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Old 04-05-2007, 11:09 AM   #15
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I just purchased 3 last week from Airstream/delivered through the local dealer - they were either $11 or $12 each.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:33 PM   #16
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Correction on the above price - they were $9.56 each - no knob included of course.
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:22 PM   #17
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Another approach that gets around the problem of current capacity for switches is to add a 12V automotive relay. They are small (about 7/8" cube) and can handle plenty of power. Use the switch to run the relay (negligeable power) and the relay to operate the device (lamp, etc.) I've done this many times where I've wanted to keep an original equipment switch. No downside. The relay is easily and cheaply replaceable. What kills the switch is usually wear and dirt on the contacts that raises the resistance. This in turn causes heat which furhter increases resistance, and so on in a positive feedback loop that eventually ruins the switch and or the fixture or starts a fire. Modern cars use relays extensively because they use the computers to turn everything on and off. With a relay in the line your switches will never fail.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:10 PM   #18
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Here's the official electrical engineer's answer from my brother:
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Glad to help, but have bad news. The design of the switch for AC and DC is different. Some switches are designed for both, and if so they carry a dual rating. If there is no DC rating, you should not use an AC switch in a DC circuit. It will fail to open the dc current, arc over, and can be a fire hazard. You remember that AC means alternating current, after a half cycle the current goes thru zero. With DC there are no current zeros. DC switches are harder to design/mfg than AC switches, and more expensive. You should be able to find a DC rated switch at W.W. Grainer.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:23 PM   #19
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Okay, that got my attention. (I think that was a more eloquent explanation of what my brother-in-law was concerned about regarding DC.)

I never thought of checking with Grainger, but they have just about everything else (except for a replacement for the FASCO kitchen exhaust motor).
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:25 PM   #20
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Another good place to find DC rated switches is RadioShack, and most Automotive stores.

Lots of rocker switches and toggle switches. A DC rotary switch will be harder to find. Grainger may be the last resort.
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:00 AM   #21
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The switch for my 75 is a little different then the ones I have seen posted in this thread. Mine have a large know that screws onto the end.The switch cost $11.50 and the nob was $4.35
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azflycatcher: Leviton Light switch for roof light

Richard, HI, I'm in northern AZ, just up the hill from you.

Am looking for a Leviton light switch for a 1973 Excella 500, exactly like the one you have pictured on the Overhead 12 volt light switch - page 2 - of the Air Forums website. Where did you get yours? At Oasis RV in Tuscon? Or where?

RSVP by email & leave it posted on the Forum too so everyone can benefit from the named source.

Need 2 or 3 of them to have a spare on hand for the next one that goes out.

Thanks, JO in Northern AZ.
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Richard, HI, I'm in northern AZ, just up the hill from you.

Am looking for a Leviton light switch for a 1973 Excella 500, exactly like the one you have pictured on the Overhead 12 volt light switch - page 2 - of the Air Forums website. Where did you get yours? At Oasis RV in Tuscon? Or where?

RSVP by email & leave it posted on the Forum too so everyone can benefit from the named source.

Need 2 or 3 of them to have a spare on hand for the next one that goes out.

Thanks, JO in Northern AZ.
The slip on knobs are still available.

The "screw on" knobs have been obsolete for many years.

The new replacement switches that used the screw on knobs now have a small brass colored knob on them.

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I got mine from Oasis in Tucson. They have a lot of vintage parts in the back room. Give them a call and see if they can help you out...
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Richard, HI, I'm in northern AZ, just up the hill from you.

Am looking for a Leviton light switch for a 1973 Excella 500, exactly like the one you have pictured on the Overhead 12 volt light switch - page 2 - of the Air Forums website. Where did you get yours? At Oasis RV in Tuscon? Or where?

RSVP by email & leave it posted on the Forum too so everyone can benefit from the named source.

Need 2 or 3 of them to have a spare on hand for the next one that goes out.

Thanks, JO in Northern AZ.
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Thanks Richard. Will check them out. I prefer getting as close to original parts and equipment as I can on this old trailer. JO
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I got mine from Oasis in Tucson. They have a lot of vintage parts in the back room. Give them a call and see if they can help you out...
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By the way Richard, I'm having trouble getting hold of them by phone. It seems that the toll free number listed on their website is not correct. Do YOU know the correct toll free number, and if so, could you kindly post it?

Thanks. JO
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Leviton Light switch for roof light

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The slip on knobs are still available.

The "screw on" knobs have been obsolete for many years.

The new replacement switches that used the screw on knobs now have a small brass colored knob on them.

Andy

Andy:

Do you carry them, and if so, how much?

JO in Flag
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By the way Richard, I'm having trouble getting hold of them by phone. It seems that the toll free number listed on their website is not correct. Do YOU know the correct toll free number, and if so, could you kindly post it?

Thanks. JO

To Richard (asflycaster):

Called their local number, they seem to be having phone issues. Anyway, they tell me the number listed IS correct.

They have the NEWER light switch, not the one you pictured that I prefer.
A whopping $20.65 each. OUCH! Damn inflation is killing me. JO
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