We just purchased a 2017 Evo T2700 in June, and already one of the LED lights in the ceiling appears to be burning out!
At first, I noticed it would do the slightest flicker from time to time. Then, one day I went to turn it on, and there was barely any light coming out of it. Just one strip of LEDs was barely giving off anything. It is the light at the front of the unit, in the ceiling, in front of the TV in the living room area. I am concerned, too, because the light over the kitchen window and over the couch seem to be doing that same faint flicker, as well. It's so strange, we have kept it off and now when we turn it on to check it, it's either that one strip really faint that's on, or all of them can be seen with barely any light out of them.
Does anyone know what could be causing this? All three lights with issues are in the same area of the trailer. And, we are currently unable to take the trailer in to have it checked out.
I have attached a picture of how the light looks when we turn it on.
Location: Minnesota ( wishing we were boondocking in the New York Catskills )
Question ... are running on battery power, or with the power converter ("shore power") ??
IF the latter ... then ... do you have the battery in-circuit, or disconnected ??
(Your dealer should have shown you where the batter disconnect switch is at delivery.)
Reason asking ... if you are on shore power, and especially if that AND the battery NOT in-circuit, the voltage from the converter can run a bit on the high side ...
"Normally" the LED's should have 20,000 to 50,000 hour life spans ... but heat and over-voltage de-rate that significantly.
If you check carefully, it is probably not difficult to open the lens of the light fixtures, you will find a plug-in LED light device. Replacements are readily available ... be it at your RV Dealer, an auto parts store, or even places like Wally World. Here is our "trick" ... they are way, WAY cheaper online (i.e. eBay) ... to the point where you can treat them as "consumable" light bulbs.
Be GENTLE / Patient opening lens cover ...
Included some typical LED's but there are many others ...
Jeff and Abby
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We are currently plugged in with the battery disconnected. I will have to do some looking at them today to see what I can find. We do not have the lights on during the day most times, we usually open the windows for light. And in the evenings I only have them on for a few hours before turning everything off for bed. I hope the last few months haven't burned them out already. But it is definitely a possibility from what you're describing.
Why are you plugged in with the battery disconnected?
That's what we were told to do by the staff we got the trailer from when we picked it up. They said if we are plugged in, we do not need to keep the battery on too because we are using the power from the site. Should we have the battery on? We are new to this, so I just trusted what the guy told us.
They are wrong. Always have the battery connected when you are using your RV. If you store it for days or more you can turn it off to keep the "parasitic" loads (Co detector, radio, etc from killing your battery. Otherwise keep it turned on.