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Old 03-28-2015, 06:28 PM   #1
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Removing Ceiling Light Glass Covers

I have 2011 Itasca Ellipse and I'm having one helluva time trying to get the glass covers off so i can replace the bulbs. I have used a spatula to try and slide it in between the ceiling and the covers in hopes it would free it up. I have tapped it with a rubber mallet. No matter what I do, I can't break the cover loose. In talking with friends who have Phaetons, they are having the same problem. Has anyone found a solution to getting these off?
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Did you try to turn it counter-clockwise?
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Yep, that's the first thing. The darned things just won't budge!
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:38 PM   #4
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Try Walmart or your local supermarket for one of these.

Push the large end against the ceiling and squeeze. Turn counterclockwise.
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Try using one of those grippy pads that people use to open tight pickle jars. They should just turn 1/4 and fall in your hand. Use a little Vaseline when putting it back on.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:53 PM   #6
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Press upward while turning counter clockwise
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Same here, push up while turning counter clockwise. Installed 28 LED light took about 45mi.
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I have 2011 Itasca Ellipse and I'm having one helluva time trying to get the glass covers off so i can replace the bulbs. I have used a spatula to try and slide it in between the ceiling and the covers in hopes it would free it up. I have tapped it with a rubber mallet. No matter what I do, I can't break the cover loose. In talking with friends who have Phaetons, they are having the same problem. Has anyone found a solution to getting these off?
Are you're talking about lights that look like this:


(Fyi: I have replaced the halogen bulbs with LEDs.) If so, the spatula or a butter knife are key to break the stiction between the ceiling material and the light rim all the way around. Once you done that a slight upward pressure and CCW rotation should release the cover.
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