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Old 10-29-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Help With 1967 Globetrotter Mystery Switch

After selling my '64 Safari to Rich in Boulder Creek (hopefully we'll see him posting to the forums soon), I am now putting my full attention to my '67 Globetrotter. I am having a very difficult time determining the function of the light switch above the door & curbside window (see pic). My '64 had two switches in this location which operated the hookup and porch lights. This trailer doesn't have any external hookup or porch lights so I am baffled as to its function. I am going to order an original (reproduction) owner's manual from Airstream, but that will take weeks. Does anyone out there know what the function of this switch would be? Or better yet, does anyone out there have either PDFs of the 1967 owners manual or even just the wiring diagram?

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Old 10-29-2008, 05:33 PM   #2
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Overhead light inside?
Scare light outside?
Have you tried it to see if anything happens?
If you take the cover off, are there 12 volt wires or 120 volt wires inside? Is it even connected?
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:37 PM   #3
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I know what it is! We've got the same switch in our 67.

There's an extra wire leading from the light above the kitchen area to that switch. You leave the switch right on kitchen light on, and then you can switch the whole business on/off via the remote switch at the door. Makes it so that you can enter the rig at night without a flashlight.

It only took us eight years to figure that one out -- and to figure out that the PO had disconnected it at the light.


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Old 10-29-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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I've tried switching it on and off but nothing happens. I checked and the switch doesn't have any DC power to it. That said, right now my main ceiling light (original square 4 bulb unit) does not work either, but that light has a rotary knob to turn it on and off. It is interesting to note that the wiring for this mystery switch is solid aluminum core. I am NOT a fan of aluminum wiring as it was blamed for many mobile home fires in the early 70s.
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:34 AM   #5
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The 1966-68 trailers almost all have aluminum core wiring. You might be even more surprised now.
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The aluninum wiring means you have found a 12v circuit. The 110v circuits are copper. The switch over the door is for your main overhead light. If you pull the light you will probley find two wires in a sheath,1 black,1 white. Hook these to the light circuit and now your switch bye the door will operate the overhead light. At least that is how my 67 Tradewind works. John
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That switch operates the overhead light in my '67 globetrotter, although my trailer also has a switch more to the front of the trailer that operates the porch light. I have my owner's manual. If you'd like a copy, send me your address by PM and I will copy it and send it to you.
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Actually, I was relieved to find that our 67 has only copper wiring for both 110v and 12v systems.

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The aluninum wiring means you have found a 12v circuit. The 110v circuits are copper. The switch over the door is for your main overhead light. If you pull the light you will probley find two wires in a sheath,1 black,1 white. Hook these to the light circuit and now your switch bye the door will operate the overhead light. At least that is how my 67 Tradewind works. John
Not all 120 volt circuits are copper. There is a '68 Overlander sitting out back with aluminum 120 volt wiring in it. I have never seen 12 volt aluminum wiring.
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My '67 has aluminum 12v and copper 110 wiring. The 12v wiring is something called alumiflex (or something like that).
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Not all 120 volt circuits are copper. There is a '68 Overlander sitting out back with aluminum 120 volt wiring in it. I have never seen 12 volt aluminum wiring.
Oops, I thought I knew what I was talking about. I thought I had read one of the guru's on the forums that said the mid 60s had wiring like I discribed. My 67 for sure has 12v aluminum & 110v copper, so maybe I dreamed the rest up. I looked at my old manual that came with the trailer but it does not say. Also I don't even know if that is the right manual,it says on the cover it is for 1968 ,and inside printed in 1967. It discribes my trailer somewhat but a LOT of details are off. John
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On my 63 TW that switch operates the the overhead light when hooked up 120v
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Oops, I thought I knew what I was talking about. I thought I had read one of the guru's on the forums that said the mid 60s had wiring like I discribed. My 67 for sure has 12v aluminum & 110v copper, so maybe I dreamed the rest up. I looked at my old manual that came with the trailer but it does not say. Also I don't even know if that is the right manual,it says on the cover it is for 1968 ,and inside printed in 1967. It discribes my trailer somewhat but a LOT of details are off. John
Probably not much different from what happens in other factories: You use what you have on-hand. If there's a big pile of aluminum wire sitting there, use it; if it's mostly or all copper at the moment, then use the copper.


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Old 11-27-2008, 01:34 AM   #14
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So my '67 Globetrotter appears to have all aluminum wiring - Oh Joy...

I have managed to get all of my 120VAC wiring fully functional, but am still having a heck of a time with the 12VDC lighting. Does anyone out there have the DC wiring schematic for the '67 Globetrotter that they can share? Specifically, I need to understand the circuits that power the kitchen light, main overhead light and two front reading lamps. None of these work in my trailer

Any and all help/insight is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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