3 position switch/dial

Submitted: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:11
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I've been trying to buy a 3 position swith for use in the GU but not having any luck. Have tried Dick Smith and Jayco with no luck. What we want is 1 on, 2 on or 3 on. Nearest I can come up with is a toggle type switch on, off, on but this isn't what we're after. Anyone got any idea where I could get what I'm after?

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:26

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:26
Melissa,
I reckon you're gunna have to go to a dial switch (aka "rotary" switch). These can have up to 20 "on" positions, but you can also get some with 3 I think. I used these on a model railway layout I used to own for choosing between 3 different controllers. The ones I had were a positive "click" type of set-up and worked very well. I'm sure I got them from a DSE shop. The wires have to be soldered to the contacts.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:27

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:27
PS:
What did you decide about the rear/spare wheel carrier set-up (your post from yesterday?).
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:51

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:51
Hi Roachie,

Looks like we'll have to cut off the locating lug and fit studs instead. We haven't had a chance yet to take the spare off and have a good look at exactly what's involved but it doesn't sound too complicated. Hardest part will probably be sourcing the right studs.

Just another job to do before we head off for our mid-year break. So far the list includes shovel/axe holder, fit up the spotties and an overhead console and into that the UHF, 27 meg, and voltometre. Oh yeah, and hubby has to transfer all his moving map stuff to the new laptop and buy a USB to serial convertor thingy. He also swore he'd have some polyairs fitted to the GU before the next trip too...so much to do, so little time!

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Diesel Do - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:33

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:33
Melissa,
You've probably already considered it but...

Depends on how much mounting room you've got and the current rating, a rotary switch would probably be the best bet. Something like the fan switch on your car heater & a/c.

Regards,
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Follow Up By: Diesel Do - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:40

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:40
Snap!!!
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:35

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:35
Melissa, have you tried the 12 volt shop.

Baz.
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Reply By: Member - Stillthinkinaboutit - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:38

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:38
Hi Melissa,

You could try RS Components Ph: 1300 656 636
www.rswww.com.au

Part Number 344-710 ( Single Pole, ON-ON-ON )
Part Number 344-726 ( Double Pole, ON-ON-ON )

The above are rated at 6A up to 28VDC, they are a toggle switch requiring a 6.5mm hole.

Otherwise you could try a Rotary switch from Dick Smith or Jaycar.

Regards, Mark
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Reply By: Gajm (VIC) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:06

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:06
Yep a rotary switch is the go, I recently bought a 4 position one from Jaycar, I wanted to monitor 3 diff batteries via the one Jaycar voltage/temp gauge, so position 1 is off 2 main batt, 3 aux batt and 4 camper batt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:31

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:31
Gajm,

This is EXACTLY what we want the swith for. We have the same Jaycar voltage/temp gauge and main, aux and trailer batteries we want to monitor. Can you recall what tha Jaycar part no. was for the switch?

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Gajm (VIC) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 20:21

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 20:21
Sorry Melissa I don't know the part number, I just pulled the switch off to have a look, but there's no clue there. I did a search on the jaycar catalog and SR1210 looks like the one.

I originaly went down to the local Jaycar here who is just a dealer and has a very limited amount of Jaycar stock, and I searched the tubs untill I found one that did the job, (switched in 4 spots....it goes past 4 after I just put it back in tonight...oops, so I may have to search for a missing part when there is more light). The local dealer also have a lot of old dick smith stock left from when they were a dealer for them, so it could even have been a dick smith switch.

If it's any help mine has 3 pins in the centre (3 pole?) that I bent and soldered together and connected the jaycar meter to. The outside of the switch has 12 pins, so I had to use #2 for the main, #7 for the Aux and #12 for the camper trailer batt. That way it switches in the order of main, aux, camper and I don't need any labels on the switch. I left # 1 free because I wanted that position to be off. I hope this was of some use.
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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:12

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:12
Hi. You could fit a normaly closed relay to the centre Off with the On/Off/ON switch
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:24

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:24
MElissa have you tryed BIAS boating supplies they have tons of 12v stuff and some time a lot cheaper that 12v shop or Dick S ..they are in Claremont Ph 0893833234
I recommend getting there catalouge you will be amazed at what they carry that can suit the 4x4 aplication .
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 21:39

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 21:39
www.jaycar.com.au

I got 20 the other day, 3 posi switches.. Or do you mean Genuine lookin ones?
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Reply By: rolande- Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 19:55

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 19:55
Melissa,
These aren't three way on, but fit in standard spare GU slots and look almost factory. May wish to keep for future reference
Rolande
http://www.narva.com.au/Switches11.html
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