Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-10-2002, 10:01 AM   #1
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
Small LED above water heater compartment

Okay folks,
I got one of those whatzit questions.....

On my 71 Overlander on the road side just forward and above the Water heater compartment, There is a small black piece of hard plastic that has two LED's on it.
The LEDS face forward.

I have never seen the LED's illumniate but they appear to be OEM equipment.

What is it?

Smily
__________________

__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2002, 01:29 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Jim Clark's Avatar
 
2012 28' International
Currently Looking...
New Orleans , Louisiana
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,077
Images: 6
Re: Small LED above water heater compartment

Quote:
Originally posted by smily
Okay folks,
I got one of those whatzit questions.....

On my 71 Overlander on the road side just forward and above the Water heater compartment, There is a small black piece of hard plastic that has two LED's on it.
The LEDS face forward.

I have never seen the LED's illumniate but they appear to be OEM equipment.

What is it?

Smily
Are you sure the are LED'S and not neon. 71 would seem early to have LED'S. BTW I have no clue what they are for.
__________________

__________________
Jim N5TJZ Air# 174
2012 International Serenity 28
2005 Safari 25 SS Traded
1968 Globetrotter Sold
2011 F150 Ecoboost
Jim Clark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2002, 02:14 PM   #3
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
Maybe

I concur about dateline for LED's but I cannot tell what they since they have never illuminted.

The plastic housing is riveted to the AS so Unless I want to drill it out, it will be hard to determine.

I am pretty certain that they are not Neon though.

I will post photos tommorrow.

Smily
__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2002, 02:33 PM   #4
Just a member
 
thenewkid64's Avatar
 
1978 28' Argosy 28
Tampa Bay , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 4,539
Images: 21
Send a message via AIM to thenewkid64 Send a message via Yahoo to thenewkid64 Send a message via Skype™ to thenewkid64
The piece of hardware you are describing is a safety device. The two little red led's lite up when you hit your brakes as long as your brake lights work, or turn signals. (I think they are led). This system worked on my 74, but I do not remember one on my 77.

The closest comparision I have is in the 70's Caddy's had the same type of thing over the rear window so the driver could see if his taillights were working in the rear view mirror.
__________________
Brett G
WBCCI #5501 AIR # 49
-------------------------
1978 Argosy 28 foot Motorhome

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. -- Plato


thenewkid64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2002, 02:47 PM   #5
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
Lights

How ironic,
I just happen to be trying to figure out my brake controller problems,
I will verify this theory tonight.

Thanks for the tip,
Smily
__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2002, 06:08 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
davidz71's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Southern Middle , Tennessee
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 3,149
Images: 23
I have two banks of two lights each on the roadside near the front rib. My brake lights work fine but I have never seen these light up. Maybe they are burned out.
__________________
Craig

AIR #0078
'01 2500hd ext. cab, 8.1 litre gas, 5 sp. Allison auto
3.73 rear end
Mag-Hytec rear diff cover
Amsoil Dual by-pass oil filtration system
Amsoil synthetics all around
265 watt AM Solar, Inc. system
davidz71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2002, 07:14 AM   #7
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
No lights

I havenever seen mine illuminate either.

Smily
__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2002, 08:50 AM   #8
2 Rivet Member
 
sovereign's Avatar
 
mill springs , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 43
Images: 6
they work by sending light down a fiber optic type of cable. if you take you tail lites apart you can see where the cable enters the housing. i also found this out when getting parts off a wrecked a/s.
__________________
sovereign is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2002, 08:54 AM   #9
2 Rivet Member
 
sovereign's Avatar
 
mill springs , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 43
Images: 6
and you can only see mine a night, but not while driving. it takes too long for your eyes to focus in the side view mirror. i did it once and ran off the road
__________________
sovereign is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2002, 12:25 PM   #10
Patriotic
 
Chuck's Avatar

 
1973 23' Safari
North of Boston , Massachusetts
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,533
Images: 260
I can confirm this; Mine work quite well, actually. I can see them just fine in the day time. I'm surprised they work so well after 30 years.....I was having some tail-light problems, and when I figured out what this thing was, I made sure to clean the lense that is in the back of the tail-light housing. maybe that helped. They were pretty grimey.....

Andy, if you read this: do your replacement tail lights have this feature, or at least a hole for this? or would I have to drill one myself if I replace the light housings? (mine are kind of corroded...could stand to be replaced).
__________________
Chuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2002, 06:58 PM   #11
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
The tail light system has a fiber optic system to drive the "tail light monitor."
They can drop out of the plastic probe that is in the tail light can. The probe is pushed into a grommet that been installed in the back of the can.
Our tail lights do not have the mounting hole for the grommet, but a simple drilled hole solves that problem.


Andy
inlandrv.com
airstreamparts.com
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2002, 10:27 PM   #12
Moderator dude
 
Action's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,067
Images: 13
What was the first year these were installed?

<>>>>>>>>>>Action
__________________
1966 Mercury Park Lane 4 DR Breezeway 410 4V, C-6, 2.80 - Streamless.
1966 Lincoln 4 door Convertible 462 4V 1971 Ford LTD Convertible 429 4V Phoenix ~ Yeah it's hot however it's a dry heat!
Action is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 10:29 AM   #13
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
The tail light monitor was first used in the early 70's. I know it was on the 73's.

Andy
inlandrv.com
airstreamparts.com
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 01:58 PM   #14
1 Rivet Member
 
CPRcubed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 14
My 71 has it also (and it works well!). Cheers!
__________________

__________________
1971 25' Airstream Trailer, 1994 F350 CC DRW 7.3L PSD Life is Good in Bear Valley Springs!
CPRcubed is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water Heater Craig 1978- 1979 Excella 500 7 10-01-2007 06:16 PM
Water heater and furnace need work? goodgrey Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 18 04-15-2006 11:29 AM
Water leak from either hotwater heater or toilet JLD Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 7 12-02-2003 06:37 PM
Water Heater Advice! John Sims Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 1 06-16-2003 09:43 PM
Could Water Heater Tank Be Filled with Junk? heyskipper Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 4 03-17-2003 08:26 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.