SwitchAware project completed
So I really like the LED thread, but I was really gun shy about drilling holes and trying to hot wire the LEDs into the spade connectors.
I saw a few threads that show the water heater conversion using SeeYouDownTheRoad's SwitchAware replacement switches.
The installation is very easy and can even be done without drilling a single hole.
The basic idea is you replace the switch....put the two wires on the new switch...and then run the "ground" to the frame or other ground point of the trailer.
Since AS is all hand done installing the switch banks, their hand cuts leave a lot to be desired as they are manually routed out....which leaves lots of variations of screw hole distances and entry points......so basically, you can use the ring connector provided and then bend it 90 degrees and use the installation screw of the switch mechanism and then voila, the switch is grounded and mechanically secured to the trailer.....no new drill holes.
The switches can replace almost every single switch in the trailer.....EXCEPT any light that has a dimmer function.........why? Because those are a different switch profile with the connection tabs. Those circuits have a physical PCB and the attach points do not match SwitchAwares profile.
So you can do "most" of the trailer if your up to it and like that style.
However, I'm never satisfied and figured out how to make them all work....it requires modifying the SwitchAwares connectors and hotwiring it physically to the PCB of the dimmer circuit....certainly not for the faint of heart as you could easily damage the boards and then have no lights!
Here are some pictures of it all.....enjoy.