Bettery style Kill Switch for Galley

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  1. PammyM

    PammyM Member

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    I have a 2012 Rockwood Freedom 1940 LTD PopUp. 3rd Season with it and we love it.
    Below is a photo of the type of Kill switch that came installed under the fold-down galley.
    I'm constantly having to re-attach the wires to this switch. I know I can just clamp the two wires together to bypass the switch, which works, but that's a safety hazard. Silly question, but is there a better type of Kill switch I can install or a better way of attaching the wires to it? I've put new connectors on the end of the wires. I've tried using duct tape over the connectors to keep the wires from falling off but that's a nightmare to un-do if the wires loosen, and they have managed to do that with the duct tape. If I tighten the connectors too much, then I can't slide them onto the switch. Thanks! Pam

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    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    I would solder the wires onto the switch, but you could try squeezing the connectors a bit before you put them on the switch to make a tighter fit.
     
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    Thanks. I tried squeezing the connectors but if I squeeze them too tight, I can't slip them on. Leave them a bit looser and one good bump on the road makes them fall off. Covered them with duct tape and they still fell off and then it took forever to try and get the duct tape off so I could fix it. Maybe there is a better type of connector I can attach to the end of the wires that would work? Or maybe I just need to be more patient with my attaching the wires. :)

     
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    I kinda think soldering might be the way to go then.
     
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    You could solder some short wires on that have butt connectors on them and connect the wires to those.
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    You may be just using cheap terminals. A good terminal will have a dimple to hold it tight to the terminal. Thats way the male terminal in the above picture has a hold it in. I would just solder the wires to the switch. If you don't have a soldering iron/gun ...... ask around ....a friend or neighbor could do it in 2 minutes.
     
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    If you want to go easy and cheap, run the wire through the hole in the switches tab, then use some electrical tape. I would just squeeze the connector a tad.
     
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    i may be off here, but if the wires are "falling" off, even with duct tape wrapped around them, then either the terminals are very loose (but you mentioned you closed them up already) or something is pulling them off? The terminal crimp on the wire is stronger than the connection to the switch in your case, and should be. Is the switch on a moving part, and possible the wires are just a tad short?
     
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    I'd second what benandbobbi said above - seems like something must be pulling on them or the wires are too short that a bump would pull them off.

    If you don't want to solder - what about some sandpaper to scuff the surface of the male side of the spade connector? Maybe a rougher surface wouldn't slide off so easily?
     
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    Didn't think about that. I like that idea. Easy Peasy. Thanks!!

     

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