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Old 09-21-2017, 11:35 PM   #1
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Heater on/off switches in bathroom

I've done some searching on this forum, but haven't found any threads on my question. Has anyone put a lockbox over the heater on/off switches in the bathroom? I'm thinking about a lockbox used over thermostats in public places to keep people from changing them. I need some protection from accidental switch movement.
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Old 09-22-2017, 05:35 AM   #2
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I've done some searching on this forum, but haven't found any threads on my question. Has anyone put a lockbox over the heater on/off switches in the bathroom? I'm thinking about a lockbox used over thermostats in public places to keep people from changing them. I need some protection from accidental switch movement.
Do you really allow the public to use the bathroom in your Airstream?
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:28 AM   #3
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:44 AM   #4
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I have kids, so I get it (or I can suggest a marriage counselor). :-) Blue painters tape aligned vertically along the axis of the switch has been a good solution for similar situations with accidental movement. Easily removed, cheap, no screw holes, you can write obnoxious messages on it with a sharpie... There’s another thread somewhere where an owner replaced switches with lighted ones and another added little cabinet door bumpers to give some ‘braille’ touch to them to help sort them out in the dark. If a lock is an absolute, I’d suggest the aforementioned thermostat cover if you can find a smaller/shallower model.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:47 AM   #5
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If you’re handy, and depending on location of your heater, you could disconnect the bathroom switches and wire-up a small switch panel at the water heater, too. Harder for you to get to and visually confirm, but it removes the risk. Only you will know if that’s worth it or not.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:38 AM   #6
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Overlander, I barely allow us to use the bathroom, much less the public. Ha ha

All others, thanks for your input. The tape might be a good temporary idea, but I think that the lock box is the long term solution. I may try 3M tape rather than screws or rivets.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:58 AM   #7
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Of course, the basic problem is;
While 'Normal' people would have the heater switches on a Service Panel, Airstream marches to their own drummer.
And we have to live with results.��

I have no solution around it; which will become academic anyway.
I'm selling the Airstream.
My wife has called RVING at the end of the year, and we both have health problems. DRAT!��
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:21 PM   #8
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No one else has ever used my bathroom
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:31 PM   #9
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If it was necessary to lock off or on the heater switch... you can bypass it out at the heater... and put a bypass switch out their... over by the module... otherwise.. why not lock the whole door compartment that the switch is in...

Yep lot of people selling their airstreams... seems like the pendlum is swinging the other way.. and time for the younger retiree's filling in... It is a shame that ya get old.. and can't enjoy the fruits of your labor longer..
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:12 PM   #10
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I saw a pic recently, maybe on Facebook Group. They put one of those clear plastic outdoor electrical outlet covers over the switches, so you had to open the cover to turn on the water heater. It looked fine and was a nice mod. Kind of like this. http://www.homedepot.com/p/2-Gang-We...20CB/204208057.

I think they had to modify the base a little to fit over the switches, then just installed it with a couple strips of command strips to it could be removed later.

All jokes about the public aside, I myself have managed to turn on the electric switch of my water heater accidentally when it was empty (I was dry camping). Those switches really should be somewhere else, not right next to the light switch. It's mostly just me, but I can see this being an issue especially with children aboard. Just using a lighted switch (if there was one) doesn't solve the problem of accidental turn-ons...
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The lighted switch is probably the best. As it is you have to remember which is on or off and they are not labeled.
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:24 PM   #12
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Heater switches

Wife turned them off first and then grandkids did it the second and third time on our first trip. Wife asked if I had fixed them yet, so it will get fixed shortly. I was just asking if someone had a better idea. My logic is why re-invent the wheel.

Not sure how responders got confused about the public being allowed to use the bathroom in our TT. I was trying to describe the thermostat lock box that you see in public spaces like schools, churches, offices, and shopping. Hopefully those comments were in jest.
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:40 PM   #13
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Showing the neighbors the new AS ... where's the other twin ? ... hmm ....

One "positive" approach for the heaters would be to wire a manual switch in series with their 12V supply.

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When we get to our destination, I set something tall in front of the switches (my can of hairspray and a perfume bottle for example) so that my husband doesn't turn off the hot water heater accidentally. I like the idea of a clear cover of some sort, it would look nicer, in my opinion, than tape.
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