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Old 04-22-2014, 08:22 AM   #1
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Led wiring suggestion?

I am in the process of installing led lights on the outside if RV under the awning. Georgetown XL, I have the led strip ran and am looking for options as to how to run the wiring back into the coach and install a switch for lights...
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:52 AM   #2
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Do you have an electric awning?

It appears that you do by the picture.

If so extend your awning.
You should then see plastic strips that cover your mounting bolts and electrical wiring for your awning motor.
Slide those strips out to reveal where they drilled a hole in the side of the coach to run your motor wiring thru.
Thats where you'll run your awning lights wire .

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Old 04-22-2014, 09:21 AM   #3
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Another poster said he took the light out of his porch light and ran the awning wiring into the porch light housing. He uses the porch light switch to control his awning lights now & didn't have to drill any holes in the side of his coach.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:31 AM   #4
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When I did mine, I used Turbs' suggestion and ran the wire (I used speaker wire) through the hole where the awning wiring comes out--no drilling! I used a straightened-out coat hanger to figure out where the wire was going on the inside, tied a string to the end of the hanger and pulled it back through, then tied the wire to the string and pulled it back in. I used clear RTV silicone to secure the wire into the corner of the awning arm. If I had use white covered speaker wire, you'd never even know it was there.

Inside, I drilled a hole next to my indicator/water pump/water heater panel, found a hot 12v wire from that panel, put a fuse inline with it, and wired it to the Radio Shack switch I bough for the LEDs.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:49 PM   #5
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Awesome! Thanks for the input, I had looked at the awning plastic covers and seen the wiring going Into the coach, I just didn't know where it went once in the wall! I will definitely doin the fishing suggestions! I will update when I get there!! Thanks again SE
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Just a note on the "fishing" expedition: on my TT, that wiring entered the camper right behind the converter. So to keep your metal coat hanger from shorting anything out, make sure you unplug your TT from shore power and turn off your 12v battery cutoff while you're fishing!

I'll see if I can take some pics later.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:58 PM   #7
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do most of you attach your light strips to the base of at awning or on the tube of the awning?
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I had thought about tying into the wires for the step light and that way I can use that switch to control both. Just not sure how to get the wires down to the step light. Will have to unscrew the bottom covering & look up inside to see what is what.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:37 AM   #9
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do most of you attach your light strips to the base of at awning or on the tube of the awning?
I did not want to mess with running any wiring out to the awning tube...I know it's there for the awning motor, but my issue was I didn't know how to keep any wires from twisting every time you roll up the awning. So I mounted mine just under where the awning attaches to the side of the camper. It's a "stationary" location, and when the awning is rolled up, it's protected from wind and rain. It looks pretty cool when they're on.
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Was wondering that where to run the wires on my tt , next question where to get the lights have seen all kinds but most seem to get bad reviews (won't stick, power controls don't work etc.) looking for a guaranteed one time installation. Did this with rope lights inside and hid well but can't hide them outside and have no way to fasten them.
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