It's getting close to time to drag the A126 out of the garage and prep for a trip. Part of my spring prep will include a couple of mods and I'm hoping some of you more experienced folks can give me some tips.
#1) Setup the Auquatainer dual container gray water solution (Oz's solution) - I think I have this one figured out - just need to go to the local plumbing supply shop to get my parts
#2) Interior Light Mods (here's where I need input): Addition of flex LED light strips to the top of the side walls for a softer (lower power consumption) lighting solution. This is a variant of Hamguy's lighting mod
For the light mod I plan on replacing the standard light bulb in the dome lights (both sides of the camper) with a LED replacement. What I hope to do is to tap the lighting circuit for those lights (or at least one) to get power for the LED flex strips. These strips are 12v flexible strips with peel and stick backing allowing you to just stick them in place along the top of the side walls in the slightly recessed molding. You can cut these strips (comes in a 5 meter long roll) to the size you need. I'll likely place one set to run the front of the camper (both sides) and another on the back side of the camper (both sides) so they can be turned on/off independently.
Where I need some educated opinions is on tapping the lighting circuit. What I would like to do is to modify the dome lights on both the front roof and rear roof and add a rocker switch to power the LED flex trips. However I believe what I will face is the inability to get wiring ran inside the roof panel. I don't see any way to remove part of the interior roofing panel.
IF I can add a rocker switch to the dome light I might consider a low profile surface mount raceway to conceal the wiring back to the hinge area of the camper. If I can't I might consider using scotch blocks to tap the wiring where it comes to the roof panel in the hinge area.
Here's my real question for all you gurus. The strip lights should draw around 0.7 amps (estimate - need to get a more accurate measurement for the length I will use but I think this is on the high side). The LED replacements for the dome should draw about 0.2 amps for each dome. The incandescent 906 12v bulbs should be drawing about 1.4 amps per dome. As I see it, making the conversion will change the consumption on each dome light circuit from about 1.4 amps to about 0.9 amps.
Am I correct that with either solution that I should be OK on my current draw? I don't want to end up overloading the circuit from the designed load rating. I'm also not sure what else is on circuit with the camper interior dome lights (no schematics that I have been able to find).
If the interior mod works out - I'm considering adding under camper lighting on at least one side (door side) as a way to make ingress/egress at night easier. That side should be easy enough to wire up using the outside 'porch light' circuit and adding a rocker switch just inside the door.
Unrelated note, but I've considered adding rocker master switch for the radio so it can be switched off to prevent vampire drain of the battery when in storage or when dry camping.
Wish the weather was better here and I would get the camper out and make measurements and get a better plan together....
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