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Old 05-06-2013, 09:13 PM   #1211
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Originally placed mine directly on the Gel-coat just under the awning...probably about two inch's...pulling the lights back off next weekend and placing them directly to the awning attachment rail attached to the side. Think that will look a bit better to me....Purchased another set to replace the one that I take off, that way the adhesive back will be fresh..also have the 3M tape just in case I need it...I can use the old set that I take off somewhere else...like on the other side maybe???



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Mine sagged on the ends as well, until I used clear silicone to affix them. Just a dab on the last six inches seems to help. Pulled 60 miles or so and been 4 weeks and they still are there and feel solidly attached.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:22 PM   #1212
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...I can use the old set that I take off somewhere else...like on the other side maybe???
I used a set in the pantry and threaded it around to the bottoms of the shelves and put a microswitch on the door.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:29 PM   #1213
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Ran into my first issue. My silicone didn't set right around my hole. Well, I think it was the unexpected thunderstorm (should have watched the weather) less than an hour after applications. Should I try again with silicone or use something else.

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Old 05-06-2013, 09:34 PM   #1214
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Ran into my first issue. My silicone didn't set right around my hole. Well, I think it was the unexpected thunderstorm (should have watched the weather) less than an hour after applications. Should I try again with silicone or use something else.

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Pull them down, clean with alcohol and use 3m 2sided outdoor tape.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:35 PM   #1215
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Pull them down, clean with alcohol and use 3m 2sided outdoor tape.
OC, it was the silicone on my hole and wire grommet.
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OC, it was the silicone on my hole and wire grommet.
My mistake, should have clicked on LKicklight's post.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:52 PM   #1217
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You all are causing me to spend way too much money Got mine most of the way completed today with the exception of finalizing the 12V connection.

I think I have learned from everyone on this thread though which has been a good part of me getting this on later. Too start with I have a 21 foot awning (had to put two sections together.) So I got to work on my soldering skills.



Next I decided to use some outdoor sprinkler low voltage wire to run from the lights, down the awning poles and into the camper. More soldering:



Finally I used the 3M tape that came with the lights, and also used silicone on both ends of the lights. I also used some to cover the small break/gap in the two sections and put a couple of beads of silicone about every 3 feet to help keep everything secure. Made sure to put enough silicone around the hole where the current power wires run through the camper after pulling the cable in.

Last but not least, run a quick test to make sure that everything worked (no solder yet, just some electrical tape.)

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Old 05-06-2013, 10:36 PM   #1218
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Cutting the 3M tape

We had the same problem with the knife getting stuck in the tape when we first tried to split the tape width, and we didn't have a band saw. Our second attempt went much better - we cut pieces about 12" long (easier to work with that way anyway) and taped it to a piece of the "release" non-stick aluminum foil. From there we just used a utility knife and split the pieces. Came right off the aluminum foil without any problems.
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Originally placed mine directly on the Gel-coat just under the awning...probably about two inch's...pulling the lights back off next weekend and placing them directly to the awning attachment rail attached to the side. Think that will look a bit better to me....Purchased another set to replace the one that I take off, that way the adhesive back will be fresh..also have the 3M tape just in case I need it...I can use the old set that I take off somewhere else...like on the other side maybe???
I doubled my lights.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:46 PM   #1220
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I have seen many of the posts in this thread asking about weather sealing. I think I found a good solution. It is called Liquid Tape. You make your connections, then coat with this. I turns into solid rubber and completely seals. Available in many colors.

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