actually) that they were a bit pricey for what they were. But you know..."factory part'. Anyway, I checked HD for something similar, and they had nothing, so I figured I'd just get the "unusual" switches from the dealer. 20 bucks isn't the end of the world....(needed 2).

A little while later, I was going through Lowe's, and just happened by a rack of assorted switches, and they had 3-position rotary switches that looked exactly like what I bought from AS....for 3 bucks. had the same number of wires, was the same size and shape, and the label said "off-on-on-on". might be worth checking out.
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Hi Chuck,

What kind of switches were they? Got any pics?
I was searching high and low, because I wanted to use the original lights at first.I even bought the replacement lenses from InlandRV, but the shafts on all three of my switches were too short - could not mount the lenses. Andy was kind enough to take them back, because I could not make them work in my trailer. The switches work fine, but they are too short for the replacement lenses.
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Uwe, that's odd...why didn't you get switches to match from Andy? If my local dealer had them, surely he does too. I know, they're "highway robbery" prices, but hey... (no offense at all toward Andy; factory-parts=$$$$) we're still only talkin' a few bucks.

I don't have any pics handy, but I'll take some and post them. Andy's lenses look great, and I must say, in light of all the "dissing" there has been lately about $$$, these were a BARGAIN.

I wonder about AS's record keeping. My local dealer said that there were 2 kinds of switches in this era: long and short. Mine should be the "long ones". so I said, "ok, send me those". Well, what I got were quite a bit longer than what I originally had, and didn't have the same knobs on them. so I guess maybe I had the "short" one's. not worth worrying about..I just installed what they sent me, and they work; they just stick out lower than the original. (What I saw in lowe's looked exactly like what the dealer sent me). Another time, I asked the parts people there if they had tail-light replacements. They looked it up in their book, and presented me with what looked like the fixture for the "porch light" that is outside the front door. It has the same lense as the tail light, but the housing has a flange around it, through which the fixture is riveted to the skin of the trailer. With that flange, it will not fit in the tail-light housing. They double checked, and even called the factory, and confirmed that this was the correct light. It is not.
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