Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-13-2009, 08:05 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
faceter548's Avatar
1978 29' Ambassador
Redford , Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 13
Smile Rotary light switches


This is my first post and I'de like to say I have found many useful hints here on the fourm. So my question is, does anybody know where to find the three way rotary switches for the celing lights on a 1978 Ambassador? Mine have become unuseable (broken and intermittent) I have cleaned them several times to no avail.I just purchased my AS and have just about gotton everything else fixed but these are driving me crazey. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

28' 1978 Ambassador

Hello, I must be going....
faceter548 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 08:52 AM   #2
moosetags's Avatar

2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 10,981
Images: 5
Welcome from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Try Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies!


SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer (Olivia) & 2018 Silverado 2500 (Lillian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 09:48 AM   #3
2 Rivet Member
astewart's Avatar
1974 31' Sovereign
Stoney Creek , Ontario
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 42
Images: 9
A GSW62 is a direct replacement for the airstream 3 way (off, on1, on2, on1&2) but has the brass knob rather than the threaded shaft for the larger round knobs. Most electrical/hardware stores will carry or can get them GB-GARDNER BENDER GSW-62 ON/ON/ON/OFF ROTARY SWITCH

Hope this helps a bit.
astewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 10:16 AM   #4
Rivet Master
Wabbiteer's Avatar
1973 27' Overlander
1972 29' Ambassador
St. Paul , Minnesota
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,950
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 2
Watch the amperage ratings - many many 'newer' rotarys are 120VAC and small amps so the contacts just don't have the same metal surface area that was original equipment on 70's trailers.

IIRC there are several flavors available, 120VAC 3 Amp, 6 Amp and 10 Amp; the higher current carrying ones will take a lot more abuse before becoming unswitches.

Wabbiteer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 12:49 PM   #5
1 Rivet Member
faceter548's Avatar
1978 29' Ambassador
Redford , Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 13
Rotary switch

Thanks for the advice everyone
Hello, I must be going....
faceter548 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 02:42 PM   #6
2 Rivet Member
DFK's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 49
I don't know much about the light fixtures in a 1978 Airstream but I suggest you remove the cover and look at the switch. If it is anything like my 67 Caravel you might find that the switch has a rather long threaded shaft. Compare your switch to the switch shown on the Vintage Airstream site as referenced by Moosetag and to the picture of the GB switch at the Ace Hardware site as mentioned by Astewart and select the switch with the appropriate shaft length. I needed the one with the longer shaft. I also discovered that the the brass knob may not screw off to allow replacement with the Airstream knob. If that is a concern, you might check with the Inland RV folks. I bought two switches from them that had the longer threaded shaft and a small plastic knob that screwed off and that I easily replaced with the large knob off the light fixture. Be aware, the switches I bought from Inland were quite expensive. I am guessing they were a part sourced from Airstream. On the other hand, I wasn't worried about what amperage the switches were since they were sold as replacements. Good Luck with your project.
DFK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 03:45 PM   #7
Rivet Master
Coastalview's Avatar
2002 27' Safari
Carmel-by-the-Sea , California
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,387
Images: 14
Send a message via AIM to Coastalview Send a message via Yahoo to Coastalview
faceter548, I may have several good working used ones. I'll send you a PM message if I do.
AIR: 649
TAC: CA-40
Northern California Airstreamers
Coastalview is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 08:44 PM   #8
Rivet Master
Ganglin's Avatar
1971 27' Overlander
Central , Ohio
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,365
Images: 13
Maybe one of these given your looking at a 78 - according to their site yours is the round body switch??...

Electrical Inside : ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart
Ganglin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2009, 06:55 AM   #9
1 Rivet Member
faceter548's Avatar
1978 29' Ambassador
Redford , Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 13
Smile Rotary switch

Thanks Coastalview that would be great if you do ,let me know.

Ganglin those would be the ones ! A little expensive arn't they !

DFK Thanks the switches I have are about 3/4" shaft thanks for thr heads up

Hello, I must be going....
faceter548 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2009, 08:30 AM   #10
Rivet Master
Lothlorian's Avatar
1973 27' Overlander
Loganville , Georgia
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,734
I had the same problem three weeks ago. I bought my new one at Ace Hardware. I would find that hardware store that has everything. One that has been there for 40+ years. The new Ace and True values are smaller and very limited. They won't have it. I will tell you that Lowe's, Home Depot, Napa, Autozone, Reilly auto parts do not have it. I bought a Levinton ( That is what yours is in your trailer.


Brian & Adrienne
Lothlorian is offline   Reply With Quote

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
Switches and outside light gmshadow 1969 Overlander 13 04-07-2011 12:12 AM
Replacement for Leviton rotary light switch mharrison@ie Lights - Interior & Exterior 6 01-25-2009 01:44 PM
2 light switches? 63Airstream 1966 - 1968 Safari 10 01-25-2007 10:14 AM
Light Switches 310astream 1972 Overlander 13 09-10-2006 07:25 AM
Rotary Light Switch 74SovereignInt. Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 20 10-15-2002 06:31 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:02 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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