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Old 04-07-2013, 07:53 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by ksjerram View Post
We have experienced a problem with one of the reading lights over the sofa in our 2013 Rockwood Mini-Lite 2109S. It burned out the original bulb. We replaced the bulb & it too burned out in a very short time. Replaced it again & it won't light at all. Tried it with bulb from other light to confirm that it was a good bulb, but still no light. These silver fixtures get extremely hot. We never leave one on for very long.
Had a similar problem with one of the reading lights over the bed on our 2012 Rockwood 2604. Found out it was the ground wire where it attaches to the fixture itself. Dealer replaced the fixture under warranty.

Might check out that connection on yours.

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:58 AM   #12
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WE changed our kitchen O/H light to a Residential light converted to (12V). Youroo!!
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:24 AM   #13
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Reading lights

Our 2013, Rockwood 2109S, also,has a problem with them! One keeps burning up bulbs. Until now, I thought it was a fluke. For the time being, we're going to replace the light fixture under warranty. I found the switch in the exterior light near the hitch to be corroded! Another warranty issue.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:30 AM   #14
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You have a very high resistance somewhere or a dead short, this could cause a fire, make sure you find the cause.
Cheap sh&@ fixtures more like. Sound like the fixture itself has inadequate wiring. Take it back and make FR replace it.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:54 AM   #15
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Just received a message from our dealer, who received a reply from Rockwood re: the melting switches. Rockwood will reimburse for failed switches, provided the trailer is still under warranty (thankfully, ours is), with a picture of the failed switch as well as a receipt for the new one. They also stated that there is no factory recall of the switches in question. That's the latest.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:04 AM   #16
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They also stated that there is no factory recall of the switches in question. That's the latest.
No more than one would expect from todays companies, they are seldom pro-active only reactive, they will recall after five or so fires caused by CHEAP switches or, someone is injured or worse, todays company ethics or lack there of.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:15 PM   #17
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I think we have too much current through cheap Chinese switches. We had quite a bit of family staying with us last week, so the CC became a spare bedroom. My daughter came to me one day and said the light switch was getting hot, so I naturally investigated. The one that was getting hot is the one that supplies power to the 6 double lamp fixtures in the kitchen/living room area. Sure enough, it was hot. I removed the panel and found that two crimp connectors had heat damage.

I tried to measure the current draw. My meter is rated for up to 10 amps. I saw 14 point something amps before the meter said OVERLOAD and I quickly disconnected. I checked the specs on the 921 light bulb and found that they draw 1.4 amps each times 2 per fixture and times 6 fixtures equals 18.2 amps at 13 volts. That's a lot of current! flowing through one switch. So I thought to myself, a relay should help that issue. I'll just wire in an automotive heavy duty relay.

So, I wired in a 20/30 amp relay that I had sitting in my parts bin. After I had it wired, I checked the temperatures of the switch, connections and relay using a laser gun. The ambient temperature was right at 80 degrees F. After 15 minutes, the relay was reading about 94 degrees. My new crimp connections were reading about 89 degrees. I shot the ceiling fixtures and they were about 145 degrees! I think I need to convert to LED lamps. The air conditioning would appreciate LED's! I can't believe Forest River wired all that much current through one switch! Check out yours, folks. Lay your index finger and your middle finger on either side of the switch and see if it is getting hot. I don't believe this is safe.

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #18
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Just to let you all know that we are now on day 41 of our road trip and today another light switch failed. Similiar situation, however, the light today, over the sofa, just cut out, and the switch itself is non-operable. The good new is, that we are now about 700 miles from home (2 days) and we won't have to live with this much longer.
Forest River really needs to address this problem before someones TT burns to the ground!

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