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Old 04-16-2011, 11:57 AM   #1
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Need a light or mod for bathroom for the kids

All of our lights are on the ceiling with the build in switch. Great for me as I"m 6 foot, but my wife is 5' and our kids are, well, kids and they can't reach them without climbing on things.

This came to light (pun intended) last night (our first night) when my son needed to use the toilet after we'd all gone to bed and couldn't reach the light switch on the ceiling.

I guess we're finding all those little reasons why our camper was $5,000 less than some others. Next time I'm at an RV show or dealer I'm going to be doing some research. It just seemed common sense to me that swtiched would be located where, well, swiiches can be reached.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:48 PM   #2
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A simple temporary solution (low cost) might be to pick-up a 3' wooden dowel. Get one that you can put a little rubber "foot" on, and it wont scratch or mar the light. Hold it in a storage location with a couple of spring clips.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:32 AM   #3
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I did a mod for a friend a few years ago where I installed a pull string switch in the light fixture. I removed the fixture, drilled the hole next to the existing switch, moved the wires to the pull switch, reinstalled fixture, job done. His wife is under 5 feet tall and the light in the bedroom was unusable. Problem solved, cost was about $3.00(US).
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:48 AM   #4
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Next time I'm at an RV show or dealer I'm going to be doing some research. It just seemed common sense to me that swtiched would be located where, well, swiiches can be reached.
As life goes, by then, the kids will be able to reach the switches and you'll struggle to reach them
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:52 AM   #5
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someone had a post abt a remote that was very inexpensive to turn the lights on and off.

the unfortunate thing is that u will always find things u should have looked for. when i bought mine, the dealer had had the 2nd air electrical run and the ladder installed. didn't know at the time but these things had to be ordered when it was built.
now i am trying to figure out how to put a rear view camera on it and run the wires so that they are hidden. guess there is always something that should have would have....
enjoy ur trailer; i see if i can find the post.

check this out: Remote control light switch.
(still haven't figured out how to copy the exact thread to another post).
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:41 PM   #6
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bathroom light mod

hi ya,
had exact same issue/disappointment. didnt look close enough before traded my other trailer. anyways, i modified the light in the bathroom using wire mold, project box, and a switch. drilled hole in side of light and wired new switch in series. by placing new project box switch on wall with high strength velcro, my kids can turn lights on/off.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:35 AM   #7
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I haven't done detailed research yet, but I saw a post on either RV.net or iRV2.com that identified "Thinkgeek.com" as a source for a radio-controlled remote. The switiching module is small enough to go inside the light fixture.

Only downsides are that it can only handle 60 watts, and I'm not sure yet if the remotes can be identified to work a specific switching unit. Have bought quite a bit of stuff from them and always been satisfied.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:46 AM   #8
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Just make sure that any switch or switch accessory you buy is 12 volt DC powered. Some people don't realize that all of the lights in the trailer are 12 volt operated....EVEN when plugged in to external 120 volt AC, from a campground or garage. The CONVERTER changes the power supplied to the camper to 12 volts DC for the lights, and a few other things, as well. Randy
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:00 PM   #9
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What about purchasing one of those puck LED lights? I know it's not a permanent fix, but we've used these in our popup camper during that short spurt between turning off the fixture and climbing into bed. My wife loves them because she doesn't have to climb out of bed to turn a light on to see why our dog is doing circles on its sleeping bed in the middle of the night.

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Old 04-18-2011, 01:36 PM   #10
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the molding looks interesting...i wonder how hard it would be to fish a wire down through the wall?

I've thought of the 'tap light' idea too.

Still thinking.
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