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Old 08-27-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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Overhead lights - New switches

While having the switches for the two overhead lights in the convenience panel sounds like a good idea, the two switches are at the far right side, and very hard to locate in the dark.

I purchased a new JR switch which matches the existing switches, then installed in just below the convenience center.

Now the switches are easy to find, and it's obvious these are for the overhead lights:

Before, with convenience panel pulled out to access the wires and determine a location for the switch:



After installation:



I can see a small cost savings for the assemblers in the terms of cutting the hole and installing the dual switch. But the cost would be such a little difference compared to what FR provided.

Another project complete!

We have a single switch on its way so we can have a wall switch for the kitchen sink light. That project will take a bit more effort as it'll need to be a surface mount, and routing the new wiring will take a bit of effort, but the end result will be well worth it.
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:21 PM   #2
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Bruce, looks really good. Did you leave the switch on the convenience panel live or did you just change the wiring to the new switch?
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Bruce, looks really good. Did you leave the switch on the convenience panel live or did you just change the wiring to the new switch?
I moved the wiring to the the new switches. The originals in the panel are now "management switches". (they don't do a thing though they look functional).

I may eventually replace the switches in the convenience panel with blank-out plates.

The new switches feel so natural, it feels like they've been there all along.
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Old 08-28-2016, 02:15 PM   #5
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Adding Wall Switch For Overhead Lights

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While having the switches for the two overhead lights in the convenience panel sounds like a good idea, the two switches are at the far right side, and very hard to locate in the dark.

I purchased a new JR switch which matches the existing switches, then installed in just below the convenience center.

Now the switches are easy to find, and it's obvious these are for the overhead lights:

Before, with convenience panel pulled out to access the wires and determine a location for the switch:



After installation:



I can see a small cost savings for the assemblers in the terms of cutting the hole and installing the dual switch. But the cost would be such a little difference compared to what FR provided.

Another project complete!

We have a single switch on its way so we can have a wall switch for the kitchen sink light. That project will take a bit more effort as it'll need to be a surface mount, and routing the new wiring will take a bit of effort, but the end result will be well worth it.
I'd like to do this in my Georgetown for the ceiling lights in the bedroom. Currently my wife has to reach the switch on the ceiling light itself to turn it on. I can see how to run wiring for the switch in the hollow wall but how much trouble is it to get the wiring from the ceiling light mount point to run along the ceiling to the wall? Do the wires have to be externally attached or is there a way to have them pass through the ceiling panels.


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Old 08-29-2016, 05:43 AM   #6
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Im glad to see that there is someone who agrees with me that the light switches are not in the right place or some not on wall switches at all.

Our Sterling 32RL had no wall switch for the bedroom lights. You had to enter, round a corner and turn on the overhead lights one at a time. It was a pain in the A__. I just finished putting in a wall switch. The bathroom was immediately behind the bedroom wall and was curved to accommodate the installation of the medicine cabinet. By removing the medicine cabinet I had access to drill a hole into the ceiling to fish a wire over to the closest bedroom ceiling light. 2 wire splices later and I have a wall switch located just inside the bedroom door
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:19 AM   #7
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I am wondering if there is a switch with a light in it that we could use to replace those little wall switches,,, I have installed several of then in our home & garage !!!
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I am wondering if there is a switch with a light in it that we could use to replace those little wall switches,,, I have installed several of then in our home & garage !!!
Your home and garage are 120 Volt and the lights on your camper are 12 Volt.
They make lighted switches in 120 Volt, some lighted all the time, some lighted when activated.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Rv-Trail...JWIWZP&vxp=mtr

above is a link for a lighted wall switch on eBay so the manufacturer probably makes lighted single switches as well. I don't know if it is lighted all teh time or only when activated though.
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I have never seen a 12 volt light switch with back light,,, would be a great thing !!!
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I have never seen a 12 volt light switch with back light,,, would be a great thing !!!
JR Products :: Home

Do a search of Electrical and On/Off switches on the website. there are several pages and on the bottom of page 2 is something you might be interested in.

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