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Updating Drab Looking Entry Well Stairs - 2003 Monaco Cayman 36PBD

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Thanks to all, for your most kind words on results thus far on my stairwell upgrade project. Lots more detail work yet to complete [including selecting type of material of stair treads, one very small wall yet to be paneled in 1/8” thick birch, trim off poorly cut carpeting [which still kills me - ugh!], complete stairwell light wiring to wall switch].

I must admit, [with the exception of my sad attempt to properly trim my old carpeting] I am personally very pleased thus far with the overall results.

I very much  appreciate all who have provided suggestions, positive feedback and the encouragement to press on.

More later...

Eddie

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Unfortunately free time was scarce this past week, so I didn’t accomplish nearly what I had planned, other than hand fabricate a thin birch trim piece [see pics].

Hopefully next week will be much more productive.

More later...

Eddie

 

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BTW, Does anyone have any idea where I might obtain a similar double light swith plate as those I've uploaded below? I would replace the battery cutoff and red step switch with regular ON / OFF switches. I have decided to add dedicated light switches [one for my new stairwell light, and the other to turn on & off my yellow lamp which illuminates my outside retractable stairs]. Currently, my outside yellow lamp stays illuminated 24/7 when stairs are extended, and only goes out when retracted. I would install the second double switch directly above the existing. Picture with red arrow is where I would like to install the second double switch plate. [see pics]. 

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.

I’ve uploaded pictures.

More later…

Eddie

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LASER engraver and a piece of colored acrylic and you can make one in just a few minutes. I've used mine to make the control panel on a genset. You could also make two from a piece of birch and upgrade them both to match the new trim you just added to the floor.

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jleamont,

Thanks for the link...

Northwest RV Supply, at one time had what would have been an acceptable flat metal double switch plate [3"x3"] if only it was in stock [image uploaded].

Darn it! The search continues...

Eddie

 

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jleamont,

A most excellent suggestion. I just got off the phone with Niabi of NorthWest RV Supply. 

Just as you suspected, NorthWest RV Supply had exactly what I needed. Although that "KITCHEN & DINETTE" double metal plate switch is out of stock, Niabi searched her inventory and found the exact same double switch metal plate [only with “VANITY & BATH”]. Which is of no consequence, as I’m going to paint this black Monaco [metal] plate double switch, Off White. I ordered [2] of these double switch metal plates as they are hard to find, along with [4] ON-OFF switches in OFF WHITE color.

I truly appreciate the link and then the nudge to make an old fashioned phone call.

As the Staples EASY BUTTON says: "That was easy!"

More later…

Eddie

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We have completion [with the exception of wiring my newly installed double ON/OFF toggle switch plate]. Oh, I decided on not painting the black MONACO metal switch plate “OFF WHITE”. I believe I can live with this switch plate remaining black, as this plate happens to be Monaco OEM part. The plate actually states; MONACO at the bottom. I will look into obtaining black label tape with gold font to properly label each switch [inside / outside]. I tested my stairwell light by means of 12 volt power supply, all is good [see pics]. Carpet was trimmed by utilizing an aluminum carpet trim, which was mitred at 45 degrees at joint. Speaking of carpet, I purchased a heavy brown entry mat which I trimmed to fit the stairwell cover, this heavy carpet mat should eliminate the sun being reflected off the highly polished aluminum diamond plate. On both of the 1” thick solid oak stair treads, I routed a 1 1/2” wide, 1/8” deep recess to receive 1 1/2” wide aluminum diamond plate. I opted to do this for the purpose of hiding mounting screws to the subsurface, thus eliminating adhesive should stair tread removal ever be required. I do not ever want to go through what I went through the first time.

Thanks to all who have followed along during this stairwell upgrade process. I must say, I am very satisfied with the overall results. 

Eddie

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Thank you Jim for your kind words of approval. This stairwell upgrade project, was truly an enjoyable and very rewarding experience. 

Eddie

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