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Old 07-26-2016, 12:39 PM   #1
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Led Tail Lights

Has anybody swapped out their factory tail lights for LEDS. If so what did you get? What did you have to do to modify for those type of lights. Just thinking about doing it.

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Old 07-26-2016, 12:44 PM   #2
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Friend of mine just changed out his stock tail lights for the LED's. Now this was on a smaller kayak trailer of his but the idea is the same. All he did was take off the old and put on the new. Used the same wiring. Looked good.


He just used some he bought at Wally World.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:46 PM   #3
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There are many threads on this issue. This is more involved than it appears on the surface. Depending on your TVs controller and the LEDs chosen, you may end up with inoperable lights. Some controllers need more current than LEDs draw to operate properly.
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Well, I hope his still works then.
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Old 07-26-2016, 01:06 PM   #5
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This is what I replaced my cheap lights with. They run about $100 for a set but look & function much better. I requested a wall stud diagram from Coachman to see where the studs were. These are flush mount so I had to dremel out a larger hole since these are inset. The wiring was straight forward. The cutting of the fiberglass was the most time consuming as I cut a small finger hole and ran a clothes hanger wire to verify stud placement.

I also replaced all of the marker lights with leds. Sorry the picture doesn't save after I rotate it.
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There are many threads on this issue. This is more involved than it appears on the surface. Depending on your TVs controller and the LEDs chosen, you may end up with inoperable lights. Some controllers need more current than LEDs draw to operate properly.






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If it isnt broke . ...dont fix it.
.....but im impressed so much brighter they are.
Thats why have insurance....

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CHANGED Tail lights

I swapped the tail lights on my Rockwood fifth wheel to led lights. They are about 100 times brighter. I used a set of water proof led lights that are supposed to be used on boat trailers. They really get the drivers behind me
attention when I start to turn or stop.
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I swapped the tail lights and running lights (entire assemblies, not just the bulbs) on my 228BH to LED.
Have never heard or cannot see problems with the TV in regard to trailer lighting. Ii know when I did mine NO problems.
The computer is programmed for a specific voltage drop, so as long as the TV lights remain the same, trailer lights will not affect the computer.
That's why if you get a burned out bulb or replace your TV with LEDs and don't add a resistor, you might get a fast flashing in the turn signal circuit; the voltage drop is lower due to the burned out bulb or the replacement LED.

Etrailer is a great choice for LED replacement lights.
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I swapped the tail lights and running lights (entire assemblies, not just the bulbs) on my 228BH to LED.
Have never heard or cannot see problems with the TV in regard to trailer lighting. Ii know when I did mine NO problems.
The computer is programmed for a specific voltage drop, so as long as the TV lights remain the same, trailer lights will not affect the computer.
That's why if you get a burned out bulb or replace your TV with LEDs and don't add a resistor, you might get a fast flashing in the turn signal circuit; the voltage drop is lower due to the burned out bulb or the replacement LED.

Etrailer is a great choice for LED replacement lights.
Thanks for the info. I need to replace mine because we sometimes tow at night or in the rain. I just calculated the clearance and the brake lights must draw at least 8 amps with incandescent bulbs. With my fridge drawing 13 amps on DC, I am definitely going to get too much voltage drop when towing to keep up the charge on the camper battery, much less add to it. With LEDs and making sure I have as large a wire size on the TV as practical, I might have a chance of supporting the fridge on DC with the tow vehicle.

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