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Old 07-21-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Mystery switch

N my 1975 tradewind, there are two switches right inside the door. One is for the light above the door on the outside. The other I am not sure about. The physical switch is broken so I cannot flip it to see what it works. There is another switch closer to the front window that turns on the outside light by the front window. Any ideas? I need to replace it anyway, but want to know how quickly I want to fix it.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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Ill be interested to learn about this one...I have the same switch setup on my 76 Argosy. I just figgured it was the call swich for the chamber maid.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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Switches by entrance door

Hello. On my 88 Excella one of the switches controls the light over door and the step light. The other switch controls the round light that is up and to the right of the entrance door. This light is sometimes called a scare light. Your trailer may be different but thats how it is on my trailer.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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The scare light has a switch about half way between the door and the front window. I didn't even know it was there until today and I assumed, till then, that the second switch by the door was for that round light. Anyone know where to get a replacement switch?
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:49 PM   #5
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Could be to turn on an interior light.
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I hoped that were the case, but all the lights are individually switched on. The lights on the vents and the reading lights at the couches all have knobs to turn them on. It is currently stuck in the on position (unless it is oriented differently than the one next to it) so it is really confusing.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:54 PM   #7
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I had a 78 31 footer that had a switch like that by the door that was a 3 way switch that turned on the light over the sink. There was another 3 way switch by the sink that would also turn on or off the same light over the sink. It was very handy if you came into the trailer in the dark you could turn on a light to see what you were doing and turn it off by the kitchen sink. It also had 3 way switches that turned the water pump on and off. One by the kitchen sink, and one in the rear bathroom.
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I was thinking water pump.
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One would think that A$ would put the pump switch near the galley sink and another in the bath. But there I go thinking again.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:24 PM   #10
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On our 76 the switches in question operate the exterior door light and the galley sink light.
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The switch in question is for the light over the sink. It is setup as a 3 way switch and works with the switch on the light fixture. I nad to repace mine earlier this year and 3 way switches are hard to find, but not impossible.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:52 AM   #12
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Since the switch is on, I would manually turn all the lights on and see what turns off when the switch is turned off. Jim,
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The OP said that the switch is broken, so he can't check to see what turns on/off. I'm guessing that he will have to somehow get the switch out to see what wires are attached, and maybe try to determine if the switch is a three-way switch as some have suggested.

Since everything is now working properly, my suggestion would be to first disconnect ALL electricity from the coach. Then get the switch out in the open and determine what sort of switch it is. With the power off a VOM should be able to tell you whether the switch is on or off. I'd then carefully remove the wires, cap the ends, and label each wire as to where it went on the switch. A photograph or two would be helpful here. Then, with each wire capped, turn the power back on and see what, if anything, doesn't work.

Once you get it figured out, document it for the next owner.

Good luck with the project. Be safe.
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