Originally Posted by Mrcrowley
That has same specs as the airstream switch that is cheaper than $26 I only ask because I have three and if I replace one I am going to replace all thats $78 with all the other things in my trailer needing fixing I need to cut and pinch hear and there if you know what I mean.
I don't think there is much to worry about, with the original switches.
Yours only lasted 32 years.
If you wish to make a substitute with an unknown switch, that certainly is your choice.
Keep in mind that when a switch overheats, they can start a fire.
The hardware store switches "DO NOT" have a DC rating, therefore they should not be used, in a DC circuit , especially one that can approach an 8 amp DC load.
Granted the Airstream switches don't have a stamped in rating, but Airstream assures that they are correct for the DC loads than can be imposed upon them. Certainly there many years of service that bears that out.
Just because two switches are stamped the same AC rating, has absolutely "nothing" to do with it's DC rating.
The prices of DC switches, "HAS EVERYTHING" to do with it's design, performance and ratings, in this case DC.
How AC components work, is very different than how DC components work.
Ever think of why your home is not powered by DC?
Cutting and pinching with electrical components, is a sure way to a problem, and/or a fire.
There are some ways to pinch when owning an Airstream, but it should never, ever, even be considered, let alone used, if in any way safety could become an issue. LPG systems and components and electrical system and components, for safety, must never be compromised.