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Old 05-11-2013, 04:19 PM   #1251
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What kind or gauge of wire did you use on a power awning and how or where did you thread it to connect to the trailer. I've got the LED strip, but can't figure out how or where to attach power. I'm a newbee so give some detail. Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:19 PM   #1252
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Just finished installing two three Bright White Led Ribbon Strip lights in the cargo hole...The factory only had one light in the cargo area, the other was in the service compartment...now with 300 LED's I believe this will solve my problem...Can't wait until it gets dark to go out and test it...Still have some more LED's to install...One goes in the pots and pans compartment for DW...the other around the inside of the compartment under the bed....think that will about do it for a while..
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:26 PM   #1253
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What kind or gauge of wire did you use on a power awning and how or where did you thread it to connect to the trailer. I've got the LED strip, but can't figure out how or where to attach power. I'm a newbee so give some detail. Thanks.
I used telephone wire (4 conductor) to connect the lights to the control. I used some red and black 2 wire I had in the garage for the 12 volt DC. It only needs an amp or so and wire size is not all that relevant for the power. Look at the 12 volt pigtail they give you. Anything bigger than that is overkill.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #1254
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How did you attach your light strip to the awning tube? Tape or a temporary mount of some kind?
Just regular double faced tape. I didn't go with the fancy outdoor tape, as I don't expect it to get very wet. I can always change it later.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:06 PM   #1255
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Where did you install the strip on the exterior. I've seen some attached to the trailer just under where the awning rolls up to store, others in the barrel of the awning when it is extended. Looks like your's is on the side of the trailer from the installation pic you took. BTW, great response with the pic attached, I see that the sensor poretion of the control is the only thing on the outside. If your's was installed in the barrel of the extended awning, how did you afix the long wire?

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Old 05-11-2013, 10:18 PM   #1256
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Herk7769,
Where did you install the strip on the exterior. I've seen some attached to the trailer just under where the awning rolls up to store, others in the barrel of the awning when it is extended. Looks like your's is on the side of the trailer from the installation pic you took. BTW, great response with the pic attached, I see that the sensor poretion of the control is the only thing on the outside. If your's was installed in the barrel of the extended awning, how did you afix the long wire?

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Herk and a few of us mounted them on the bottom of the rail holding the awning, not on the fiberglas side of the camper.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:29 PM   #1257
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Good looking install.

I did something I haven't seen yet on here (I think) and thought I'd share.
I wanted my LED strip on my awning tube, so I know I needed to hook it up after the awning was deployed. I already have an extension I bought from Amazon, and also wanted to utilize the outdoor light above the door for simplicity, but did not want to take it off or modify the internals to tap power so I can use the light as stock again if needed.

My brain fart is this - I used a spare bulb, broke off the glass and removed the filament, then soldered the included adapter plug to the exposed leads making sure I used heat shrink tubing to insulate them,
This is what it wound up looking like - pretty simple really.


Then just placed it all in the housing with the 4 pin connector and IR detector hanging out of a small hole in the bottom of the housing. I just need to silicone up the hole, and done.


I already tested it and it works great. Maybe this will help other forum members.
Same way I did mine.

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SHOW OFF !! It looks great as usual.
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Thanks. By using the bottom of the awning attachment rail, the LEDs are pointed kinda down and not straight out (side mounted). Careful placement will allow a double strip if you want to.

The wall mounted one's I have seen have had a lot of glare when looking towards the camper (IMO).

I have not seen a tube mounted set, but if installed in the slot some of the light looks like it might be blocked and the accessory slot would be unavailable for sun screens or other cool accessories.
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