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Old 03-28-2006, 02:27 AM   #1
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Slide switch safety

In my 3295RK the slide switch is located next to the other light witches on the panel. With my 3 kids this is a safety problem waiting to happen. Is there a keyed switch that I could replace the rocker switch with to prevent any problems? what other suggestions are out there?
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:44 AM   #2
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I'll be watching this thread with interest. I agree this is a terrible arrangement. It is particularly bad when you are entering a dark RV fumbling for a light switch. What were they thinking when they set it up this way? I think the answer is a disconnect switch located nearby, but I haven't yet figured out where or how to do it.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:50 AM   #3
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How about a hinged cover for the slide switch? I have seen such a thing for outside electrical devices. I will see if I can find a picture and post it.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:52 AM   #4
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Putting in a safety switch that overrides the wall switch was the first improvement I made on my Montana and I can not believe this is not done by the factory.
I have a post on this down in the improvement forum with two picture links that show how simple it is to do this improvement to your Montana.

A slide switch that can be activated at any time is not only dangerous to your Montana and could also hurt someone very seriously.

I posted a pic below.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:57 AM   #5
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Here is a picture. You need a double pole toggle switch as you must open the circuit in both the slide out and slide in conducters.


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Old 03-28-2006, 03:10 AM   #6
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Yazoo, I know this is a bit on the industrial side but you get my idea.







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Old 03-28-2006, 03:58 AM   #7
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When we had our 3295RK we did what Garin suggested. Went to Lowe's and found a clear plastic snap close cover with the square hole which fit perfectly. Was just a matter of changing a few of the screw holes. Would post a photo but have traded units.
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Old 03-28-2006, 04:43 AM   #8
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Way back when--and I know they still do it today, in the Air Force. In the aircraft cockpits there are hinged safety covers over toggle switches just for that reason. The small covers are spring loaded so they have to be lifted just to get at the switch. Possibly this is an answer to your question.
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:51 AM   #9
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How about a dead man switch, simular to a tred mill once the reed is removed it wont work the switch, and with all the wires on the wall putting in the switch will be easy. I dont have to worry now but I might be doing it in the future with my new GD.
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Old 03-28-2006, 08:18 AM   #10
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That granddaughter will change your life in more ways than one, TT2. Congratulations!
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:03 PM   #11
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Don, that is a great idea! Another thing that can be done is simply unplug the yellow and green wires from the spades they are connected to. The only thing is, remember which color goes to which spade. If you plug them back up backwards, the rooms will come in when you push the extend and go out when you push the retract.

That's what I do.
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:20 PM   #12
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I like the idea of have a seperate kill switch elsewhere. Kids aren't the only danger of accidentally hitting that switch...
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Old 03-28-2006, 04:10 PM   #13
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Don, that is a great idea! Another thing that can be done is simply unplug the yellow and green wires from the spades they are connected to. The only thing is, remember which color goes to which spade. If you plug them back up backwards, the rooms will come in when you push the extend and go out when you push the retract.

That's what I do.
MIMF2, Unplugging the spades over and over again will loosen them and cause a poor connection. They are a connector not a switch.
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:29 AM   #14
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This is a copy of a posting of mine dated Dec 2003 Hope it can help someone.
"I now have my slideout switch covered! At Home Depot electrical department I purchased a cover: Red-Dot RCCV S3026
Single cover, vertical mount,silver & metal.
1. Remove 2 existing screws.
2. Cut away old switch cover (this will elimate having to disconnect and reconnect all those wires)
3.Leave the existing backing that says ON/OFF.
4. Make a minor adjustment for bottom screw

In our opinion this cover looks better than the orginal one.
Hope this helps someone else mount their cover with ease"
12/03
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:44 AM   #15
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What our son did to his was put a cover over the slide out switch like the kind you find in offices over the thermostate so people can't keep changing the temperture. Seems to work out well for him.. Jack
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