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Old 10-30-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Ref. '67 Safari. Anyone know what light or appliance the electric switch located above and just forward of the entry door turns on and off? There is no outside light. In the off position everything is ok. If the switch is turned on, the 40 amp fuse on the 12V panel blows. Every light and fan works as it should with that switch in the off position.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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It controls the center florescent light. It can be tricky there is an on/off switch on the florescent light as well.
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Do you mean the center 3way? Mine's not florecent. The bulbs are regular 1141Fs. Thanks by the way!
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On my 67 there is front to back a 3-way, florescent and a 3-way. Not including the bath area. Whatever you have in that center spot is what that switch controls.

If you don't have that light the wires may have been capped. It's possible that something has come loose and touching the skin. If that switch is non-fictional then take it out, cap the wires and put a cover plate on it.
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Well.....I have two 3ways in the "living area" and one 3 way in the bath. Nothing in between. Nothing changed, removed, or renovated in that regard.
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Not sure about 67s but in 70s there is a 2nd switch about where you describe so that you can turn on the galley light as you enter the trailer from the on a spooky dark night to scare the gremlins.
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Yes, I have a 3way light over the counter also. All the 3ways work on their own, but the fuse blows when you turn on the light switch. Maybe a short between the switch and the lights? Electricity never was my calling!
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On my 67 there is front to back a 3-way, florescent and a 3-way. Not including the bath area. Whatever you have in that center spot is what that switch controls.

If you don't have that light the wires may have been capped. It's possible that something has come loose and touching the skin. If that switch is non-fictional then take it out, cap the wires and put a cover plate on it.
I'm wrong here. Had to go look. I have a three way thats over where the table is and another fixture (florescent) over the fridge area. The fridge one is the one controlled by the switch.

I also have a 3-way over the sink and a florescent under the front cabinet that shines down on the table. Its hard to see unless you look up and under.

Are we on the same page now.
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Yes, I have a 3way light over the counter also. All the 3ways work on their own, but the fuse blows when you turn on the light switch. Maybe a short between the switch and the lights? Electricity never was my calling!
Could be a bad switch too.
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Looks like I don't have the same light set up that you do. I don't have any florecent lights and certainly no light over the fridge. Nothing over where the table used to be. (I changed that in the restoration) I like your idea about capping it off. Good plan!
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If you get a chance post a pic or two I'd like to see your Safari.
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I'll take a couple of pics this weekend. I'm just finishing up a two year semi-restoration (took about a year longer than I thought) and we're going to the Texas coast on Monday. This whole time I've told myself that I needed to find out what that switch goes to. I was sure it was one of the overhead lights. I've replaced all the 3way switches in them and the hot wires going to the switches were all hot, all the time. I still like your wire capping idea best. I'm still going to work on it tomorrow. Thanks again.
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We had the same mystery with our 67. The switch near the door is indeed just a second switch on the light in the kitchen. But ours also had a problem. There is one huge wad of wires that come together at the kitchen light, and the PO had miswired the wad so that the switch at the door wound up being two positives, the result of which was pretty much nil. After discovering from other owners of 67 rigs what the correct setup was supposed to be, I redid the wad of wires. And now, when we step into the rig at night, you have light with a flick of the switch near the door. (The caveat: Don't use the switch at the light in the kitchen. Just leave it on.)


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Thanks for all the help. I'm going to tackle it again today. If I don't see a correctable problem pretty quickly, I'll just cap the wires and work on it later. I'm running out of time.
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