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Old 03-16-2020, 01:26 PM   #1
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Stair light repair

My Airstream is a 2012 with the LED light above the door, generally pointing down. When we bought the trailer, it worked, then it became intermittent. I could not remove the plastic lens so I bought a replacement LED and removed the entire aluminum cover. I replaced the LED and recaulked the cover.
That worked for a while then it became intermittent and I gave up...for some time.
This past week I figured out how to remove the plastic lens without breaking it. One must slip a knife blade under the lower side and push up, after removing the two screws. I could wiggle the bracket and get it to work so my diagnosis was a bad ground. It appeared that the rivet attaching the LED holder was really never clamped hard enough to make good contact with the case. So, I used a small file to clean up both surfaces, squeezed in some dielectric grease, and used a C-clamp to really squash the rivet and bracket to a tight clamp.
Presto! Now it works properly. A simple rivet that was not properly installed. If it fails again, I will use a bolt and nut.
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Old 03-16-2020, 03:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip Larry!

The light on our 2019 GT has behaved the same way since new. If you rap on the housing the light comes on. Now I know what to look for.
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