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Old 02-21-2009, 03:39 PM   #1
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I took the cover off my 72 tradewind and there is no bulb and wires were disconnected. There as a black wire at the back of the socket but white one was disconnected. Any ideahow to repair or what bulb and where to get new socket/fixture?
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I took the cover off my 72 tradewind and there is no bulb and wires were disconnected. There as a black wire at the back of the socket but white one was disconnected. Any ideahow to repair or what bulb and where to get new socket/fixture?
Which light?

The entrance door light or the round "scare" light?

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Old 05-04-2009, 10:10 AM   #3
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Andy,

I have a similar problem, my overhead light socket is missing on my 74 TW. What kind of socket was it?? The wires are still there, but no socket. Also there is a switch by the door that doesn't turn on anything, I assume it is for that light.

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Andy,

I have a similar problem, my overhead light socket is missing on my 74 TW. What kind of socket was it?? The wires are still there, but no socket. Also there is a switch by the door that doesn't turn on anything, I assume it is for that light.

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Exactly "which" overhead light?

Be specific, and then we can help you.

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I just replaced the socket fixture on the exterior dome light that is located just above my door. The original was rusted out. I spliced in a bayonet style "Universal Double Contact Socket Assembly" (sold as a tail-lamp socket) that had a 5-6" pigtail. Sorry, I can't recall which size bulb I grabbed. Switch inside now turns on the dome - though I haven't used it yet! Though I have used the *scare* light a few times --- pretty scary!
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GREAT question! I have a 1972 Tradewind and it's lacking an internal light fixture above the door... just wires...

Why such a common problem?
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The one on my '73 was rusted badly and appeared to have been replaced once before. I suspect rust plays a big role. I replaced mine with a blue LED. Still works well after a couple of years and nothing there to rust any longer.

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Sorry Andy, I was jumping off your question in the previous post. I need a socket for the entrance door light. Is it a common socket like Laura said? Would a LED be better? If so, what kind did you use Jim?

Also Andy, it looks like the seal on the light cover is bad, is that the probable culprit to the removed socket?
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I'd have to look up the brand name. I bought a 4-pack at AutoZone made for automotive use for about $25. I made a mount for the other three and put them under the steps. Very useful & brite.

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The one on my '73 was rusted badly and appeared to have been replaced once before. I suspect rust plays a big role. I replaced mine with a blue LED. Still works well after a couple of years and nothing there to rust any longer.

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Are all the LED components plastic? I don't think I know what type of mounts you're using - but sounds great. Especially mounting them at the stairs too. I'm guessing they're not wired????
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I think so. I wrote about in my "Full Monte" thread. I'll post a link later.

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I think so. I wrote about in my "Full Monte" thread. I'll post a link later.

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Thanks for the info Jim ... found your post for the extra step lighting in your "full monte", page 27:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f226...-15132-27.html

Not certain if I can tackle the wiring necessary for this - but it's sure cool!

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Sorry Andy, I was jumping off your question in the previous post. I need a socket for the entrance door light. Is it a common socket like Laura said? Would a LED be better? If so, what kind did you use Jim?

Also Andy, it looks like the seal on the light cover is bad, is that the probable culprit to the removed socket?
The seal on the light over the entrance door is "Vulkem."

Airstream used a single wire socket and a two wire socket as well.

Airstream has now changed to using an automotive type socket that uses a plug-in type small bulb, similair to the bulb that's used in the later model clearance lights.

LED's would work, but I don't think they would provide as much light that would be desired.

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Sorry you had to dig for that. I have to limit internet use at work (especially these days).

Basically, I ran a new wire to the steps from the over-the-door light while the inner walls were out. That may not be an option for you. Like Andy, I was afraid "blue" light wouldn't be bright enough. But the combination of 4 (one up, three down) gives plenty of light to navigate the steps in darkness. Besides, I kinda like the "Airstream" blue color.

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