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Old 05-20-2013, 07:03 AM   #1
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Outside light doesn't work 1998 Dutch Star

There is a large round light high on the passenger mid-side of the coach. What is it called and where is the switch for it? No power to it at the moment, but then I don't know where the switch is. So it could be that simple.

There is a switch on the dash called 'Flood Spot.' When turned to 'Spot' it turns on two fans on top of the dash. I have no clue what the 'Flood' side of the switch does aside from turning off the two fans.

As usual, the owner's manual has proved to be next to useless in these matters. I am missing the video that originally came with the owner's manual. Any chance of finding that on a CD somewhere?


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Old 05-20-2013, 08:00 AM   #2
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Mine is labeled security light.

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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Hi prcarol,
My switches are labeled:
Security Curbside
Security Roadside
They are located above the passenger side windshield. They are part of the panel that has the Water/Waste tank level indicators. If you locate the switches and the light remains off, the bulb may be burned out. Take the lens off. The bulb is a standard 12 VDC automotive bulb.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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security lights

My passenger security light switch is situated just under the kitchen cabinet on the right side and is a white switch, named SECURITY.

The driver side light's switch is in the multi-purpose cabinet up front, overhead and labeled security road side.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:17 AM   #5
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The round lights on the side of your motor home are controlled by the switches labeled "security light" in the cabinet above the passenger visor (where you check your water levels). The switch on the right controls the passenger side light, the switch on the left controls the driver's side light. The bulbs are easy to replace. The gaskets, however, tend to shrink and let water in which will blow the bulb and rot out the wiring. Here's a video about how to cut new gaskets.

As to the switches on your dash, you're reading the labels wrong. Look carefully at whether the labels are above or below the switch and you'll see where you went wrong. I do it all the time. The flood/spot switch controls the light on the roof of the motorhome. You flip it to 'spot' for a tight beam or 'flood' for a wide beam. Then you move the light around with the joystick located to the left of the switch. The switch that controls the overhead fan on low or high is labeled 'overhead defrost' or something and has a low or high setting depending on which way you flip the switch.

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I have three switch's one in display area for two lights passenger side, one by light switch's for two others for LRS on that driver side and one on driver side BRS next to two speaker switches.
All lights are 12v in coach.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:25 PM   #7
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Found the switches in the overhead monitor panel. No joy, though. Will need to dig deeper. Will also need to find the time!

Thanks for your help.
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Bulbs are probably burned out and to replace them with the same (#1295, 40 cp) will not be cheap. I found them at NAPA for around $5 each. Found them online for about $1.35 each.

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