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Old 02-17-2016, 10:21 PM   #1
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Quality awning lights?

I know there was a really long thread on here about the LED strip lights being mounted to the RV or awning tube. I put a $30 set of lights off Ebay on our old Grey Wolf, I mounted them to camper just under the "gutter rail". They worked great the first 2 years but at the start of their 3rd season the lights went down hill fast! After only 3 trips the 3rd season only about 1/2 of the lights worked on all the colors, the other 1/2 where hit and miss what colors worked and which didn't. Considering that our TTs are stored inside when not being used, I thought they would have lasted longer.

Now that we have a different TT I want to install some LED lights again because I loved not having to put up and take down lights every trip and also being able to change the colors when ever I wanted.

I am looking for recommendations on a good quality LED strip lights, does anyone have any links for me?
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:44 PM   #2
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A place called railtechled.com contacted me on Twitter and are claiming to have a better product. I know they're still trying to finalize their product lineup and details.

I haven't gotten my hands on any of their stuff, but I'm interested in seeing it in person.
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:03 AM   #3
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I mounted my led strip under the awning when closed....that way you can use them whether the awning is opened or closed. My first strip I bought off of EBay lasted about 2 years........so went to WallyWorld and bought the next set for about 15 bucks......and thy have worked well so far and are easy to replace if something goes bad.
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:22 AM   #4
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I bought ours off of amazon for 30 bucks. It was a 16' string with remote and over 100 light combinations. I put them under the 'gutter' under the awning so I can use them with the awning down or up. This will be the second summer with them and the second winter in NE, so far they've stayed put and still work with no issues.

We saw one dealer trying to sell these as an $200 option on one of the campers at the camper show over the past weekend. They were factory installed but the dealer was charging 200 for them even though they were already installed. Insane. . . .
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:24 AM   #5
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I also put my first set under the awning track as well, they lasted 2 years. When I first put them up I noticed the strip had a soft rubber fell to it and when I removed them after 2 years the plastic strip was hard and cracking. I think this is a key factor of why they do not last, the weatherproof coating hardens over time and is probably expedited when you haul your rig on the road and air blown over them possibly drying them out. My 2 cents.
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:38 PM   #6
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Where did you attach them? I put mine on a flat surface under the awning.


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Where did you attach them? I put mine on a flat surface under the awning.


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On our old camper I mounted them to the gutter rail under the awning, that is where I plan on mounting them on our Passport as well. But this install is going to be a little more involved, now I have 2 awnings to run the lights under totaling about 25ft, also for mounting the controller and running power I will have to tear apart some of our outside kitchen.

I am still trying to figure out which lights I am going to use, I won't be getting the camper out until the end of April so I got a while to decide.
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Get the ones with the IP66 waterproof rating, then use something besides the stock sticky to get them to stay on. I have one set that I got off Amazon for ~$30 that are still going strong after 4 seasons. A few of the LED's have crapped out, but for that price I ain't complaining. Here is a similar set to the ones I have.

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Get the ones with the IP66 waterproof rating, then use something besides the stock sticky to get them to stay on. I have one set that I got off Amazon for ~$30 that are still going strong after 4 seasons. A few of the LED's have crapped out, but for that price I ain't complaining. Here is a similar set to the ones I have.

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Thanks for the link and also the info about the IP66 rating, I didn't know anything about that!
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Old 03-07-2016, 01:09 PM   #10
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can i ask how everyone is powering the LED strip lights they put in. running an extension cord? hard wireing into the 12v system? i am interested in doing this, but would prefer to hardwire in and use the porch light switch to turn them on and off.
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