with the interior light control
Roger Glover has owned two RV8s
over the last twelve years and says "I have only just discovered a peculiarity
with the interior light control and thought that it might be of interest to fellow
RV8 owners". Sep 15
few days after a 200 mile trip (during which time the battery was fully charged)
I discovered that the battery was totally flat, even the clock had stopped working.
Investigation revealed that the interior light switch may have been inadvertently
left switched on. A new battery was purchased and I checked out the functioning
of the controls of the interior lights (with the ignition switched off) and this
(1) If either of the doors are opened and then shut,
the interior lights stay on for approximately 15 seconds and then automatically
switch off. This is, of course, a well known fact and is exactly as you have on
most modern cars.
If the driver's door is opened and then left open, the interior lights stay
on for a much longer period, namely 9 minutes and 3 seconds, before automatically
(3) However, if the interior light switch is switched
on and the doors then shut, it appears that the lights will remain on permanently,
or more correctly until the battery is flat, as in my case. I think that the interior
light switch bypasses the timer control.
The RV8 Driver's Handbook AKM7144ENG
describes the operation of the interior lights on page 20 and mentions two types
of operation: manual and automatic. For manual operation it notes "press
switch to turn on and press a second time to turn off". It makes no mention
that the opening and closing of the doors will result in the timer operating when
the lights are switched on using the dashboard switch. So it seems the timer does
not apply when manual operation is used and the driver then opens the door door
to leave the vehicle and closes it.
Driver's Handbook AKM7144ENG, page 20
moral of the story is that it may well be worth waiting 15 seconds or so, after
getting out of the vehicle and shutting the doors, to ensure that the interior
lights have actually gone off, before leaving the car parked.