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Old 09-06-2016, 04:08 PM   #1
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Grab bar light not working

I posted this last week under doors and windows and didn't get a response so I thought I might throw it out here to other classic owners. If this is a major faux pas I apologize!

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I looked through threads and did a quick Google search but found no answer so let me query the Forum Brain Trust for help in solving this first-world problem:


Our lighted grab bar near the front door won't light up anymore.


Checked the fuses and all are in working order. It appears as though the handle can be removed with a Philips screwdriver. So maybe there is a LED light in there that has gone out?


Any of you had this problem?

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Old 09-06-2016, 06:01 PM   #2
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Hi - sorry, I don't have a lighted grab bar. Does either the scare light or stair light switch need to be on for it to operate? If not, I suppose you could check the LED and swap it out.

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Old 09-06-2016, 06:16 PM   #3
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Susan,

Mine went out 2 weeks ago. We though it was because of the rain. We had some water continuously seeping out of the lower mount. Both, lower and upper gaskets are dry rotted and cracked.

Yes, there are 6 corse threaded screws and it will come off. Barring the Acrylr underneath and the tech's ability to control the application thereof.

I disassembled it today and found that both mounts are the same. But just the upper mount is wired to power. But both mounts have 2 LED's in them with wires. So they could be interchangeable and idiot proof on the line. The LED's are just glued inside the mounts. Be careful if you take it apart, the acrylic clear bar will fall out of the mounts. Don't ask....

I cleaned as much as I could and could not find anything wrong with wires or LED chips.
So I put it all back together with bad gasket and all. What else could I do, I don't have any spare gaskets in my back pocket. So I assume it will continue to trap water and seep out. In the daylight, it looks still not to be working. Bummer....

Also I noticed that 3 of the 6 screws were loose, well, not only loose but striped, so they do not tighten anymore. And it is going to be a bear to fix at the factory..... Once a hole is there it can only get bigger....
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Susan,

We also noted that our door bell went out also. They might share the same power, don't know, check yours.
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Susan, I have never seen a light on our 12 classic. Our doorbell is battery powered and I don't believe connected to the door grab bar. I'll be back to the trailer next week before going to Sugarcreek.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:58 AM   #6
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Susan,

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Also I noticed that 3 of the 6 screws were loose, well, not only loose but striped, so they do not tighten anymore. And it is going to be a bear to fix at the factory..... Once a hole is there it can only get bigger....
The best fix might well be Riv-Nuts.

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Old 09-13-2016, 08:55 AM   #7
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Thank you all for your thoughts.

Sphere Guy our seals seem to be tight and I don't think that's our problem. Also, the doorbell is operated by batteries. Initially we had trouble with he batteries jarring loose during travel but we've fixed that by tightening up the connections a bit. Sorry about the acrylic bar falling out. I hope it didn't shatter!

I don't think an LED went out because I doubt all four of them would have gone out at once.

What we are thinking, and we will check it this weekend and report back, is that perhaps the wires are bundled with some that run under the sink. We have put towels on the ledge just above the silverware drawers and perhaps we pulled something loose. That is where we will start.

Tater probably the lighted acrylic door handles were added after the 2012 Classics?

drboyd good idea about the Riv-Nuts. Hopefully we won't need them as ours are not stripped. Yet. Still good to know in case that ever happens.

Thanks everyone! I will report in after the weekend.
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Looking forward to your report.
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Susan,

Sorry if I wasn't clearer on the LED's. Only the top LED'S are wired. I think there are 2 or 3 LED chips there.

And, no, the acrylic handle did not shatter, Whew.... I thought it was held in the holder somehow, but know better now.

I will check my door bell batteries.. Funny I didn't "hear" the earlier comments as to such.

I will also check the wires behind the under sink drawers.
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Smile Door bell

Yup,

Checked the door bell. The bottom 2 batteries had fallen out and 1 on top was almost out.

Thanks for the advisement all...
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Turns out the little strip of LEDs must have gone out. We checked the wiring and took apart the switches. Everything looked fine. Took apart the door handle and us d a voltage meter to determine there was electricity to the strip of three LEDs. I guess the next course of action is to order a strip of LEDs. Click image for larger version

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Thanks everyone for your comments.

PS-Anyone know why the patio and bulkhead lights are on the same switch?
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Sphere Guy I'm glad your handle didn't shatter. Your advice to be careful about dropping the handle was Helpful!
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Susan,

Glad the tip helped.

Have you tried to reverse the top mount with the bottom? Mine has LED's there as well.
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I guess that was the only place to place the over front cabinet valance light switch.

But yet, I guess that the switch bank doesn't come with 4 switches or not enough room in the sink cabinet, cause the auto awning switch is like the old style toggles. Black, yuk.

they should have at least matched the style.
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