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way2roll

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Yosemite Sam1 wrote:

Yeah, I thought it's a joke too as every light has a switch.

Or, it's a motion detector light which seems to be always on -- but then again it would have to have switch somewhere.

Anyway, try the translucent light cover. If it clicks when you push it upwards, that could be the switch or some almost hidden switch around it.


Good point. A lot of RV lights have individual switches on the lights themselves. Most of the time they are still on a circuit with a main switch, but in a previous MH, our dinette lights had no wall switch - just the switch on the light itself. Even in our new FW, there are a few puck lights that have no switch, like the reading spots at the head of the bed.


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It sounds like they are turning off and on the "salesman switch"


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By the door, there should be a series of switches. Turn on and off, one at a time. This should shut off the interior "entry" lights. If not, you switch could be bad.

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Are there any light switches near the entry door? So that you could turn on an inside light when entering the coach.


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Ok first I will describe many (but not all) rv Light systems

There are ceiling lights. Down lights. "Local" lights and asile lights.

OFten the main lights have a switch on the light. may be on/off or 3 position.
"Local" lights (like over the dining table) will usually have on/off switches.
You have a main control panel somewhere (This has switches and indiators on it) that may have a LIGHTS switch
Just inside the door is a panel of switches. Usually you find the main Use/Store or battery switch here. there will also be a light switch. (or 2)

and there may be a switch on the dash. Sometimes there are two or three switches in a multi-switch system

And in some RV's it's an electronic module that controls the lights via relays and on/off push buttons or rockers (These will either be ON/OFF buttons or 3 position rocker switches spring return to center)

All depends on the RV.


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What will be explained second?

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RVs have light switches near entry door, with class A rigs there is normally a bank of them, they should be labeled but they could have worn off or faded. The switch that turns lights off as well as refrigerator is battery disconnect, leave that on and try each switch individually. Some are hard to identify as they are for steps, patio, and storage bay lights, hard to notice during the day or if you are not outside. One of these switches will be dedicated to your overhead lights, there should also be a secondary overhead light switch in bedroom area as well.

We have always had TTs, 5ers, and toyhaulers and the owners manuals provided by manufacturer were abysmally generic. Not sure if this is customary among builders of class A rigs, but the owner's manual provided by Monaco is around 350 pages, I have yet to read it all but it covered every interior switch in detail. I know it was quite a learning curve for us when we first got our class A, in due time we were able to figure everything out. Here's hoping you have as much fun as we are having, my DW was losing interest in the RV lifestyle, she is enjoying it now more than ever.

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Not sure, but these are tied into the door switch on my Buddy’s 17 Fleetwood Bounder. They come on when you open the door and dim down and turn off when you close it. There may be a setting or switch somewhere that bypasses that.


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All your manual says -
Both decorative and ‘utility’ style 12-volt lighting fixtures may be used in your motor home.
Utility style fixtures may be either single or
dual. A slide switch selects either single or dual
brightness. For your convenience, some lights
are operated from wall switches. Clean the lenses with soapy water


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I'd suggest asking a few neighbors in the RV park you are staying in. RVer's are friendly people and we were all new to this at one time.

Tell your neighbor you are new and ask if they could help you.


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