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Old 03-28-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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Question Newbie to travel trailer needs help!

We just bought a 2007 solaris, and we have the "manual". there is no explaination what the switches on the wall are for. Please help. all the lights work with the switches on the fixture themselves. the slide out switch is clearly marked. but there are smaller versions of the slideout switch. a pair 3 feet below the slideout switch next to the "entertainment" area where tv would go. then another pair in the bathroom next to the tank/water heater indicators. then a single switch at foot of bed close to bedroom door on the sidewall of the shower. anybody please help!
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A trailer model number and some pics of the switches would help us try to identify them for you.

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:56 AM   #3
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i didnt think about taking pictures - i will do that when i get home from work. we have a T 286 SR solaris. This is our first travel trailer ever so we are really trying to figure it all out. I was expecting more from the manual (LOL) thanks for your suggestion.
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Our Sunline Historian, "Sunline Fan" has a 2007 286SR, so once he reads this post, I"m sure he will be able to assist you. But, we STILL want to see pictures of your rig. Yeah, this group is hooked on Sunlines, and we just love to see pictures.

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thanks Mack and Kitty - i so hope we here from the other t 286 sr owner soon! LOL we are soooo green it hurts!
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i just uploaded pictures of the outside. will get pictures of the switches in question tonight. thanks again.
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Wow, you've got the SE package too! What a nice coach!

I don't have time at the moment to explain all the switches, but I'll do it when I get back later this afternoon. I actually went through and labeled all of mine with P-touch labels when I got it, so there's no confusion.
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SunlineFan: thanks a million - what is SE package and what is p-touch lables? some kind of sticker?
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i just have been informed that my refrigerator has never been fixed from the recall. i am at work and cannot go home to turn it off! now im worried to death and we are planning to roll out next friday on our first trip!
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It'll be ok until you get home!! It only took the dealer about 30 minutes to complete the recall work. I didn't even drop it, pulled up to the dealer service bay and they fixed it while I waited.

It needs to be fixed, but it's not a crisis.

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Old 03-28-2012, 06:45 PM   #12
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The SE package is the smooth exterior fiberglass exterior package. It's pretty rare as it was a very expensive option. It's especially rare for 2007, because there weren't many that were custom ordered. Many people, like myself, bought from dealers after the company shut down, so we didn't have much of a choice with what we could get on them.

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Amazon.com: Brother PT-70 Personal Handheld Labeler with special time & date function: Office Products

The switches are as follows. This won't just be light switches. I'll work front to back:
- Hood vent. One is for a light and one is for the fan. The fan isn't vented to the outside though, just so you know.
- Refrigerator. There's a main on/off switch, which it sounds like you found, and then one to choose auto or gas only for supply. With the freezer door open, look to the top edge and there'll be a rocker switch there. That turns on a small door seal heater to help with condensation on it. Leave it on normally, but if you boondock, it'll hurt your battery consumption, so you can turn it off then. To adjust the temperature of the refrigerator, open the refrigerator door, and on the right side of the fins in back, there's a little white plastic slider part. That does the adjustment, though I forget which way does what at the moment.
- There's two switches by the door. One works one of the living room ceiling lights, probably the one across from the pull out pantry, and the other works the outside porch light just outside the door. I forget which is which right now, but I think the one farther from the door is the porch light. The ceiling light may not work with the switch if the light fixture was turned off at the switch on the light though.
- There's a switch either right above that toward the ceiling or on the other side of the window right there. That's for the slide room. Early '07 production had it on the far side of the window, later production had it on the near side (which made more sense). Looks like you've found that already.
- There's a plate somewhere on the wall by that window there, behind where a TV would sit. It has the cable TV hookup, a 12v plug, and a little black button. The button is your TV antenna booster. You'll have to turn this on every time to get the TV to work much. It just doesn't get much reception at all without it. You may have to add a Winegard Wingman to get digital channels with this antenna though.
- All of the ceiling lights in the front area have switches on the fixture itself. One little rocker switch turns it on/off. There used to be two, one for each side of the light, but that isn't the case for 2007. You get all or nothing with these. Make sure to leave the switch on for that wall switch one, so it works.
- The wall sconces in the slide room by the couch and the ceiling one over the table both have push button on/off switches on them.

Moving into the bathroom:
- You have another double wall switch here. One works the ceiling light and one works the fan in the vent. This vent is manual, so you have to crank it up manually first, even though the fan will still come on. The fan and this light both work like the front- they both have switches on them, so they have to be left in the on position for the wall switch to work.
- There's a light in the shower that has its own switch on it.
- The intimidating panel of stuff on the bathroom wall by the sink is like the control panel for the whole trailer. There are three rocker switches on the bottom. One is for the water pump (when you have water in your fresh water holding tank), one is for the electric heating element for the water heater (make sure you have water in it before turning it on), and then the other is for the LP gas heater option for the water heater.
- There are smooth buttons on the top part of that panel. Battery condition, fresh water tank, gray tank 1, gray tank 2, and black tank. The tanks all follow the top scale of lights, and the battery follows the battery scale. The battery, basically whether good or not, will show all the lights whenever the trailer is plugged in (because it's charging).

Moving on to the bedroom:
- There's should be a wall switch just inside through the bathroom door. It operates the overhead light almost right above there, and works just like the others switch wise.
- There are two reading lights over the top of head of the bed that have switches on the fixtures themselves again.

Outside:
- There are two utility lights on the front and off door side of the trailer. They are run by switches on them, a slider switch.

That should be all of them that you have. If there's any that I missed, let me know.
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Oh, I should have clarified the tank situation. One gray tank is for the kitchen sink and the other is for the bathroom sink/shower.

For me, "gray tank 1" is the bathroom tank and gray tank 2 is the kitchen.
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SunlineFan, thanks so very much. you have been so very helpful! i need to print this all out and save them. i will get my vin for you soon and would like to keep it private if you dont mind. we are having trouble with the slide out right now. it went out justt fine. but we had to crank it to get it up once it got up on the floor the motor brought it in just fine. we are going to have the rv place look at it monday. its like the left corner is dropping down too far! once you crank it in a little bit it works on its own. we are having a patio awning, slide out cover, some max roof vents the refridgerater recall thing no the slide mechanism itself. hopefully this will get it all. its getting expensive LOL
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