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Old 07-26-2012, 07:30 AM   #11
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We wouldn't make it an option...it would be standard. I was just trying to get a perceived value for it. I find 90% of buyers would rather it just "be on there". I know there are many industrial users on this site that have no problem tracking down online deals...but at least it gives me an idea.

As for "it's only $200". Trust me...dealers care. We're constantly being weighed against our competitors. The dealer has to stock it before you get to look at it and buy it. You beat them up on price, they beat us up on price...it's always a balancing act. ON the bright side our Class C's were #1 in retail sales last year and so far this year...so our dealers are not quite as brutal about price once its on their lot and is selling well, but we never want to get complacent.
We just purchased a Sunseeker. We had never even considered a class c until seeing the 3010 ds design. But we are going to change out all the bulbs to led as the standard bulbs are hot and probably use a lot of current.

Do you have recommendations on the manufacturer to buy them from?
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:32 AM   #12
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I just paid $12 ($2 a piece) for six 24 LED 134 Style LED bulbs.

I also paid $16.50 for six 48 LED panels which will work in a 134 Style socket or a bayonet bulb holder.

This was from the popular auction site Flea Bay. These bulbs draw approximately 1/8th to 1/10th the power of incandescent bulbs and last practically forever. I also got the warm colored bulbs over the bright white colored bulbs for a more "normal" light. Experimentation will reveal which bulbs suit my purposes best. Did I say that I didn't even have my trailer yet? I'm in the process of getting my vehicle ready and will hopefully pick up my A124 hardside pop up in the next two weeks. My plan is to be a boondocking fool.

How crazy is it to be buying parts and accessories for something you don't even own yet?
Thanks you very much for the suggestions.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:45 PM   #13
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I don't know. I changed out the ceiling lights in my 5'er, for about 350.00, and in one year they started to disrupt the TV. I used ones from CW, I found a great color and the heat is nothing compared to the factory standard. If the quality was proven and the circuitry was shielded, I would opt for them.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:35 AM   #14
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Maybe a dumb question but here goes... If I don't dry camp, there isn't a big advantage with the LED's vs standard bulbs is there? I think the LED's main benefit is it uses less battery power if dry camping.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:48 AM   #15
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Paulmlac - Thats exactly why I replaced mine...
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:49 AM   #16
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Maybe a dumb question but here goes... If I don't dry camp, there isn't a big advantage with the LED's vs standard bulbs is there? I think the LED's main benefit is it uses less battery power if dry camping.
Another advantage is they don't throw as much heat.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:43 AM   #17
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I bought a couple of 36 LED lights on ebay about 6 months ago to try them out. IIRC, they were $3.68 each including shipping from China! Just burned out an incand. bulb and thought it was time to install the new LED ones. Lo and behold, one was defective.....

I would not hesitate to buy more at $3.68 delivered to our door. I could pay around 10 times this price in RV stores for what I assume would be pretty much the same thing.

I have to say that I am not highly impressed with the light quality of these lights, but they are what they are. A bit too glary and harsh for me and although the ones I bought are called "warm white" they are too far off incand. for my tastes. But as an elec. eng., I am way more critical on this sort of thing than most.

We don't expect to do much dry camping but you cannot argue with the longetivity and greatly reduced heat output of LED lights.
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In testing, I can hold my hand on the LED light after 10-20 minutes. NO WAY are you doing that with an Incandescent bulb. They are definitely bright. We would probably need to take a few out in some areas. We are testing them with a dimmer switch as well, I'm not sure if the switches are ready for it yet...the lights work fine dimming. The switch seemed to struggle with maintaining the correct voltages.

I like the idea of the reduced heat (especially this summer) and much longer lasting bulbs. The energy efficiency is nice but I don't dry camp...although it's always nice if you can be a little "greener".
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In testing, I can hold my hand on the LED light after 10-20 minutes. NO WAY are you doing that with an Incandescent bulb. They are definitely bright. We would probably need to take a few out in some areas. We are testing them with a dimmer switch as well, I'm not sure if the switches are ready for it yet...the lights work fine dimming. The switch seemed to struggle with maintaining the correct voltages.

I like the idea of the reduced heat (especially this summer) and much longer lasting bulbs. The energy efficiency is nice but I don't dry camp...although it's always nice if you can be a little "greener".
Consider the "Warm White" LED bulbs versus the typical bright white. The warm white are closer in color to the incan bulbs that are used today. IMHO, the bright white bulbs are far too harsh for inside use. Those bright whites work well in work areas and cargo spaces, however.
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In testing, I can hold my hand on the LED light after 10-20 minutes. NO WAY are you doing that with an Incandescent bulb. They are definitely bright. We would probably need to take a few out in some areas. We are testing them with a dimmer switch as well, I'm not sure if the switches are ready for it yet...the lights work fine dimming. The switch seemed to struggle with maintaining the correct voltages.

I like the idea of the reduced heat (especially this summer) and much longer lasting bulbs. The energy efficiency is nice but I don't dry camp...although it's always nice if you can be a little "greener".
would this be sunseekers also
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