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Old 07-05-2016, 07:06 PM   #21
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Sounds great

Good plan, hard to beat simple / less points of failure. Good luck!

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Old 07-05-2016, 07:43 PM   #22
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I have done this install on our last 2 TTs. On our Grey Wolf the arm for the awning was over the storage compartment so I mounted the controller in there and ran the wire to the lights up the arm, I ran these off of 12V power. I mounted the lights to the bottom of the awning channel with 3M tape. The light worked great the first year and went down hill a little bit each of the 2 following years until we traded for our current Passport.

On our Passport we have 2 awnings, the arm for one of them is directly on the outside of were the bathroom vanity is and also the wire of the awning runs down this arm. Even though the wire for the awning in hidden behind the vanity I drilled a pilot hole then cut a small 3/4" X 3/4" hole with my Milwaukee oscillating tool and ran the power wire to the lights from inside the vanity and up the awning arm, on this install I used a 120v converter to power the controller for the lights which is also mounted inside the vanity. I placed the lights into this aluminum channel which I mounted to the bottom of both awning rails with 3M vhb tape. I went from the power wire that was ran up the awning arm into a Y (so I could run lights under both awnings) then into each of the lights. After the lights and the channels were cut to length I sealed up the ends with silicone, and the connections from the power wire into the Y and from the Y into the lights i used heat shrink tubing to protect them from weather.

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Old 07-05-2016, 07:48 PM   #23
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Some good warnings and advice. I'm gonna research this a little more before starting.
I thought about the awning power being off unless activated after I posted. Duh. Controller inside, good idea. Thanks. 3M tape is good too.
Look for underwater grade led lights......
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:16 AM   #24
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Phs79,. Nice. That's one of the channels I've been considering. Also looking at a 45 angled one too.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:29 AM   #25
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I just installed them with 3m dbl sided tape under the awning and plug them in on each trip. I didn't want my outside light on while I had them on or connect to the power awning.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:48 AM   #26
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I returned the same LED kit to Amazon and bought a Bluetooth controller and LED strip. I can use my phone to control the LED strip so I could mount my controllers by a 12 volt power source. I have two controllers, one for the awning and other for the frame lights.

I attached the LEDs to the fiberglass below the awning. The led strip can be cut every 3" to fit the 12' awning. That is what I had to do. As for power to the strip, I ran the wire down the awning channel with the power cord to the awning motor. I powered the controllers with 12 volt supply to the storage bin light.

Here is the link to the hardware I used....Bluetooth LED Awning/Frame Lights
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:50 AM   #27
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Captain America. Very neat work.

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