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Old 09-24-2020, 07:06 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Overhead bin light stays on even when closed?

Hey everyone,

We're new to this -- three weeks into our new Airstream lifestyle, traveling around the US for the next year.

A couple days ago I noticed one of our overhead bin lights stays on all the time, even when closed (see pic). Any ideas for what to do here?

Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 09-24-2020, 07:09 AM   #2
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Does it have a on/off switch? first thing I would check
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Old 09-24-2020, 07:09 AM   #3
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Locate the limit switch. It is probably a button that is operated by the door when closed. Adjust the switch/button so the door makes the light go out.
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Old 09-24-2020, 08:25 AM   #4
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We have little rubber dots on our door that help engage the light button switch. Sometimes the rubber piece falls out of alignment and just needs a quick adjustment.
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Old 09-24-2020, 09:25 AM   #5
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Add a piece of felt tab to the on off switch.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:15 AM   #6
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Unhappy Overhead lights

I had the same problem in our Classic. couldn't get it resolved. Now all my cabinet lights won't light - also all of our "reading" lights over the desk and sofa don't work either. Also, the reading lights in the bedroom don't light. SOO frustrating.

Any ideas on these? I've checked fuses (all good) - not sure what else to do!
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:39 AM   #7
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I had same issue. I used a small silicone bumper cushion to provide an elevated strike area for the switch. Problem solved.

Something like this:
322Pcs Cabinet Door Bumpers,Self Adhesive Clear Rubber Bumpers Pads,Noise Dampening Buffer Pads - 5 Sizes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BHP4NGY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_XMnBFbS13FZ0A
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:43 AM   #8
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The problem with the little rubber buttons that stick on the door is they move. You cal glue or tape a piece of a paint stirrer stick in it’s place and it won’t move and will be more reliable.
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I had the same problem in our Classic. couldn't get it resolved. Now all my cabinet lights won't light - also all of our "reading" lights over the desk and sofa don't work either. Also, the reading lights in the bedroom don't light. SOO frustrating.



Any ideas on these? I've checked fuses (all good) - not sure what else to do!


All the reading lights are click on/off as well as controlled from multiplex. Have you turned on the lights at the multiplex and then tried manually clicking the light?
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:45 PM   #10
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We put the felt pads that go on the bottom of chairs on hardwood floors, a couple $ and no more lights on untill you open the cabinet door
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Old 09-24-2020, 04:52 PM   #11
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Appreciate all the help everyone. I'm sure I'm just an idiot but I have no idea where the switch is for this, to even begin trying to adjust it?? Pictures below...


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Yours is a bit different than mine. Looks like it may be the black things in the middle. Once they connect the light turns off? Only way to tell is to try and remove one to connect it
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The reading lights are not controlled via my multiplex in the 2019 Classic 33 - our display is the CZone.
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Old 09-29-2020, 10:28 AM   #14
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What mode are you operating on via your multiplex control panel? (Away Mode, Onboard Mode etc etc ). If your multiplex is in another mode than onboard that might be the issue.
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The reading lights are not controlled via my multiplex in the 2019 Classic 33 - our display is the CZone.

K. Iím on the fire fly on my 18 classic. Firefly does control the reading lights and they also click on and off so itís possible to have the firefly turn on the lights but the lights not actually turn on because someone (usually my wife ) decides to turn the light off manually vs the panel.

Without looking at your panel, I likely canít help you further. I apologize.

You may want to start another thread in the classic section as there will be more people familiar with the czone there than in the general repair forum.
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Old 09-29-2020, 03:24 PM   #16
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Hey everyone,

We're new to this -- three weeks into our new Airstream lifestyle, traveling around the US for the next year.

A couple days ago I noticed one of our overhead bin lights stays on all the time, even when closed (see pic). Any ideas for what to do here?

Any help would be much appreciated!
Dave

I had this same problem in my Globetrotter a couple of years ago. I tried adjusting the hinges to get a better line up for whatever sensor these switches used and could never get it to work. I called Airstream and they said it was probably a bad switch. I got it repaired under warranty and no issue since then.

At the time I was on an 8 week trip and did half of it boondocking. I didn't want the batteries to drain and it was pain at night time when trying to sleep. Airstream suggested I just cut the wires.
I put the battery cut off in "store" mode. Cut the wires and put electric tape over all the connections so they would not touch. No big deal with the lights not working until I got it fixed.

I would just call Airstream Customer service ahead of time so they can note what you were doing and have it added as a warranty repair.
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No wardrobe or reading lights in any mode. Bummer.
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As you have a new Globetrotter your light switch is magnetic like a window switch on a security system. The black plastic thing in the middle of top of the hatch door is the magnet. The switch part is just on the inside of the opening opposite from the magnet and has two wires leading from it. When you open the door, the magnet is no longer close to the switch so the switch closes to turn on the light. Your problem is the switch is stuck closed which completes the light circuit.

Try tapping the switch part with something like the handle end of a screwdriver to loosen it, then close the hatch and see if the light goes out. Another thing to try is to get a fairly strong magnet and move it around the switch to try and move the mechanism inside.

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No wardrobe or reading lights in any mode. Bummer.
We had a problem where one of the locker lights above the bed would often not work. Turns out there was a junction point where a wiring harness powering the front of the trailer was plugged into a harness coming from the main panel. In our case this junction point was under the lavatory sink, in the lower cabinet containing the water heater. The wire leading to the locker light was not plugged in properly to the harness. The Jackson Center tech working on it plugged it in good and secured it with a zip tie.

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Thanks all! Steve -- this is exactly right in terms of our setup. Just tried banging on it a bit but no luck, so I will try out the magnet idea next.

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As you have a new Globetrotter your light switch is magnetic like a window switch on a security system. The black plastic thing in the middle of top of the hatch door is the magnet. The switch part is just on the inside of the opening opposite from the magnet and has two wires leading from it. When you open the door, the magnet is no longer close to the switch so the switch closes to turn on the light. Your problem is the switch is stuck closed which completes the light circuit.

Try tapping the switch part with something like the handle end of a screwdriver to loosen it, then close the hatch and see if the light goes out. Another thing to try is to get a fairly strong magnet and move it around the switch to try and move the mechanism inside.

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