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Old 01-23-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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Rocker Switches

How do I remove the fan and light switch on the bathroom wall in a 1983 Excella rear bath? The switches are rocker type.I am trying to trouble shoot my vent line exhaust fan. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:22 PM   #2
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I think you just gently pry them out. Sal.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:32 PM   #3
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Thanks I tried that and it broke the top of it.Small piece came off I had heard that The don't make them anymore to fit for that hole it goes into.So I was hesitant to break it off more until I knew for sure what I had. I tried gently prying with a butter knife.Wife docent know yet ha!
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radio shack might have them
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:02 AM   #5
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Yes finding them is not a problem. Getting it out without breaking is. So far! I want to test the switch there is two of them side by side. One operates the vent line fan,the other the water pump. They may or may not be bad switches I wont know until I test them. I am having a difficult time removing the switches and I don't see anyway that they will come off from the front. I have tried a butter knife and had no luck.Thanks for your post though.
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I would assume that there is not a way to get to the back of the switch.
They usually have spring loaded clips built in (either plastic or metal). When the switch is pushed thru the hole the clips pop out to prevent the switch from coming back out of the hole.
Are the switches mounted to the skin of the trailer?
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Thanks I tried that and it broke the top of it.Small piece came off I had heard that The don't make them anymore to fit for that hole it goes into.So I was hesitant to break it off more until I knew for sure what I had. I tried gently prying with a butter knife.Wife docent know yet ha!
Don't scream out loud - but we replaces some of our switches with automotive chrome toggle switches - they look great and work better than the original switches.....

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Yes, TG the switches are mounted tight against the inside of the trailer skin. I was thinking that they are 28 years old if they are original switches and probably brittle. However they look great minus the small chip I put on one of them. I looked at some rocker switches and you are right they do have clips on them. I would guess that mine do also. I might not be right? So I thought hey maybe some of these fellows have ran into the same situation as me and can guide me from the urge to just break them out of there. With age comes patience to a point so I will wait until I have exhausted all avenues then break them ha! THank you for your reply.
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Never say never. I cannot ever tell what I might do. Thanks for the thought.
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If you are testing the switch for your vent fan I would check the fan itself first. One good way is to turn the light on with just the battery then watch the light and turn the fan on. If the light dims when you turn the switch on but the fan doesn't kick on then the culprit will be a frozen fan motor.
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Yes, you are right. Thanks for moving the cobwebs out of my brain. Makes perfect sense to me. The draw would dim the lights on 12 volt feed.For some reason I just wanted to get that switch out and test it! That darn motor is 40.00 bucks.Any suggestions on freeing it up once you get it out. Thanks for the post dlennie.
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Vent Fan Replacement

I ended up replacing the vent fan motor in mine. Here is a link for the parts. I needed the motor and a new blade. You will just need to check your motor to see if it is the same.

Replacment guide for the motor:
Ventlines Van Vent

They sell the motors and the blades.
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