Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow campers! I took the week off to chill a bit, get ready for the big family meal today, and of course putter with the motor home some.
This weeks project: a lighting mod. I really like the power step on my Pursuit but didn't like one aspect of how it worked from the factory. There's a switch inside the entryway to turn the step on & off. When on, the step extends whenever the door is opened and retracts when it's closed - that's cool, but would soon get annoying when parked at the campground. The other option is to turn the step off, in which case it extends and stays extended - just what you want when camped. But - there's a light under the step that's only on when the step is turned on and extended. So no light if you turn off the step and leave it out. We can fix that. I also wanted to add lighting inside to illuminate the step well at night or when you're likely to return to the camper after dark. Decided to kill two birds with one stone.
As-built the MH had two switches inside the entry way - one for the step and one for the light in the little "mud room" to the left of the step well. I added a third switch for my new light, and tied this to the existing light on the power step as well, so now turning on the step lights illuminates them both inside and out regardless of the position of the power step switch. The biggest problem was routing wiring down through the floor to get to the light below deck, so while I was at it I also ran a second wire for future storage compartment lighting... this is run off the switch for the mud room light, which now serves as a "master" basement light switch. Here is the result.
The inside light isn't in a "perfect" location but was the best place I could find to mount it and it does a "perfectly" adequate job of lighting the steps in the dark. BTW - you'll notice the hole for the existing double switch looks like it was chewed by a rabid beaver... the nice square extensions on each end were what I cut to add a third switch!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving... we're hosting the family horde as usual and will be frying a 16 pound turkey that my son raised. Should be a wonderful day.