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Old 08-10-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Porch light stopped working

My porch light doesn't work...replaced the bulb. How do I get
to the wiring ?
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:16 PM   #2
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None of our lights worked reliably when we first brought our trailer home. I later figured out that the contacts on the switches were bad. I also quickly figured out the switches were a different size than standard RV store switches.

After taking out the two rivets, and removing the switch cover I found just a simple 12v switch. I used needle nose pliers to bend the little tabs back on the back of the switch, removed the contact board off the back, cleaned, reapplied dielectric grease, stretched the spring slightly to help create better contact, and reassembled. Took less than a few minutes a switch and fixed all the not working lights. Of course might want to check at the socket and switch wires to confirm you have 12v at those points first. If not, I think you'd have to drill out rivets to get the light fixture out to check for broken connections, but that would be a lot more work to get inside there.
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Originally Posted by MK 1967 View Post
My porch light doesn't work...replaced the bulb. How do I get
to the wiring ?
Not many things can go wrong.

The following is a list of how to go from beginning to end.

1. Do you have the 12 volts?
2. Is the fuse good?
3. Is the switch good? Normal store bought switches are intended for AC, not DC. The original switches are available.
4. Is the bulb good? You already answered that question.
5. Is the socket contacts good?
6. Is the socket properly grounded.

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had same problem in my 69, found contacts in switch to be dirty and corroded. took switch apart and cleaned, light worked great ever since.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:04 AM   #5
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Be sure to check and see what type of wiring you have also....aluminum or copper.
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:15 AM   #6
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are you talking scare light? The one on the side by the door or one that plugs into the outlet on the side of the trailer?
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