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Old 12-04-2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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Sewer light.

Hi, my trailer has a sewer light; This light is located in-line with the drain pipe/cap. There is a push button switch, with a weather cover, that turns this sewer light on. I have never used this light and I have never had to drain my tanks in the dark, but just the same, my trailer was built with this sewer light. Point is, my sewer light stopped working [I test it once in a while] and the problem was the very cheap/crappy switch that Airstream installed on my trailer. For those of you who don't know me, I don't like having things that don't work, even if I don't use it. I went to Lowes today and bought a heavy duty weather proof toggle switch [about $8.00] and installed it. It sure works fine now and I don't think this switch will fail, for as long as I own this trailer.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:30 PM   #2
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So are you going to use it NOW? Y'know what they say......use it or.....
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Hi Robert,

I know how you do like things to work. I understand.

However, the topic "Sewer Light" lends an unpleasant image to the term "crappy switch."

I'm glad you got all that cleared up.
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let there be light...

Had the same problem Bob....

We both a little anal a-what?

Now I only dump at nite...
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Lucy's sewer light did the very same thing last year. I had to replace the switch. I never used Lucy's much, either. We often set up in the dark, but I usually use a work light. That little light isn't much.

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this reminds me of the toilet TV on the Shuttle training mockup....
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Anyone know the bulb number used in the sewer light?
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Only thing I'd worry about would be the dreaded "accidental toggle" phenomon, caused e.g. by road debris, then running down the battery if it goes unnoticed for a few days. The original switch, living under its little rubber cover is hard to trip by accident ... the light in my under-bed storage compartment - that has a slide switch - has been subject to the "accidental slide" phenomenon. Couldn't figure out why my battery life was so short. A little piece of duct tape on the switch fixed that!
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I like my sewer light and I do use it in the fall when the sun sets early. But now I have to worry: "When will it break?" "Will I be left in the dark as I hunt for the flashlight?"

Thanks Bob for bringing this to my attention.

Do you ever use the jack light? I never have. It's in the jack off position.

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Airsdream,

Ditto to that about the switch, just by luck did I find that there was even a light in the storage area, being a new airstream owner. Good when you need it I guess. Love the "Airdreamer" though!

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I'm debating if, when I replace my banana wrap, I'm even going to bother with that light again. I've never used it once. I, like Robert, like to have everything working even if I don't use it. But, if it's not there, I'll never have to fix it again!
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This has solved a lot of rogue lighting concerns...

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Less expensive option.

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This has solved a lot of rogue lighting concerns...

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Or you can choose among several nice ones at Walmart in the $15-$20 range. I have two, one I keep in the car, the other is hanging from the screen door of the Airstream. Both come in very handy.

They are also nice if you're working on a computer.

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Old 12-05-2009, 09:38 PM   #14
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Had the same problem Bob....

We both a little anal a-what?

Now I only dump at nite...
Hi, Robert. That's what I'm afraid of, now that I fixed the sewer light, I might have to use it at night now.

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Lucy's sewer light did the very same thing last year. I had to replace the switch. I never used Lucy's much, either. We often set up in the dark, but I usually use a work light. That little light isn't much.

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Hi, Brian. I don't think that little sewer light will put out much light, but in real dark areas [away from city lights] it might be bright enough to be useful. Note: they make an LED replacement bulb that might be brighter and would take a year to run your battery down.

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Anyone know the bulb number used in the sewer light?
Hi, Al. The most common number for that bulb is a 194, but there are a few different ones and I'm sure there is not much difference in candle power at that size.

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Only thing I'd worry about would be the dreaded "accidental toggle" phenomon, caused e.g. by road debris, then running down the battery if it goes unnoticed for a few days. The original switch, living under its little rubber cover is hard to trip by accident ... the light in my under-bed storage compartment - that has a slide switch - has been subject to the "accidental slide" phenomenon. Couldn't figure out why my battery life was so short. A little piece of duct tape on the switch fixed that!
Hi, AirsDream. I did think about that, accidental toggle on, and because of that I purposely aligned my switch so the on position was to the front of my trailer and the off position was to the rear of my trailer; Thinking that if I brushed up against a bush or something going foreward, it would push the switch in the off position.

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I like my sewer light and I do use it in the fall when the sun sets early. But now I have to worry: "When will it break?" "Will I be left in the dark as I hunt for the flashlight?"

Thanks Bob for bringing this to my attention.

Do you ever use the jack light? I never have. It's in the jack off position.

Gene
Hi, Gene. The jack light is almost useless; I have turned it on a few times, but I don't think it was any help. Once again, it might seem bright in a really dark area.
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