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Old 03-19-2020, 04:34 PM   #1
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Switch on slide goes to ???

I have an older 1998 carri-lite 5th wheel. It has a switch on either end of my slide that controls the overhead and wall lights.

I just got a newer 2004 Forest River Cedar Creek 5or. It has a switch on the slide that seemingly controls nothing. The wall lights were not working, so I figured either the switch was bad or the lights were. The overhead slide lights worked whether the switch was on or off. While replacing the wall lights, I discovered the wall and overhead lights were all connected. The fixtures were indeed bad. Now all the lights work whether the switch is on or off.

So, I figured the switch was bad. I took the switch out to replace it and everything still works with no switch.

There isn't anything I can find that could be operated by this switch. I posted this on the Forest River forums, but no one had any insight. So I figured I would give it a try here.
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Old 03-20-2020, 09:39 AM   #2
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Could it control a plug outlet? Sometimes a wall plug is controlled by a wall switch.
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Old 03-20-2020, 12:38 PM   #3
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There are no outlets on the slide and non near the switch. There are no exterior lights on the slide or nearby.
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Old 03-20-2020, 01:37 PM   #4
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Did you check for power at the wires? Is it 12v or 120v?
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It is 12v
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Could you pull one 12v fuse at a time then check the wires for power to at least find out which circuit it is on?
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:10 PM   #7
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I'm not an electrician but what I'm thinking that if your lights are on all the time and the switch you just replaced is suppose to be the one that operates them, then it may be the wiring to the switch.

I believe it is the power lines that are connected to the switch toggle and the negative is connected with a marrett. It may just be swapping a wire to the switch.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:35 PM   #8
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re: switch on slide?

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I have an older 1998 carri-lite 5th wheel. It has a switch on either end of my slide that controls the overhead and wall lights.

I just got a newer 2004 Forest River Cedar Creek 5or. It has a switch on the slide that seemingly controls nothing. The wall lights were not working, so I figured either the switch was bad or the lights were. The overhead slide lights worked whether the switch was on or off. While replacing the wall lights, I discovered the wall and overhead lights were all connected. The fixtures were indeed bad. Now all the lights work whether the switch is on or off.

So, I figured the switch was bad. I took the switch out to replace it and everything still works with no switch.

There isn't anything I can find that could be operated by this switch. I posted this on the Forest River forums, but no one had any insight. So I figured I would give it a try here.
(Possibly) some 12vdc wire at the floor/ baseboard area of the slide for (owner furnished?)/ (PO removed) "accessory", e.g. electric recliner? Is the switch simple two (colored) wires and does that color match the ceiling lights or sconce lights, or different color? Most slide wires are accessible from outside/ underneath in the plastic corrugated split sleeves, so you can also check their color there?
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