Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-22-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 379
cover for slide /switches

The two slide switches on my Wildwood LE 29BHBS are clustered together with light switches. They are located on the wall at the entrance door above the sink to the immediate left of the door entrance and could easily be switched on or off by mistake when trying to hit the light switches. Also the switch to my water heater is low where a child can push it, not good for the water heater if it isnt full. Also the electrical panel is on the floor where a child could access it, although there doesnt seem to be open witring it could be a bit of a problem and not something i want a child to mess with.

Has anyone bought or made a cover to protect the slides from being moved accidentally by people turning the lights on or off and accedentally hitting the slide switch that is within a few inches of them . I dont think you are suppose to have weight on the slide when is is moving or in its in position. I would also like to cover my water heater on/off/reset switch, and put a lock of some sort on the front cover to my electrical panel.

Any ideas are welcome. I am looking for something simple to modify and mount over these to make them a bit less accessible, maybe a flip plastic cover.

got any ideas or things your have done to address this problem . Or has this been a problem for any of you ?

thanks
__________________

__________________
wildwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2008, 10:16 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
welshman599's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Quispamsis NB Canada
Posts: 1,026
Send a message via MSN to welshman599
Same problem here.... if the light switches weren't there too I'd install a panel like this:
Click image for larger version

Name:	08trailershow-7.jpg
Views:	348
Size:	53.4 KB
ID:	757

Click image for larger version

Name:	08trailershow-8.jpg
Views:	338
Size:	53.7 KB
ID:	758

However, what I did was very simple. There is kid's candy called gummy pizza, about an inch in diameter and tastes like silicone rubber, but comes in a rather nice clear plastic container - formed to hold the candy and about a 1/2 inch deep. I trimmed it to form a cover that I simply tape over the slide switch with Scotch invisible tape. You can't even notice it but its rigid enough that you have to lift it to operate the switch. At least that saves you from hitting the wrong switch in the dark. I imagine the same thing could be used for the w/h switch.

Depending on child age though, I'd go over all the unsafe areas of the trailer with the child. I'd also adjust the tension of the catch that holds the panel door closed to make it more difficult for a very young child to open it. A lock or other devise to secure it might hinder getting into the panel quickly if you need to.
__________________

__________________
  • Salem 401-2b; 31" Sony Trinitron and two channels on the antenna.
  • Smokin' hot wife... 2 boys, 25 and 10.

83 sweet sweet days camped in 2008 - not easy in my neck of the woods!
welshman599 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 06:09 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 379
thanks, nice cover, is that your electrical panelboard for your RV. I will look around for something for my switches

i appreciate the input

phil
__________________
wildwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2008, 08:57 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,260
As far as your switchs go, you can use a clear lock box. The box I am talking about is what is used for thermostats, you will notice them in stores. Very easy to install, and they come in different sizes. As far as your electrical box, you can use a steel flat bar that is secured on one side and has a locking device on the other side. The bar is off set on both ends so it can go over the door and attach to the wall. I don't know where you are located, but if you have a Lowes or Home improvement store, go to the Electrical dept you may see it there if not ask someone for ELECTRICAL SAFETY DEVICES.
__________________
rockwood06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2008, 06:16 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 104
Slideout Switch

I bought a clear outdoor electrical box; the box fit over the switch and it has a door that swings open. You can also put a lock on it where the box closes.
__________________
Crossfire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2008, 10:07 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
welshman599's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Quispamsis NB Canada
Posts: 1,026
Send a message via MSN to welshman599
Quote:
Originally Posted by wildwood View Post
thanks, nice cover, is that your electrical panelboard for your RV. I will look around for something for my switches

i appreciate the input

phil
Naw, just a panel I admired at the trailer show. Thought it was a cool idea. Originally I had a plan to replace the slide switches with cool pop-up-cover-switches like fire switches in a fighter jet. Surprisingly, wife was not all that impressed with the idea though.
__________________
  • Salem 401-2b; 31" Sony Trinitron and two channels on the antenna.
  • Smokin' hot wife... 2 boys, 25 and 10.

83 sweet sweet days camped in 2008 - not easy in my neck of the woods!
welshman599 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2008, 10:05 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 379
Thanks everyone. I will pickup a couple boxes. It is great to bounce ideas off of such friendly people. Well, we plan to go to the beach saturday and try our our new camper. we are having it delivered and stored there since we dont have a TV big enough. Hope we have a good first trip, it is a wildwood LE 29BHBS, we loaded up last weekend and are ready to go.

Happy camping all
__________________
wildwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 09:18 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
powerboatr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: homebase Quitman Texas at Lake Fork
Posts: 1,388
i know ours is big, but it does keep everything out of touch
the outside is a cork board for messages and a neat little holder to catch JUNK
plus i added a few hooks for keys
a note about the slide switch, ours has two that have to be ON to mve teh slides
one kills power to teh actual switch you have to hold down to get em to move
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Picture 015.jpg
Views:	266
Size:	27.0 KB
ID:	765   Click image for larger version

Name:	RV 38.JPG
Views:	260
Size:	32.3 KB
ID:	766  
__________________
powerboatr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 09:31 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
welshman599's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Quispamsis NB Canada
Posts: 1,026
Send a message via MSN to welshman599
Quote:
Originally Posted by powerboatr View Post
a note about the slide switch, ours has two that have to be ON to mve teh slides
one kills power to teh actual switch you have to hold down to get em to move
That's a good set-up, did it come that way? The bulletin board idea is smart too.
__________________

__________________
  • Salem 401-2b; 31" Sony Trinitron and two channels on the antenna.
  • Smokin' hot wife... 2 boys, 25 and 10.

83 sweet sweet days camped in 2008 - not easy in my neck of the woods!
welshman599 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:17 AM.