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Old 03-21-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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whats this key switch for

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on my 1988 London aire 5er I have a key switch on the back of the rv above the bumper center of the back that has wires going to in on the inside(I pulled of the wall in side to see it) and are not going to anything other than a hot sorce. 1 of the 4 wires are hot 1 is ground, when you turn the key one way it makes another wire hot and when you turn the key the other way it makes the last wire a ground, the switch is momentary so it goes back to center on its own when you let off. what was this for, the wires were just rolled up and taped up inside the wall.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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That don't seem like it came from the factory like that, if you got this unit from a seller maybe they had a gennie on the back and had the key switch wired in to crank it and then remove the key to prevent someone from starting it just a idea is there some sort of mounting or added on platform
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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well the rv came with a gen on it up front below the bedroom, the wireing seems to be original judging by the connections and wire used matches everything else throughout the entire rv(I am remodeling it so the is currently no interior in the rv) I seen another rv on line one year newer on the web with the same switch but also another rv without it. so I have no clue, I may have went to some kind of something inside because not far from the switch on a interior wall the was a piece of wood blocking a hole in the paneling were something used to be. the wires were taped up behind it...
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Sounds like it is wired to reverse polarity for a motor that may be used for rear jacks, turn switch one way for up and the other way down. Don't know why they would use a key switch thou.
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Thats a good idea too maybe to make the jacks secure. Well it's a good switch to use it for something
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to my luck I have all the owners manuals that came with the rv, even the order sheet and purchased option sheet from when the first owner bought it new... to my unfortunate luck there are no information on this switch at all. the rv did not come with electric rear jacks only manual stable jacks and electric fifth wheel jacks, the fact that the wires stop at the rear near the switch makes me believe that they were for something back there but what?
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The fact that the switch returns to the center position on it's own and its switching polarity from right to left (up/down) makes me believe it existed for some sort of power levelers/stabilizer for the rear - perhaps as an add-on option that yours never obtained but the factory wired for, or for a system that a previous owner may have installed that eventually quit working and someone else put manual ones back on.

I'm with brewurown on this.
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I agree too
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Welcome to irv2 James.
Looking at this Brochure there sure are allot of options in it also down the bottom of it there are pictures and Newmar in older models use to hide tires in the bumper that pulled out.
Does your bumper slide out with tire and storage space when you operate switch, maybe a latch release, LA's had all kinds of features.
We have a Newmar 5th wheel group, in the Newmar forum, that maybe a sleep, that may have a answer for you if I didn't answer question.

Here is the oldest Owners Guide that we have a 1999 for LA and if you read to the end will find they had a option, as someone mentioned, for electric stabilizer jacks which your 5th may have been wired for.
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Does your bumper slide out with tire and storage space when you operate switch, maybe a latch release, LA's had all kinds of features.

yes my bumper does slide out, it has its own key latch for it, the ideal about the option that was not used but wired for makes good sence.. in the manual I have there was an electric stable jack option so that may be what it was for
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A quick call to Newmar would help you there. They would know if it was Company installed or not. They are very helpful over the phone.

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