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Old 03-26-2015, 10:42 PM   #1
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Camper was delivered - need help with awning light strip.

I am very excited to have my Roo23IKSS in my driveway! We have opened her up, looked over everything, and all is looking good. The previous owner left us lots of stuff in there, which will help us save lots of $$ starting out in the HTT world and for that I am grateful. He even threw in the towing/sway bars and hitch with it. Outdoor mat, keurig coffee maker, awning shades, bunk light/fans, a couple of cases of tp, black tank chemicals, water hoses, extensions, 30 and 50 amp converters...the list goes on and on. Anyway, we are over the moon thrilled. Here is just one thing that I think needs replacing and don't have a clue how.
The Led awning lights come on, but many of them on the strip don't light up, so it looks like our lights have missing teeth. Can we buy a new strip and just splice it into the existing wires? Can it be that easy? The switch is inside the camper door...they camp as part of the camper from the manufacturer. Any help would be appreciated!

Oh...and how do you open the little side windows on the couch/dinette slide? I see the two little push clips, but the window doesn't budge..don't want to force anything.
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:46 PM   #2
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First, gotta force those windows and then talc them.

Second, known problem with the awning lights and they were being replaced under warranty. Maybe Lippert will help you out. If not, you can get MANY cheaply from the aftermarket that are higher quality. Properly rated strip is a simple splice in right where factory did it.

Finally, congratulations!
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:56 PM   #3
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Thanks Geo! I'm waiting for the warranty transfer to be completed, and then we'll inquire about the light strip. Hopefully it will be taken care of, but seeing that the dealer is about 1.5 hours away in another state..it may just be easier to install new ourselves and get a better product. we'll see.

Do I force the windows from the outside while someone holds the clips in from inside? There's a screen in front of them so I can't get to the window to push on it from the inside. Not a major deal, but I just want to make sure they function.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:57 PM   #4
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Who's Lippert?
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:13 AM   #5
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Lippert is a supplier to the RV industry...they make many different components for many different manufacturers, not just Forest River. Slide outs, axles and suspension components, drop down beds and sofas, it's a big list.

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Morning sewingcybermom. Yes, Lippert is the maker/supplier for your awning and the light.

I remember those windows well... Having someone outside will work fine. Have that person gently wrap on that window first to shock it free. Then inside squeeze the latch and rock the window side to side in its frame. It'll open.
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The lights are the thorn in my side. I'm on my 4th set replaced under warranty. First set had lights go out the first weekend i used it. the second set 1/4 of the strip went out 3rd use after getting camper back from shop. 3rd set had lights out and whole strip was dim about 5th use. the 4th strip was replaced by me and parts sent to me by FR. i replaced them in OCT and have used the camper 8 3day weekends and 3 2day weekends so far so good.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:51 AM   #8
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If you decide to replace the lights on your own ( not warranty). I suggest you get ones that have a remote control that can vary intensity and maybe even color. Some white strips can be very bright and attract insects, If you can dim them or control color, it helps and does not add much to the cost. As LED strips are prone to individual chips failing I would suggest picking one ( cost wise) that you are OK replacing every few years .
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The Led awning lights come on, but many of them on the strip don't light up, so it looks like our lights have missing teeth. Can we buy a new strip and just splice it into the existing wires? Can it be that easy? The switch is inside the camper door...they camp as part of the camper from the manufacturer. Any help would be appreciated!
Mine did the very same thing. The original LED strip has "breaks" in the back of the strip which moisture gets into and corrodes the wiring inside the LED. I had 3 strips replaced under warranty. The last set that failed, I replaced myself with Hitlight indoor/outdoor LED strip from Amazon for $13.00. Better than the factory lights and wire direct like the factory (12 volt). You might need to add something to the double-sided 3M tape as it does not stick as well as I like. I used automotive double-sided tape used for trim.
I went with cool white color on the lights which matched the orginal. I had to cut the strip back some since it comes just over 16 feet and I only needed 11 feet. I put the rest of that strip under my steps - controlled from the same inside switch.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:07 PM   #10
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While doing the walk thru on our new 2015 Wildwood 3 of the light s stopped working! They ordered us another strip. 4 weeks now and we still haven't received word that it has come in. After reading so many horror stories about how long they keep your RVs for warranty work I'm leary about taking it in for the work!!!
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