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Old 01-18-2015, 06:26 PM   #1
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patio amber light glitch

We camped this weekend. Friday and Saturday the patio amber light operated normally. We rarely use it as we have a good set of awning lights we usually use. We had a very heavy rain last night (awning was closed for the storm). Today when we were packing up we noticed the patio light was on despite being turned off. It didn't go out until after we drove the fifteen minutes home and then turned the battery off and back on. It then operated normally after that. Any ideas?
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:44 PM   #2
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A glitch in the switch?

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I'd pull the cover off the light and clean the socket out with the above or what you like and check and squirt the switch to make sure it was working tight.

I'm sure you know the switch's are NOT of the highest quality.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:50 PM   #3
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I'm not familiar with your unit but is your porch light wired with a 3-way switch.
Don't know if I've ever seen that in a trailer but can't see why it couldn't be done. If that is the case it could explain the light being on.
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Did you use a remote to turn the porch light on? If so, the wall switch won't turn it off. Turn it off with the remote. Then you can turn it on and off with the wall switch.
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No three way light, just a rocker switch. The remote doesn't control the light. I will try what Ford Idaho suggests. Does anyone think rain could have gotten in there shorting something?
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Is the switch outside on the light, or inside the camper? Literally an hour ago I walked outside and found my front work light on dimly. I camped this weekend and came home in the rain, so the water was being driven into the switch and light housing. Water dripping right out of the switch, making a bad contact so the light wouldn't turn completely off. I got the water out and left the light on so it will warm up and dry out. Later I'll have to waterproof the switch and housing.
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No three way light, just a rocker switch. The remote doesn't control the light. I will try what Ford Idaho suggests. Does anyone think rain could have gotten in there shorting something?
I doubt it, water would have caused a dead short and blown the fuse.

High humidity is another story.
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I doubt it, water would have caused a dead short and blown the fuse.
Not if the water contact is entirely within the switch, as I mentioned in my last post.
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No the switch is on the inside control panel which is located on the kitchen island opposite the door. Not high humidity (at least not for NC)
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My porch light has been stuck on for about 6 months. I have the bulb out. I even took the switch out and unplugged all the wires, still on. In my case, that means the switch is on the ground side of the circuit and there is a short to ground keeping the light on.
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