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Old 04-29-2012, 06:10 PM   #31
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I also installed this switch, down low. I can reach in from outside to turn stuff off and on.



One side goes down to run some LED strip lighting I ordered. It'll go along the bottom of the trailer, or maybe stuck to the rollup awning. I'll decide after it gets here.

The other switch goes up to the distribution box the bargman connector goes into. It powers the parking/running light circuit and then runs over to my flagpole for an LED camp locater on the top of the flagpole. Because all of its LED except for the license plate light, it only draws 2.2A. I can leave them turned on all night while we are out riding and still be able to find myself in the dark.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:19 PM   #32
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Great looking install Rod!
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:45 PM   #33
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Thanks Herk. Been watching TV in there all day. The controller finally came off 'trickle' as the marine layer rolled in and the sun got too low. It'll probably be another hour before the solar system won't do anything.
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Hi Rod,

Everything is looking great, I look forward to reading your results from additional testing of the system when camping. You're fire extinguisher appears to be a half bubble out of plumb, I hope you did a better job leveling the switch. Dennis
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Rod, thanks for the link and advice. I ordered a dozen of these... they say the color temperature 6500K to 7000K. These would look bluish for sure. You mentioned they have warmer, which I think would be better in bedroom and maybe under counter. From what I read 4000K would be more in line, but so far can't find them on ebay. Any help? Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:40 AM   #36
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Rod, thanks for the link and advice. I ordered a dozen of these... they say the color temperature 6500K to 7000K. These would look bluish for sure. You mentioned they have warmer, which I think would be better in bedroom and maybe under counter. From what I read 4000K would be more in line, but so far can't find them on ebay. Any help? Thanks.
They are bluish, I think I posted a pic contrasting the two colors. Honestly, after about 5 minutes in the trailer, you won't even notice the light.

I experimented with doing one LED and one bulb in each fixture to kind of even things out, and found that it just didn't matter to me the color difference.

Searching for warm white LEDs, the only ones I could find were these: 36 SMD 3528 LED Light Panel Warm White Festoon Dome Adapters 144LM 12V DC | eBay

They have seperate bases to fit different fixtures, some guys have used them with okay results. The problem is getting the LED panel to stay put.

Lemme know what you think of your LEDs once you get them in, never hurts to have an extra opinion to help the next guy decide.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:44 AM   #37
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Well, I'm happy to report we went 4 full days and nights boondocking it out at Soggy Dry Lake with no generator usage at all.

We had to be a little conservative with the water as there were 3 of us, but in no way were we conservative about the electricity usage.
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Not the best picture but....



I picked up one of those LED strips and stuck it on the frame of the trailer. I need to pickup one more to finish going down the one side. Sure makes spotting which trailer is mine at night a lot easier
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I picked up one of those LED strips and stuck it on the frame of the trailer. I need to pickup one more to finish going down the one side. Sure makes spotting which trailer is mine at night a lot easier
Nice work Rod.

I've found a source (was it really lost? :-) of weatherproof (by what standard?) 3.3' LED strip for from $7.99 to $10.99 to run down the length of frame and probably across the rear. LED Lights, LED Strips 3.3 Ft, 60 x 5050 SMD Flexible LED Light Strip with Silicon Cover | Meritline.com

I was also looking for rectangular LED taillights similar in size to the original, but haven't found what I like, yet.

A bright LED 3rd brake light mounted high over the ramp door would enhance safety and visibility.... have you ever thought of doing that? Not sure of anyone posted on this site this (?)

All my clearance lights are LEDs now. I made the simple plug that stores the umbilical and powers up the running / clearance lights, but don't use it with the standard taillight bulbs... or rarely. I need to install a double switch like you did to control them from inside. It was funny / stupid of me when I plugged in the clearance lights. I didn't have power on but changed them all out. Then, 3 of them didn't work once I powered up. I thought what the heck, quality not so good, but then it hit me "diode" and turned them around and all worked. On 1 or 2 and had to bend out the little wire on the bulb to make dependable contact.

Meantime inside, the hotter LEDs are becoming more 'acceptable or normal', and do put out more light than the warmer ones and about the same as standard incandescent. I put the warmer over the sink and in the bedroom (2 double lights). The warmer is more pleasant for sure, but for younger eyes.
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Nice work Rod.

I've found a source (was it really lost? :-) of weatherproof (by what standard?) 3.3' LED strip for from $7.99 to $10.99 to run down the length of frame and probably across the rear. LED Lights, LED Strips 3.3 Ft, 60 x 5050 SMD Flexible LED Light Strip with Silicon Cover | Meritline.com

I was also looking for rectangular LED taillights similar in size to the original, but haven't found what I like, yet.

A bright LED 3rd brake light mounted high over the ramp door would enhance safety and visibility.... have you ever thought of doing that? Not sure of anyone posted on this site this (?)

All my clearance lights are LEDs now. I made the simple plug that stores the umbilical and powers up the running / clearance lights, but don't use it with the standard taillight bulbs... or rarely. I need to install a double switch like you did to control them from inside. It was funny / stupid of me when I plugged in the clearance lights. I didn't have power on but changed them all out. Then, 3 of them didn't work once I powered up. I thought what the heck, quality not so good, but then it hit me "diode" and turned them around and all worked. On 1 or 2 and had to bend out the little wire on the bulb to make dependable contact.

Meantime inside, the hotter LEDs are becoming more 'acceptable or normal', and do put out more light than the warmer ones and about the same as standard incandescent. I put the warmer over the sink and in the bedroom (2 double lights). The warmer is more pleasant for sure, but for younger eyes.
I hadn't given much thought to a 3rd brake light as the ones on the trailer are already so bright.

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