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Old 08-17-2008, 07:08 PM   #21
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Ok question remains is there a after market switch .

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.
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how about using 12v relays (fog lamp type) operated by the under rated switch?

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/26-534
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:46 PM   #23
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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.

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Old 08-17-2008, 08:14 PM   #24
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I bought a switch last year from Oasis RV in Tucson, around 12 bucks or so. The trip to the parts department cost me over $250 bucks, they have some neat stuff.
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If I remember, the switch changed between 1975 and 1976. The 75 and below (mine) is much cheaper then the newer one.
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I eventually replaced all 4 of the light switches in my Sovereign with the Home Depot/Hardware store variety of switches. They all burned up within a year of use.

My solution was to replace all with fluorescent lights rather pay $125 in switches for 35 year old yellowed lights.




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I eventually replaced all 4 of the light switches in my Sovereign with the Home Depot/Hardware store variety of switches. They all burned up within a year of use.

My solution was to replace all with fluorescent lights rather pay $125 in switches for 35 year old yellowed lights.
The lenses were yellow, not the lights.

That indicates a lot of cooking with grease and/or smoking in the trailer.

The lenses are available for about $15.00 each.

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Old 08-18-2008, 05:41 AM   #28
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Yellowing of Light Difusers

The plastic used in the 70's Airstream overhead light difusers will turn yellow and eventually orange and brown over long time periods, even if there was no smoke or cooking present. It is normal for this material to turn yellow/orange over time. I bought my replacement lens at the overstock Airstream Store at an International a number of years ago at a reasonable price.
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The change out to fluorescent also dropped my amperage draw per fixture down from 9.4 Amps per fixture to 2.21 (I metered it with a clamp-on). That is a total savings of nearly 29 amps if everything is on.

It is also substantially cooler inside with less heat being generated.
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Hey wht about differencein lighting moreor leslight?

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The change out to fluorescent also dropped my amperage draw per fixture down from 9.4 Amps per fixture to 2.21 (I metered it with a clamp-on). That is a total savings of nearly 29 amps if everything is on.

It is also substantially cooler inside with less heat being generated.
I might think of purchasing some of those when I put the Fantastic Fans in front and back of trailer where did youget yours?
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Here is that switch

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become a serious problem as it was well on its way to melting through the plastic.
Here is a link to that replacement switch from Airstream.

There are few things that you can do to your Airstream that can make a big improvement for so little work, as replace that Lens.

Here is a link to that lens.


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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.

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Andy do you have these still? How do I get in contact to purchase 2? I am working on my 78 excella and one of them burned out.

Thank you,

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Andy do you have these still? How do I get in contact to purchase 2? I am working on my 78 excella and one of them burned out.

Thank you,

Erika
The last post in this thread was 12 years ago. Andy has sold the business and is no longer active on the forums.

You can still get these switches here:
http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...oducts_id=1409
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