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Old 09-21-2016, 09:35 AM   #11
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We just had our front light on for going back and forth to the tow vehicle with ball mount left on. We had the back light off where we had a campfire where one of us spent more time. Glad we have separate switches.
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:16 AM   #12
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Good news is that Escape is willing to fit 5 light switches for me

Thanks to all who encouraged me to have each exterior light on its own switch.

Plus the interior ceiling light.

Glad it can be done.
Just my opinion but I would not want 5 light switches. I would be concerned about how that would look and you would have to remember what switch controls what. One for PS porch light and one for any others would work fine. All of ours are on one switch and I control them at each light if needed. If I need to turn the outside lights on its just one switch to turn on.
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:20 AM   #13
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Just my opinion but I would not want 5 light switches. I would be concerned about how that would look and you have to remember what switch controls what. One for PS porch light and one for any others would work fine. All of ours are on one switch and I control them at each light if needed.
I agree. My three outside lights are on one switch and my interior "hall" light is on a second switch. Works great to satisfy my needs.
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:29 AM   #14
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Well Dave.. and Tom & Cheryl isn't it just great that Escape is willing to give us all these options.

I feel very fortunate that Escape is so helpful and so willing to customize so many facets of our travel trailers.

I dont know of any other manufacturer that comes even close.

Plus I have a P-Touch and I will do very neat looking small labels just below each switch to remind us what is what. Problem solved.



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Old 09-21-2016, 10:42 AM   #15
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Well Dave.. and Tom & Cheryl isn't it just great that Escape is willing to give us all these options.

I feel very fortunate that Escape is so helpful and so willing to customize so many facets of our travel trailers.

I dont know of any other manufacturer that comes even close.

Plus I have a P-Touch and I will do very neat looking small labels just below each switch to remind us what is what. Problem solved.

As the British sometimes say.... horses for courses.

Don't blame Cheryl. She is the nice quiet one. Its just Tom.

Guess I should change my signature so she don't get blamed for my rudeness and opinions which I have many.

And yes ETI does let us get carried away sometimes.
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:55 AM   #16
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And yes ETI does let us get carried away sometimes.
yeah.... having each bright light (that points in a completely different direction) each on it's own light switch...... oh now that is crazy.

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Old 09-21-2016, 11:31 AM   #17
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Well Dave.. and Tom & Cheryl isn't it just great that Escape is willing to give us all these options.

I feel very fortunate that Escape is so helpful and so willing to customize so many facets of our travel trailers.

I dont know of any other manufacturer that comes even close.

Plus I have a P-Touch and I will do very neat looking small labels just below each switch to remind us what is what. Problem solved.



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Exactly what we did for our 3 switches . No confusion at all . Pat
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Old 09-21-2016, 11:38 AM   #18
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On my next Escape, I would consider eliminating those extra lights and just keep a flashlight in the trailer for situations where I may need it.
In 6+ years I never once used the light installed on the driver side, and will eliminate that on my 5.0 too. I had one on the front that saw very minimal use, but I did not have the storage box. I do want one under the loft though, but I think that might be standard? I would likely not want it switched inside, as I would need to be outside to use it anyway.

I plan to make any light switch at the door a 3-way switch, for the porch light and the ceiling light. I will likely have to do the retrofit switches to make it work, but that would not be too tough. I would get Escape to add the third wire needed. I know Jon V did this, and has a how-to on his site.
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Just my opinion but I would not want 5 light switches. I would be concerned about how that would look and you would have to remember what switch controls what. One for PS porch light and one for any others would work fine. All of ours are on one switch and I control them at each light if needed. If I need to turn the outside lights on its just one switch to turn on.
I agree. That would be one heck of a cluster of lights.

If I was to have three exterior lights added, and wanted them switched from inside, I would simplify it to be just one switch for all three. There would not be any drawback to having them all on for the brief time you would need them, as the LED lights would not draw much power. The only drawback would be that you could not do use 3-way switching.
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If someone is out boondocking and starts lighting up that many external lights there is going to be UFO siting reports phoned in to the local news stations.
Eyes see incredibly well in the dark until the retina's get blown out with artificial lights. Military won't allow this type of light on night maneuvers, they'll get ya 86'd.
I've hardly ever used these lights, don't think the driver side one has ever been used, but everyone has their own approach and ETI will usually accommodate.
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All of ours are on one switch and I control them at each light if needed. If I need to turn the outside lights on its just one switch to turn on.
So how does this work?
  1. Do you leave the local switches at each light on all the time, and turn off at the interior switch? That would mean that any time you turn on the interior switch, all of the lights come on to annoy others around you, until you run around and turn off the extras. That doesn't make sense to me.
  2. Do you leave the local switches at each light off all the time, and turn on at the interior switch to enable them when needed? That would mean going to whatever area where you want light in the dark, until you turn the light on. That's a bit like having only lamps in a room instead of a switch at the door turning a light on, and seems to me like a loss of functionality to avoid having a switch in the trailer - are the switches that hideous?

If the trailer comes with one common switch that's okay. Given the chance to have the lights individually switched, that certainly seems more functional to me.

It is not at all uncommon for houses and commercial buildings to have a row of identical switches together, typically near a doorway. If that causes confusion (typically because the controlled lights are not visible from the switch location), the obvious fix is labels... and RVs routinely have labels. There are seven switches just inside the door of my motorhome, all identical other than one of them being illuminated when on; four of them are lined up in one bezel. They run two sets of interior lights, the storage compartment lights, the outside "patio" light, the power step, the awning, and the battery disconnect relay. It's no problem to keep them straight in routine use, and all have neatly printed labels in case of any uncertainty.
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