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Old 06-27-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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Added Water Pump Switch

After reading Lukeaa's post about the water pump switch it got me thinking. Our coach was suppose to have a switch in the kitchen per the brochure, but didn't. It would be nice to have. I looked for extra wires, but found none. I asked on Lukeaa's post if anyone knew how to tap into the switches and Bob (nodine) posted a link to the Intellitec pump controller and showed me how easy it was to do.

I called Northwest RV Supply and they sent me the 4 hole bezel and switches that go in the water bay. See below.



I cut the switch down and reworked it into a two hole plate. See below.



The wiring was easy. It takes four wires to make the switch and light work. The switch needs to be a momentary switch (you push it and it pops right back). The colors for wiring are, switch = purple and white and the light = red and black. I used 16 gauge wire and needed 23'. You can use whatever color wires you want because the purple is more difficult to find (I used green).

Find the pump switch closest to where you would like to add another switch and is easiest to fish wire from one switch to the other. I used the switch in the water bay, fed the wires to the other side along the tanks and up through the wire harness under my refer. From there I was able to feed it behind the sink and up to the underside of the counter. Obviously, each coach will be different.

The actual wiring is easy. Just tap into the wires at the back of the water bay switch or which ever one you choose. Tap your new purple wire into the purple wire going to the switch. The same with the other three. That's it, just connect the new wires up to the switch and light, purple and white to switch and red and black to light. You're done. The switch plate and switches were $15.00 and the wire was $22.00.

Here is the reworked switch plate installed.



Ok.....One of the skills I'm still lacking is how to make the pictures show up without having to click on them. Mama, maybe you can fix this? (Done..Dip-D...maybe I need to call and walk you through it one day...I know you of all people can do this very easily! MM)
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:13 AM   #2
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don, sorry to change the subject but did your countertops come with that gloss or are you responsible? they look great! by the way the switch was a good idea. jim
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:17 AM   #3
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Very nice job and write up Don.

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Old 06-28-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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Is it just me ...or does anyone one else feel inadequate reading Don's posts? I can never let Nita see your posts Don cuz she will know what neat things that can be added to the coach. Good job on the switch, luckily mine already had that switch in the kitchen.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:06 PM   #5
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Great idea, Don. Thanks for writing it up.

Hmm, I need a switch in the bathroom like Luke was talking about in the original thread. I wasn't too excited about moving the one from the kitchen to the bathroom. But on the SFT the control panel is located on the other side of the bathroom wall. Now adding a new switch on the wall behind the panel sounds like a piece of cake.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:20 PM   #6
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beaverjim.......Ours came glossy and dulled a little over time. I tried a bunch of the countertop cleaners and polish and they never looked right. Finally, I just used NuFinish like I do on the exterior. They glossed up a little, but they felt really clean and smooth. I know it works because we have several items we leave on the buffet, between the table and window, while we drive and now they slide off all the time.
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DON IS THE MAN!!

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I called Northwest RV Supply and they sent me the 4 hole bezel and switches that go in the water bay
Don do you have a part number?
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Don do you have a part number?
Nonno...Our bezels are different colors than Don's so they would not work for us...you will find other bezels at this link of NorthWest RV Supply if you need a different color or style...but I think you will find what Diplomat Don bought here.
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ohhhhh Geeeeeez -Diplomat Don already has a big head - and I see it swelling even more now!!

Don-You know I am kidding...besides I keep thinking you will come up here and repeat some of the projects you have already done on your coach so I can take photos of the work in process to share with your fans here!
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Somehow, we need to inspire Don to take on a drain system for the AC's. Seems like I'm always in the wrong place and end up with condensate dripping on my head. LOL
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Sixpack98......I have a solution for the drainage.....Just can't figure out how to make the holes in the interior roof look right
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Don is on my very short list of "RV modification Guru's". I am always inspired by Don's contributions and yes - it does make me feel inadequate at times. Especially about electrical issues.

Thanks Don Keep it up.
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