Has everyone found this thread? My Solution to Awning Lights
Hope so, because I have also installed them, and they really are that cool!
If you read that thread in full, the choices to implement these lights are varied, but here's what I did:
- Ran new 14g red & black wires from the battery, under the frame, and over to the entry door. I used trailer wiring clips and some zip ties to hold things in place
- Left the ground wire tucked up under the camper frame by the door, but ran the red (hot) only up through the floor and into the Media Center column
- Installed a toggle switch to interrupt the hot wire, then ran the lead back down through the floor to meet up with the ground wire (I could have / should have just grounded to the frame instead of to the battery and saved myself some wire...)
- Used weatherproof connectors throughout. Now I have about 18" worth of hot & ground wire tucked up under the camper that I can pull out to the base of the awning pole whenever I set up the awning.
- Made my own wires to connect the LED control box, which I Velcro to the awning, down the support post and underneath the Roo, where the hot/ground wires come out
- I attached the LED lights to the awning pole using the sticky tape provided (did not try and feed it into the groove because it would have interfered with the strap)
While parts of this set up are not 'permanent' like some of the other folks have done, particularly those with power awnings, all in all this works pretty well (I carry a 4' ladder so putting the control box up isn't a challenge each time I set up camp). And the toggle switch allows me to shut off the lights w/o having to find the remote, and ensures the hot lead that stays under the camper during travel isn't powered up.
I don't have a picture of them in operation yet (will get some after this weekend), but here are a few of the install. The dark one is tough to see, but I included it to show the z-clips and that there is plenty of room to tuck the wires up safely for travel.