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Old 09-14-2015, 07:54 PM   #41
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self inflicted wound ?

Tired of fooling around with light . I had sent message to Escape no response . Also concerning the big gap around our door (sent pics ) was supposed to hear about that today . Went and bought a new light about 9.00 . I got it without switch at bottom , I have a switch inside my door . Lot of fun removing light . It is held by 4 screws and there is a indentation to put a sealant in on back of light but it was glued to trailer . That was not necessary . Wired light up , put RTV silicone in grove at back , also on top of lens, down sides . put my lens back on with 2 small holes on bottom . Light works . Pat PS thank you Ron !
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:58 PM   #42
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all is wel that ends well... hopefully this one will last you.
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:02 PM   #43
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See where the number "2" is. My negative probe is touching the bracket. Have you tried putting your negative probe on the round part (that turns) and checking the voltage from the connector to that location?

I'm sure they make these light fixtures in great quantities and they're typical of what's put on RV's but, to me, they're not a very high quality. I'm used to marine fittings, with gaskets and covers that screw on and compress the gasket and keep the water out. Actually, when I pulled my cover off and took the bulb out it was so corroded that it would probably have stopped working soon.

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Found out there isn't anything better for these lights . If I have this problem again I will look for boat lights even if they are round . Pat
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:13 PM   #44
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I think its safe to say there was a defect in that light and you were safe buying a new one. When I did my 4 sides of the trailer lighting I removed the built-in switch. No chance that it'll get turned on accidentally or by someone else. With the interior switch just inside the door it really doesn't seem necessary to have the exterior switch.

I think RV equipment is what it is. I'm not sure if there's any manufacturer that uses marine quality equipment. But really, when you have to drill drain holes to let the water out

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Old 09-14-2015, 08:34 PM   #45
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I think its safe to say there was a defect in that light and you were safe buying a new one. When I did my 4 sides of the trailer lighting I removed the built-in switch. No chance that it'll get turned on accidentally or by someone else. With the interior switch just inside the door it really doesn't seem necessary to have the exterior switch.

I think RV equipment is what it is. I'm not sure if there's any manufacturer that uses marine quality equipment. But really, when you have to drill drain holes to let the water out

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Ron I put the original cover back on . I had drilled 2 very little holes at bottom of lens about 1/16 . I made a gasket with the RTV silicone for lens in lens grove just going on top and down sides , not at bottom so if water gets in there it can escape . Will see . Still have driver side light to worry about and it has the bottom switch which I don't need , having also a inside switch to operate . Just wanted to get this porch light working first . Driver light does not have drilled holes at bottom of lens so can see which works better . Pat
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:04 PM   #46
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Heck, I contemplated putting a bead of silicone around the whole lens I've cleaned up my terminals but if they corrode again any time soon that's what I'll do.

Just realized that the photo I posted did show the switch taken out of service and bypassed. Would've removed it but then I'd have had a hole to fill.

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Old 09-15-2015, 01:52 AM   #47
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Just got home and am glad to see your light is working. I went round and round about my exterior lights and their cheap construction during my build sheet. Called ETI and wanted lights without switches but that was a no go. Settled my self with switches in my door jamb and figured when stock lights give up, I'll go marine quality .... when those quit then submarine lights.


The only thing that kept me from going too frothy around the mouth was that I haven't noticed very many of you complaining about your ext. lights. Maybe everyone lives in a desert? I removed my front light (to illuminate the tongue area) from my build sheet cause living in the dark North I'm quite used to using headlamps at night. I like the Petzel brand ... they are so good, I'm quite certain they must be a Canadian company.


Anyway Pat, am so glad you have your light working.... and you know each time you have a "breakdown" you will be that much smarter and better equipped to fix whatever it is .... and so much easier.


Best of luck in your travels,


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( I think it has been really neat how everyone has tried to help ..... with that in mind .... I should be comfortably retired by now ..... can anyone help?)
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:49 AM   #48
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Just got home and am glad to see your light is working. I went round and round about my exterior lights and their cheap construction during my build sheet. Called ETI and wanted lights without switches but that was a no go. Settled my self with switches in my door jamb and figured when stock lights give up, I'll go marine quality .... when those quit then submarine lights.


The only thing that kept me from going too frothy around the mouth was that I haven't noticed very many of you complaining about your ext. lights. Maybe everyone lives in a desert? I removed my front light (to illuminate the tongue area) from my build sheet cause living in the dark North I'm quite used to using headlamps at night. I like the Petzel brand ... they are so good, I'm quite certain they must be a Canadian company.


Anyway Pat, am so glad you have your light working.... and you know each time you have a "breakdown" you will be that much smarter and better equipped to fix whateveit is .... and so much easier.


Best of luck in your travels,


Tom


( I think it has been really neat how everyone has tried to help ..... with that in mind .... I should be comfortably retired by now ..... can anyone help?)
Hi Tom ,thank you for the kind words . If you have to remove your lights hope they aren't glued on like mine were , hence the mangled light fixture picture . You can get the same light without the switch if you change them out . Yep I am getting more education . And I really do appreciate this Forum and the members , one of the best perks owning the Escape trailer is this Forum . Take care and safe travels . Pat
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:34 AM   #49
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Those dang exterior lights are about the cheapest/crappiest thing made. That's why you can buy them for less than $10... usually S&H included! Look around, even the gazillion dollar trailers use them somewhere on the exterior.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:45 AM   #50
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So Escape won't put something on like this?

LED Porch Light - Diamond 52526 - Light Fixtures - Camping World

I was going to call/email to ask, as I have had to replace the junky exterior light on my Casita due to moisture and corrosion ruining the electrical stuff inside. I figured "surely, this would be just as easy for them?" Maybe not...
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