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Old 10-19-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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Porch light only on Battery power????

I saw a thread a few days ago. A member wrote that his porch light only operated on battery and not on city power. Is this true for airstreams ( 64 trade wind ). I did a search on porch ligt and flood light - could not find afore mentioned thread.
My porch light doesn't work - battery is old and dead.
If anyone has info that would be great.

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Old 10-19-2006, 06:45 PM   #2
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Try a search on "scare light" they are sometimes refered to that. Sorry, I don't have one on my '64 to help answer your question ~

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Old 10-19-2006, 09:06 PM   #3
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Hi!
It's nice to talk to a fellow '64 Tradewind owner! Our scare light works on city power. Good luck with yours!
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Old 10-19-2006, 09:18 PM   #4
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Porch light only on Battery power????

Greetings Karol!

The '64s could have two types of "porch" lights. The more common of the two was the "scare" light, and it operates on 12-volt DC. There are two ways to source the power -- either via the 12-volt RV/Marine battery located in the one-stop service center or from the Univolt when shore power is available. In all probability if it doesn't work when connected to shore power either the Univolt is dead (other 12-volt accessories don't work) or there is a problem with the bulb or the associated wiring.

If you are referring to the porch light that screws into an outlet mounted on the curbside exterior wall, this light is most likely 120-Volt AC -- at least that is the way my '64 Overlander's porch light is wired. On my Overlander, the switch for this fixture is found on the exterior wall above the kitchen sink.

I have attached a photo of the 120-Volt porch light on my Overlander.



Good luck in solving your mystery!

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Old 10-20-2006, 06:57 AM   #5
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Thanks so much to the 64 owners for the greatly need input.

My porch light is a permanent fixture ( I guess that would make it a scare light....strange terminology - topic for another thread... maybe )
The univolt is working, just humming away, as all other electric lights, exhaust fans, outlets do work in trailer when connected to shore power.

I kind of thought that is was a socket/ wiring or switch problem and I wanted to pick some experienced brains before I started taking it apart.

What a great forum. Thanks again.
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:36 PM   #6
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Porch light only on Battery power????

Greetings Karol!

If you suspect the socket or the fixture itself, it is possible to get a new replacement. My scare light was replaced with a new OEM fixture when the coach was polished five years ago. The same fixture is still available new as it is also used in the trucking industry. An example of the current OEM replacement can be seen in the link below:

http://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs...9471&langId=-1

Good luck with your investigation!

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Those fixtures are available at your local Napa store, they are marketed as backup lights, for among other things, school busses.
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Old 10-21-2006, 07:22 AM   #8
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That is the fixture.
I had no idea the same fixture was used in a different application on trucks and buses. First time I have run into some Vintage trailer supply also has it. I'll have to look around to see where I can get the best deal
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Old 10-21-2006, 07:25 AM   #9
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OOOHHH OOOPS. That last post just is not pretty. Hit the wrong key while editing a sentence.
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OOOHHH OOOPS. That last post just is not pretty. Hit the wrong key while editing a sentence.
campngirl,
You can edit your own posts for a period of time. There is an edit button at the bottom of the post that will allow you to edit. IIRC the time is 10-15 minutes after orginal posting. After that you will have to ask a moderator to do it for you. As a general rule we (moderators) try not to edit posts except for font, quotes and at the request of the orginal poster. Moderators can be reached by PM. If you go to the bottom of the page you will see a listing of people on line, the moderators are the ones in bold.

BTW I fixed it for you

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Old 10-21-2006, 07:52 AM   #11
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Thanks Kevin
Thanks Terry

The idea I was trying to get across was that it would be nice if more things for my 64 could be found that easily. Old airstreams don't reside in an
' off the rack world '. I am soooooooooooo happy when I can get needed parts,,,,,, especially from a chain store. That is great!!!!
Thank - You again.
Loving this forum.

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Old 10-21-2006, 07:55 AM   #12
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Thank- You Aaron.
Fairly new and figuring things out as I go along.

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