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Offline Gary '79 5C

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Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« on: November 13, 2007, 08:04:42 AM »
Looking for a source for panel switches, rocker switches, or maybe circuit breakers. Rather not go with toggles as this will be located within a panel above the drivers position for all to see. I have a Newmar 120 dist. breaker panel & a 12 volt breaker panel and would like to go with the rockers.
Newmar's product is a little pricey. Or maybe I am more than a little cheap. Really broke with the price of fuel.

Ideas, suggestions, sucess stories all welcomed.

Thanks,

Gary Pasternak
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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007, 08:29:58 AM »
I have found several of them on the eplace under switch panels.

HTH,

Paul

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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2007, 09:19:48 AM »
Gary, You may also want to try WWW.Delcity.net   Tom Y
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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2007, 10:48:20 AM »
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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2007, 12:07:13 PM »
Gary, as long as your budget isn't too tight, these guys have every panel imaginable. And if you want something else, they will build it for you.
http://www.paneltronics.com/ip.asp?op=Prods_Panels

Hope that helps.

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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2007, 12:17:56 PM »
I should have been more specific, but that is my problem, However as I was to revise my request for panel mounted ( not loose switches) my friend TomCat is Johnny on the spot with the solution.

I could fabricate a panel with the rocker cutouts but It would look like I did it. I know toggles are drilled, but I have a slight problem with the look. Petty I know, but I do like the product provided by the paneltronic source.

I am going to be more selective in the 12 Volt feeds to items which were ganged together by the PO. I also prefer to be able to control the electric feeds, if a problem while driving, with the controls just above my head, within arms reach.

Thanks Guys, All very helpful,

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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2007, 01:44:14 PM »
Gary,

Check out some marine closeout places.

I found a panel from a large open fisherman that has the 20 panel switches with a push in breaker above each one.

My plan is to put it over my up front overhead for easy reach and to isolate all circuits to avoid one problem shutting down numerous items.

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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2007, 05:53:27 PM »
Gary if you have not arrived in FL yet on your way down there is an electronics surplus place  Skycraft, in Orlando that might have something you need.
 If you are already here there is a marine surplus place on Palm Beach Blvd. in Ft Myers, that may have something yo can use.
 Then in the spring there is a large marine flea mkt in Dana, where lots of gooddies can be found .
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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2007, 01:20:33 AM »
FlaCliff,
You have the same idea as I am looking for in being able to isolate circuits from the drivers position. Not that I have many problems but there are benifits to this as I dislike to pull off just to switch something. I also hate to leave the sat ant. on while not in use, but that is circuited with other things.

Jjrbus,
I have not left yet, but will be in you area week of 8, Dec. Would like to stop over or you the same, or just stop out for a bite to eat. Your choice. My cell is 609 703 - 8989. I will check out your suggestions as well.

thanks to all,,,

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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2007, 12:58:48 PM »
Like most rocker switches, the Carling Contura line from Waytek are hard to install because of the accurate sizing required for the cut-out.  However if you use the accessory mounting panels for an additional $1 per switch it becomes very easy because hole size is very forgiving.

I cut a single hole with jig saw about 9" X 1.9" and installed a row of 9 switches. It's unlikely you would want a switch configuration not carried by Waytek but if you do, expect to pay 2 to 3 times more elsewhere.

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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2007, 01:27:16 PM »
Also, if you are on a tight $budget$ and do not mind using recycled stuff, try your local and friendly heavy truck wrecking/recycling yard.  Lots of times they will let you (for a small insurance $fee$) cruise their yard for wrecked/rolled truck tractors.  Bring along your own tool bucket and lots of times they will let you select and remove truck tractor cab stuff, including your needed switches.

This is how I have been gathering all sorts of truck parts that will also work on/in a coach conversion.  Expect to spend about 10 to 25 cents or sooss on the dollar for new.  Got a full bucket of gages, sendors and switches for my conversion, only I later traded them off for some new mirrors.  Oh well.  Anyway, doing it this way is fun and you can get good stuff for very little $money$  Good luck.  :) :)

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Re: Looking for a Source of Panel Switches
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2007, 05:41:39 PM »
FWIW...

I purchased 14 Contura Switches from WayTek three or four years ago...lighted switches.  Since the
purchase, one switch does not work at all...and hasn't from the beginning...and 7 have no light.  And apparently there is no way to change the "bulb".  Called Waytek and the said " sorry....they are not the manufacturer".  Pretty expensive at over 7.00, per plus shipping.  Their new catalog shows even higher.

While I like them....doubt I would buy again. and intend to change out B4 long.

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