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Old 04-05-2015, 10:36 AM   #1
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Adding Awning Led Lights

I am looking at installing a 16 ft strip of Led Lights under my awning. What is the best way to connect the electric so it is more permanent?
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:40 AM   #2
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Are you mounting them on the side or on the roller tube?
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:41 AM   #3
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You are going to a bunch of ideas on your question. Big question is where you will get your 12v from. I ran 4 wire sprinkler cord into the supports thru the hole the factory used and underneath the paneling to my front storage area. I used the sprinkler cord so if I ever decide to upgrade to a rgb strip extra wires are already there. Tapped into cargo light and got power. Bought an on/off switch dimmer off of Amazon which works great but just found an RF one with remote that I am waiting to put in. Put a two pin connector from radio shack at the top and just connect it while awning is out. You may want to pick up a cheap solider iron as the wires that come on the strips are WAY small. I added 18ga wires that would hold up a little better. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-05-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
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I plan on mounting the led strip just under the roller tube. The lights I am looking at fit into a track the you stick on first. Unfortunately my storage areas are on the back side of TT.
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I reluctantly drilled a hole into the camper right where the front of the tape light ends. I knew it would come out in the medicine cabinet where I could run through there to a closet and into the basement storage of our 5th wheel. I siliconed the hole and made sure to get plenty in the hole as well. Worked out really good. Mine are stuck to the trailer using the adhesive that came on them.
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I mounted mine on the side of the trailer under the awning track. I don't really have permanent wiring solution yet as I just have some clips on the side of the left awning bracket running down the trailer to where there's a plug on the side of the trailer. I just unhook and remove the cord running down the bracket when I'm in transit and all seems well.

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Vibe- post up a pic of your side of your unit. Might give us an idea.


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Old 04-06-2015, 06:28 PM   #8
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I mounted my LED's under the awning tube, on the side of the trailer. My awning is 20' long, LED strip comes 16', I bought another section, tied it into the first, so my lights are the length of the awning. I've got a 2013, Rockwood Sig. Ultra Light, 8315BSS. Ran the 12volt power cord up and into the refrigerator vent, then down inside the wall, tied it into the 12 volt behind the refrigerator. Also mounted my remote there. I can control the lights by holding the remote next to the refrigerator access panel. Works great.


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Old 04-06-2015, 09:43 PM   #10
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I have 2 sets of lights on my Crusader. A white strip is attached to the trailer under the awning mount and is applied using the self sticking tape. I drilled a small hole in the porch light housing and tied them in the wires in the housing and removed the bulb. They are very bright and light the area well. I also mounted a colored 110v strip on the roller tube that can only be seen when the awning is open. I ran an extension cord in the awning support arm and plug it into an outside outlet.
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