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Old 06-09-2005, 02:20 PM   #15
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Yea, but what if...

What if you can turn it both ways???
Don't answer...I already know.
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Old 06-09-2005, 02:29 PM   #16
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Then you can justify using one of those dreaded four letters words.




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Old 06-09-2005, 02:45 PM   #17
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hmmm... the problem I see IRT the 70's trailers is that the light fixture is built in and around the vents. I haven't seen an "off the shelf" replacement that would be appropriate. the square metal fixture fits around the vent opening, the bug screen for the vent is then attached to that, and the whole thing is covered up by:

the whole ugly thing is covered up and made pretty by these lenses. So, yeah, you could dispense with the whole enchilada, but the inards of the vent, and the surrounding area, with 30 years of crud ground in to the vinyl covered alluminum ceiling, it ain't much to look at. There's no trim or molding or anything for the vent, because it was all meant to be covered by the object in the above pic.

I suppose if you were really clever, you could remove the 1156-type sockets from the fixture, and replace them flourescent tubes...rewire the whole thing...but I ain't that clever.

One of the reasons that I've delayed installing a fantastic fan, besides being incredibly cheap, is that I'd lose a light fixture, too.
Hmm, I have not had one of those light fixtures around the vent, just a light sitting next to the vent. That is why I suggested it. I am not sure if I am lucky, or not.
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Old 06-09-2005, 09:21 PM   #18
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Old 06-09-2005, 09:55 PM   #19
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Hey, I thought that this was only supposed to happen to owners of MGs with electrics by Lucas, Prince of Darkness. (Had the rheostat melt down on a rainy drive to work one day. Gray smoke from the burning wires puffing out the cracks around the windows as I drove down the street ...)

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yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking. In fact, now that I've removed the original antenna, there's a hole in the ceiling, just about in the same proximity to the forward vent as that light fixture is in your pic.

the replacement batwing wouldn't fit in the same location. your 31 has alot more room up on the roof between the vents than my 23, so the new location is off to the side.

Maybe that oughtta be my "angle" on justifying (read: obtaining funding) for a fantastic fan/vent: "well, one way to patch the hole in the ceiling is to cover it with a light fixture, and it would be silly to have 2 light fixtures right next to each other, so I need to install a new fan in place of the old one."

think she'll buy it?
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think she'll buy it?
Let us know if she does.
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I had a funky switch on one of my overheads, and had a replacement on hand, but hadn't gotten around to installing it....'till reading this thread. I decided to move it to the top of my list this weekend.

while I was out there, I snapped a couple of pics of the fixtures, for those that are not familiar with these 70's gems. the "3-way" switch gives you the option of turning on 2, 4, or all 6 bulbs. behind that screen is the crank-up roof vent. in the first pic, you can see the hole remaining from my old skyliner antenna, as well as the new position for the winegard. (mentioned before).

note Andy's reproduction covers in action.
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Just wanted to add I replaced my switch today. I ordered one from Inland RV and it was an exact replacement. It took all of five minutes to wire in, and even the old knob switched over to the new switch, so it looks completely original, which is what I was after. If I'd known what an easy fix that was (and what a hazard the old switch could be) I would have done it last year!
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