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Old 04-10-2013, 09:40 AM   #971
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My lights should be in within the hour Fed>USPS. Still looking for suggestions on wiring. I got a manual awning, so there is no hole for the awning power. Any suggestions on putting a hole in the side of my camper to run this wire inside? I have the spot where I am thinking. Would pictures help?
I would simply drill a clean hole, big enough for a rubber grommet, to protect the wire, and seal the whole thing, grommet with wire thru it, with a good clear silicone product. I prefer lexan or another alternative to silicone, but either is fine.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:49 AM   #972
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Thanks guys, those photos are wonderful. I was able to change to the 5050 with the 44 remote. The cost was $22 and change. They asked if I needed the DC converter which I didn't know if I needed. After all the posts in this thread, was it ever decided which is the best way to set up the lights?

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"Best" is highly subjective. There seem to be 2 basic installs:

1) Installing it onto the camper, just under the awning rail
- pros: possibly simpler wiring; doesn't have to be plugged in each time; leaves the awning slot open
- cons: maybe not as cool looking (I'm biased- this is my plan)
2) Installing the LED lights onto the awning tube or into the awning slot
- pros: again, I'm biased to the other way.. it looks cooler?
- cons: you have to plug and unplug the wires each time

The biggest challenge in all of the installs is finding/fishing a power source.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:52 AM   #973
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Seems outside kitchen campers have become popular recently. I believe the fridge used in the outside area is 120 VAC (shore power) only though. The inside one is still DC/propane and shore power dual source.

This is the light from a single strand of 5050 LEDs at full brightness.
I have since doubled the install to two strands and can read (or work) after dark if needed. I normally run the lights dimmed.

Nice job Herk. Your overall outdoor set up looks great and we Know who did the exterior decor , furniture arrangement and color coordination.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:47 PM   #974
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Ugh. This is where my nerves are getting shot. Drilling the hole....
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:22 PM   #975
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Ugh. This is where my nerves are getting shot. Drilling the hole....
I hear ya, my DW told my find another way, no holes allowed. Kinda makes me rethink how I am going to redo everything.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:28 PM   #976
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I hear ya, my DW told my find another way, no holes allowed. Kinda makes me rethink how I am going to redo everything.
I should have a blog on it tonight. But I decided to cut the connectors and splice the controller to the LEDs inside. Gonna grab some telephone splices
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I should have a blog on it tonight. But I decided to cut the connectors and splice the controller to the LEDs inside. Gonna grab some telephone splices
Thank you.
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Success. I will try and blog with pictures tonight. Packing up the camper!
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Success. I will try and blog with pictures tonight. Packing up the camper!
Excellent. Looking forward to the pics. Have fun!
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I hear ya, my DW told my find another way, no holes allowed. Kinda makes me rethink how I am going to redo everything.
I used existing hole for motor power wiring.
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