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Old 09-13-2006, 03:50 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Light or light cover over the door.. help please!



This is the light I have above my door on my '72 Tradewind. I've been looking at some photos on the forums of other 70's airstreams and it looks as if there was a cover that went over the light (somewhat resembling a vent)? This light is currently not working for me. I should also mention there is a round switch below this plastic light plate cover which you would turn the light on and off?

On the inside wall next to the door I have a wall switch, and I am unsure what this goes to (this too is currently not working). (why would the light have it's on radial on/off if there is an interior wall switch?) There is another switch located closer to the master control panel (towords the front) which turns on the exterior radial light. This is why I thought this other switch would obviously be for the above the door exterior light, maybe the previous owner did some sort of modification? Is this light supposed to be bright? Seems like the exterior radial one closer the front is used for general area lighting? Is a vent supposed to be there to lessen the lighting and only light the area to "watch your step"?

But what should I do about the over the door light to bring it back to it's orginal state? I looked on Vintage Trailer Supply but they'd didn't have anything. Any and all help and or clarification is appeciated. THANKS!

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Old 09-13-2006, 04:00 PM   #2
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Kelly,
that is a replacement light that someone stuck up there for some reason. I would contact someone like www.outofdoorsmart.com and see if they have an orginal replacement. The switch inside the door should control the door light.

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Old 09-13-2006, 04:08 PM   #3
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I replaced my light assembly that was badly corroded with a submersible boat trailer lamp assembly. I had to do a little trimming to get it to fit. Be careful with the electrical hookup to this lamp. If I recall correctly the lamp is fed hot and has its ground switched by the small white switch located to the right of the door. If you're going to replace the entire assembly to factory, I suggest contacting South Jersey RV for an old lamp housing "vent" as you described, and I would now use a high-power LED assembly. It's vibration-proof, and produces little if no heat. Both a problem with the original. Also, this area is a source of leaks above the door!
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:39 PM   #4
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Not an Airstream light fixture...

Another vote for likelihood that a prior owner installed a plastic fixture from RV parts store.. Some Airstreams had no light over the door, but others had rounded metal shield (looks kind of like business end of dustpan..) and flat lens on lower opening covering bulb and socket. Switch inside operated the light. Sorry, I don't have picture of ours...

Options include finding assembly from Airstream dealer or salvage (try Inland RV?) or replacing plastic unit with integral rotary switch with newer one, if they still exist.. That was same "porch light" we had on late '80's Nomad trailer...

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Old 09-13-2006, 06:29 PM   #5
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It is very probable that this unit came from the factory without that exterior stair light . The one in your pic is non original. The reason I say this is because you said you only have one switch inside the door . My '76 has two side by side . One of these turns on the stair light over the door and the other turns on the interior light over the sink . The switch that isn't working is probably suppose to turn on one of the interior overhead lights . Maybe someone with a '72 can verify this .
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:30 PM   #7
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The entrance door light fixtire and socket is available from some dealers that stock parts.

You will also need a lens for that cover.

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Kelly, the one on my '73 looks like Tiki's. You might also try ColawsRV. I bought a couple of hard to get pieces off an early '70's model they have on the lot. They are an RV "junkyard" in Carthage, Mo. Try Colawsrvsalvage.com. There is another "junkyard" in Colorado, but I can't recall the name right now. Don't forget to compare prices, sometimes the junkyard guys aren't cheap. Sometimes they are the only place to find the item you need.

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Kelly, the one on my '73 looks like Tiki's. You might also try ColawsRV. I bought a couple of hard to get pieces off an early '70's model they have on the lot. They are an RV "junkyard" in Carthage, Mo. Try Colawsrvsalvage.com. There is another "junkyard" in Colorado, but I can't recall the name right now. Don't forget to compare prices, sometimes the junkyard guys aren't cheap. Sometimes they are the only place to find the item you need.

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Thanks for the help every one. I still feel at a loss as to what I should do about this. I'll keep you all posted. In the meantime if anybody has any other advice, I'll kindly listen.

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Are there any new suggestions?

I know this is an old thread but since I think Kelly and Bill are in Europe I figured they would not mind if I highjacked it.

Anyway, I also need the porch fixture for my 1970. Anybody have any new suggestions? Mine is missing as you can see.

Also, does anyone know what that roller thing on the door is for?

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I know this is an old thread but since I think Kelly and Bill are in Europe I figured they would not mind if I highjacked it.

Anyway, I also need the porch fixture for my 1970. Anybody have any new suggestions? Mine is missing as you can see.

Also, does anyone know what that roller thing on the door is for?

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We have the polished cover, the correct lens, the new style socket and bulb.

The roller on the door was to protect an awning when it was extended, instead of the door edge cutting into the fabric.

Obviously, the awning is gone.

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Other than possibly fabricating something or finding something in a marine catalog you are going to have fun finding a light fixture.

The roller is to keep the door from dragging on the awning.

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I had the factory install one when my 07 was being built, so parts are still available.
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