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Gauge Identifier lights
#1
The Newell dash was designed for someone with the eyes of a young eagle and the arms of an orangutan.  I can't identify the switches on the switch panel without getting down on my hands and knees and peering through my bifocals.  What I need to know is whether or not the identification labels on the dash gauges are lit.  Going down the road, I have a hard time deciding what gauge is what since I have to run the generator to run the house air to make the machine almost cool enough to ride in.  I can see identification on the dash near the gauge if I make the steering column as compact as possible at a full stop.  I can then get close enough to see what's what.  Short of using a Dymo labeller, anybody have any suggestions.  I already have my battery select switch marked with glow tape and my tank dump switch taped over.

I don't want to tear into the dash without some reasonable expectation of success.

[And as an aside, is there any good reason for there to be a dump switch on the dash? The one on the house panel and the one in the basement would seem to be enough. Is it just there to see who's unlucky enough to hit it while feeling for some other switch?]
Paul & Jane McCullough
#2
Paul that dump switch on the dash is for the dump valve on the passenger side of
The coach. I leave the rest to your imagination.
Richard and Rhonda Entrekin
99 Newell, 512
Subaru Outback Toad
Inverness, FL (when we're home Cool )
#3
On my ‘93 there are post lights that shine onto strategic areas of the panels. All switches for driving except windshield wipers are on the small panel beside driver seat. (Lights,cruise control,transmission shift, Jake brake) The dump valve, override switch, diff lock are along the bottom of the panel in front of driver.
If you are confusing switches in proximity you might change one of them to a different type switch that feels different to the touch. If u need larger more visible labeling I would suggest a shop that can engrave laminate. A trophy shop should be able to do it.

Also, you could backlight the generator gauges with a different color or apply an opaque film of a different color over a portion of the gauge window.
1993 Newell 45' 8V92,towing an Imperial open trailer. FMCA#232958 '67 Airstream Overlander 27' '67GTO,'76TransAm,'52Chevy panel, 2000 Corvette "Lingenfelter"modified, '13 Grand Cherokee.
#4
Those ID labels are lit. Since your coach is close to mine in vintage, I’ll guess it is the same on this item. Newell used a flexible neon tape behind the laminate. The dimmer switch for mine is located on the back of the console at my left arm. The neon band is powered by a transformer that is under that console. It’s about three inches by 1.5 by 1.5. They are notorious for two things. Failing and squeeling like a mosquito on speed.
Richard and Rhonda Entrekin
99 Newell, 512
Subaru Outback Toad
Inverness, FL (when we're home Cool )
#5
Paul, 

Richard is correct.  There is a dimmer control  knob on the control panel to the left of the drivers seat. It is toward the back. 
I know when I owned the coach I had it set very low on propose.  Didn't want to burn out that ballast!
Jerry & Barb Bommarito
Former Custodians of the "Rolling R Ranch"
Newell Coach #500 

#6
Just for completeness....

On my coach, I have lots of switches to the right of the drivers seat. They are labelled and backlit as described. However....the switches above the driver seat never lit up. I figured that the ballast was blown. Nope.

On my coach the panel above the driver NEVER had any backlight tape installed. I was shocked! Newell was able to install a new type of backlight panel (some sort of electro-luminescent panel) and now my panel lights up. The new backlight technology is not cheap, but does not howl if you turn it up.


bill
Bill Johnson
2003 Newell #653 Quad Slide Cat C-12 engine with Motorcycle lift 
2011 Jeep Wrangler, 2018 BMW 1200GS Adventure Motorcycle
Auburn, Alabama
#7
mine is the same as bills was. the switches above the drivers seat dont light up.

and my air conditioning control panel is just inches off the floor in the center console making it almost impossible to adjust it while driving and staying on the road.....ha

tom
2002 45'8" Newell Coach 608  Series 60 DDEC4/Allison World 6 Speed HD4000MH



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