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Old 04-05-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Melting light switches

The overhead light switches in my 2012 2604 Rockwood are melting ( It is the little rocker switches in the middle of each overhead light) Two so far, others are hot and wires look burned. I am in the process of replacing lights with LEDs which is very expensive. Is anyone else having this problem?

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Old 04-05-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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I just replaced all of my light in my camper with LED's. Thought it was cheap to replace. Only paid about 50 dollars on Ebay. Yes they came from China and it took 3 weeks to get them but they work great. I have the 1156 BA15S style light.
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New DC 12V 1156 BA15S*SMD 18 5050 LED White Light Bulb Car Brake Stop Turn Tail | eBay
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I like the wrm white better. Needed the 45 led's for my kitchen fixture but used the 15's for the rest.
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We've starting our 3rd summer with our 2012, 2604 and haven't had any elect issues with the light switches. Are you using a surge protector on your elect sys that will disconnect if the voltage goes over a certain point? If not at one time or another you might have experienced and overvoltage condition that has damaged the wiring.
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We've starting our 3rd summer with our 2012, 2604 and haven't had any elect issues with the light switches. Are you using a surge protector on your elect sys that will disconnect if the voltage goes over a certain point? If not at one time or another you might have experienced and overvoltage condition that has damaged the wiring.
They are 12 v and the surge protector from my understanding only protects 110v devices. Could be the bulbs are not the right size causing the problem or a bad ground at the fixture.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:45 AM   #6
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Yep, just experienced the same problem. We have a 2012 2109s Mini Lite and are currently on a southern road trip (Florida). The other day the little rocker switch on the light over the kitchen, stopped working in that it wouldn't turn off. Took it apart to find that the switch itself had melted and that the contacts to the light bulbs themselves were burnt. Somewhat alarming! Luckily enough, a the Camper's World in Destin FL had a replacement LED light which installed easily enough. Cost was about $65.00. Not cheap, but hopefully it will be safer. I'm now concerned with the remaining 4 lights. Forest River should be aware of this and the potential safety risk that these lights pose. After our road trip I'll be going to my dealer to see if this is a warranty item. Expect the answer will be that they have never seen the problem(!)
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The overhead light switches in my 2012 2604 Rockwood are melting ( It is the little rocker switches in the middle of each overhead light) Two so far, others are hot and wires look burned. I am in the process of replacing lights with LEDs which is very expensive. Is anyone else having this problem?

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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.
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Guaranteed that the switches are made in China, so may have been from a bad supplier.
If you are not out of warranty, make the dealer replace them. Or a call into FR would probably get you replacements at no charge.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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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.
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Melting light switches

Thanks for the input guys. I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong with my coach other than very cheap and crummy lights which I will replace with LED fixtures.

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