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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2011, 04:00:22 pm »

You're right.  I was expecting a noticeable click, but on mine it's more of a slight bump.  Had to turn it several times before I felt it.  It doesn't seem to have any purpose on my pc unless it turns the running board lights off.  As I mentioned before, my dome spot lights have to be turned on/off with the rocker switch on them.  They don't have a setting that allows them to be operated with the door or the dimmer knob.  Guess I don't really need that,anyway.

On my PC the dash dimmer switch works just like every car I have owned. You turn up the dimmer to brighten the dash lights and when you go pass the "bump" you are turning on the dome light unless you have turned the dome lights off via the dome light switch. If you get in your PC with the dimmer switch in the normal position, close the door and wait two minutes the running board, running lights and dome light will go off. If you have the dimmer switch pass the bump position, it will take the dome light and running board light about 7 minutes to turn off. The switch by the dome light keeps the dome from coming on when you open the door. We used to use this when we were teenagers at the drive-in movie theater. Yes I know I am dating myself. You can also turn on the dome light by turning on the dome light switch and rotating the dimmer switch pass the bump. You are right about the bump being very light and you do not need to push hard on it. I hope this helps clear up the use of the dimmer switch.
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2011, 10:04:43 pm »

Tom, what you describe is what I expected the lights to do, so after your post I turned the lights on and waited longer this time--and they went off just as you said.  I wasn't patient enough before thinking they should go off when the door was closed.  What I get for thinking...  And, yes, I too remember drive-in movies with fondness.  Thanks for your comments.
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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2011, 08:15:43 pm »

Tom:

Thanks for all of that. When I get some free time this weekend, I will do what you said. I must have the switch past the bump.... We too had a drive in.  It only closed about 10 years ago.  Now it is a Ford dealership......Progress? I am not sure.

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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2011, 08:01:52 am »

Nice talking to you the other night David. Did you guys have submarine race at your drive-ins also? Yahoo!
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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2011, 10:44:39 am »

For what its worth, the term "Submarine Races", was originated by Murray Kaufman and Cousin Brucie in reference to the 'necking spots' (the Alpine Lookout mostly) on the Palisades Interstate Parkway overlooking the New Jersey section of the Hudson River. There were two such "observation" places, Alpine and Englewood.

After a while the PIP Police became pretty diligent and cruised the lookouts fairly regularly, wrecking them for all of us who were growing up in the area at the time.

But, as with all things, time has taken the toll of the PIP Police and the lookouts are no longer as safe as they once were.
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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2011, 12:00:11 pm »

Just went outside and when I closed the door the light turned off?

I am sorry, I completely misread the post. My RUNNING BOARD lights do have a delay.     Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed 
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« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2011, 04:54:30 pm »

rmmpe - we were on the Jersey side of the river @ Eagle Rock & the area faced similar patrols & degredation.  I understand there is a high end French restaurant on the site now.  BTW:  in case my wife asks, I was there on a boy scout hike/campout!   LOL
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« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2011, 06:03:00 pm »

pyrthkr,

Of course you were. I, too, was at those very same Boy Scout Campouts.
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« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2011, 08:12:13 pm »

I quote my 12 year old son, " OMG you guys!"  I read your posts about submarine races to my son and he said,  " I want to go to that boy scout camp!"  by the way he is in boy scouts!!

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« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2011, 03:52:20 pm »

Now we have nice motor homes that we can park in beautiful places and watch those races anytime we want...
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« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2011, 09:15:18 pm »

So, I was able to get to the mh today and try your suggestions.  My dimmer switch was up past the bump.  I rolled it back to its stop on the bottom to check it out.  Now this leads me to two questions.  My running board lights stay on the entire time the engine is running.  Is this standard?

Question 2.  My running board lights stay on for four minutes after turning the engine off and closing the door with the dimmer switch all the way on the bottom. Is this normal.  Oh yes, I did time it.!

Based on your previous posts, I am beginning to think I have a faulty timer or switch.

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« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2011, 12:28:57 am »

David,

Did you close both doors when the engine was running?  My running board lights stays on when either door is open (engine running or not) and goes out after about 4 minutes when both doors are closed (engine running or not).  They may also go out after a longer time with the doors open as part of the battery protect cicuit.

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« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2011, 09:03:32 pm »

Bob:

They stay on with both doors closed and longer than 4 minutes//Argh!!!

David
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« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2011, 09:09:44 pm »

I've been watching this topic for a while and feel compelled to offer my thoughts, they being:
If I had this problem, I'd wire the lights in series with the door switch, like on older cars.
They would then be isolated from the timer and go out immediately upon shutting the door.
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« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2011, 09:03:17 pm »

I think I like that idea better than the one I was thinking of. I was just going to disconnect them, but I will crawl under the doors an see if I can wire them in a series with the door lights. 

Thanks

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