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Old 03-08-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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What kind of light is this?

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It's mounted on the wall to the left of the streetside windows, high above the cabinet (right under the top shelf), and the opening is towards the front of the TT.

Any ideas of what type light this was? Was there a fixture with it? Ideas?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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That's a 12 volt receptacle AKA cigar lighter socket, Called a power point in newer vehicles
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:12 AM   #3
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The 12 volt power socket of that day was made entirely of metal and designed for the heat created by a cigarette lighter insert. Many of today's power socket are made with plastic materials. The latter is designed for charging or powering low current devices like your cell phone or GPS etc.
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Thanks for the info. Do you think it was a factory job as pictured? (Minus the layers of paint, of course!). I'm wondering if there was something to cover the wires.
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Thanks for the info. Do you think it was a factory job as pictured? (Minus the layers of paint, of course!). I'm wondering if there was something to cover the wires.
Factory job??

Absolutely NOT.

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Old 03-09-2013, 10:03 AM   #6
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This is the modern version that I have for my trailer. I have it hard wired into the battery:

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I appreciate the input. I'm wanting to remove the stuff that wasn't original, and this piece has been bugging me for a while! Looks like it will be leaving the unit!
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It was a factory job in my Argosy. There were 2 outlets. One in the bath on the right hand side of the mirror and one in the box for the television. Both had wires behind the interior skin and were mounted in a similar fashion. When I removed them, I could tell they were original and still have the two wires poking out of the interior skin in the bath room as an example. They still have the big old ugly rubber sockets that are formed on the end of the wires.
I fully believe that "anything" goes when it came to Airstream building Argosy's. perhaps with A$ as well. After all. Who would know after it is covered up?
This seems to be the situation with most if not all of the RV manufacturers in the past and in the present.
There is a saying. "The only difference between a layman and a craftsman is the ability to cover up the mistakes" Not sure how true it is, but someone said it.
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