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Old 08-07-2006, 08:56 PM   #1
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Switches and outside light

Hi, I got a reprocopy of the owners manual, and can find no reference to a couple of what look like light switches. One is just inside the door and the other one is a couple feet fwd of the door and about a foot higher than the switch by the door. Have no idea what these are for as they don't seem to operate anything. Both are of the same style and look like rocker switches. Also on the outside is a light just forward of the door that looks similiar to the backup light in size and has a chrome bezzel around it, Says Signal-Stat or something like that along with maker etc. What is it and is one of the switches suppose to operate it?
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:29 PM   #2
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Hello gmshadow,

The large round light is a " scare light " as it is known and is made by signal stat or grote ,can be had new ,auto parts stores have them .One of the
switches should operate that light,do you have a much smaller light or
evidence of one above the door towards the front ? that too could be
switched by one of those as well .What year trailer is it ?

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Old 08-07-2006, 09:42 PM   #3
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This light runs off the 12 volt power. Mostlikely the bulb is burnt out. It gives quite good light when it is working.
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Old 08-08-2006, 09:12 AM   #4
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Is a 1969 Overlander Intl. Accidently found out the switch just inside the door operates one of the overhead ceiling lights if it is left on, can turn it off at the door. The Signal Stat light does not function. Bulb is ok. The inside switch that doesn't seem to operate anything is just below the light on the inside. There does not seem to be any other exterior lights on the outside. Actually light is just fwd of the side windows and just fwd of the awning.
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Old 08-08-2006, 10:39 AM   #5
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A volt metter should tell you whether the switch is shot or the connection to it. I would start from the bulb socket and look to see if you have a good ground and then work backwards from there. If it is like mine the inside switch is a toggle switch and you can not get to the back of it or replace it without taking down an interior panel. Not something I would be willing to do just to fix an exterior light which I would rarely use. You can always just plug a light into the outside socket if you want a little light for the stairs.
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:32 AM   #6
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Check the fuses

My husband just spent all day Saturday checking out the electrical systems on our 70 Tradewind and had the identical questions about those switches. He found a couple of blown fuses, replaced them, and all is good to go now.
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:58 PM   #7
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I had the same problem with my 68 Overlander. The switch on mine was slightly corroded and needed a good cleaning. I drilled out the rivets holding the switch to the inner skin and pulled the switch out of the wall. Then I used some dielectric cleaner and sprayed it into the switch. By turning on and off the switch several times, the contacts came clean and the scare light started to work again. I then squirted some Triflow into the switch to lubricate it, replaced it in the wall and re riveted it into place. The light works good as new.
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:22 PM   #8
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The switch at the front is for the scare light. The one by the door can either be a porch light or a 3 way for the interior lights. My 70's vintage trailers all have 2 switches by the door, one is a three way with the light over the galley the other is the light over the door.

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Old 04-04-2011, 07:54 PM   #9
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I am replacing the rocker switches that controll the overhead lights in the bank by the entry door
has anyone any idea of where I can get a high low switch.I do see some on off but I need a three position job. Thanks
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:23 PM   #10
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I believe what you are looking for is commonly called a "single pole double throw" switch. The three positions are ON--OFF--ON.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:06 PM   #11
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thanks it looks like a generic switch so i could probably find it locally -not really a unique airstream part .?
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:35 PM   #12
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Common switch

It should be a common type of switch. You might try an automotive stereo shop or well equipped auto parts store; maybe even Radio Shack
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:26 PM   #13
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I believe what you are looking for is commonly called a "single pole double throw" switch. The three positions are ON--OFF--ON.
A single pole double throw switch is just on/off. That's the single pole part. The double throw part is that the switch will disconnect both wires (pos & Neg) to an electric device. It has 4 screws or wire attaching spots. Kinda like 2 switches built into 1.
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:12 AM   #14
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I must disagree with 3 dog night. A single pole single throw switch is just ON-OFF, it has 2 screws. A single pole double throw switch is ON-OFF-ON, it has 3 screws. A double pole single throw switch is ON- OFF except it switches both positive and negative, it has 4 screws. A double pole double throw switch is ON-OFF-ON and switches both the positive and negative, it has 6 screws. The latter is often used for reversing a motor.
There is also a single throw switch that is used in 3 way circuits, it really doesn't have a designated ON-OFF. It has 3 screws and switches the power from the center screw to one or the other of the outside screws. I have attached a sketch of it.This could be what you have if there is a 3 way lighting circuit in your trailer. A double pole version of this single throw switch also is available.
There are other combinations of these switches, but these are the most common.
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:38 AM   #15
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switch questions

I realize this is an old thread, but I am replacing my entry rocker switches and may add an additional switch or 2 if feasible. My question is what is the difference between 6 pin dpdt switches like the existing one and ones I see online with 7 pins? Does the 7th pin accommodate the lighted switch that indicates they are on? What should amperage be for replacements? If I were to add an overhead light and switch, could I tap into the power at the same location? I would most likely switch over to LED's so there would be less draw.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Old 11-04-2019, 11:17 AM   #16
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update

Spoke with Rocker Switch Pros today, actually local to me and they explained the 7th pin is for ground and needed for backlit illumination. However, I don't believe I have a ground wire in this location. Please correct me if I'm wrong. If not is it possible to ground to The chassis? or to part of the interior or exterior skin?

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Old 11-04-2019, 12:45 PM   #17
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Yes, the trailer body is ground.
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