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Old 06-26-2015, 07:00 AM   #1
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Awning "scare" lights

Last weekend, our awning lights (they are in the awning tube) stuck to the awning as it unrolled and caused half of the lights to no longer work. I figure that this probably isn't covered under warranty and was wondering where I could find a replacement light strip. I searched on camping world and didn't see any that slide into the tube. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-26-2015, 07:16 AM   #2
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If you still have a warranty, I don't see why it wouldn't be. That's not a so called maintenance item. I would atleast call the dealer first.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:52 PM   #3
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Ours had burnt out "bulbs" when we bought it new, and replacement was covered under warranty. Agree with gljurczyk - get it fixed under warranty.

Now a couple of questions:
1. Is that a Solaire TT in your post? If so, what model? We have a 269bhdsk and love it.
2. Any idea why the strip came out and/or what should be done to prevent a repeat? Reason I ask is that in the last bit of unrolling of our awning, the awning material is someties "stuck" to the awning tube. Never came close to ripping or pulling the light strip out, but I could see how it could happen if conditions were right.

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Old 06-26-2015, 02:07 PM   #4
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Swapping out Awning LED strip with after market strip

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Unless there is a safety mechanism to prevent accidentally turning the lights on when the awning is rolled up, this may happen again. Eben though they are LEDs they do generate heat. If the awning was rolled up and the LEDs were turned on, you would not notice it and they would heat up enough to allow them to separate from the backing and possibly damage the awning. You might want to consider putting them on the TT just under the awning. Lots of choices here.
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It is a (2015) they bought it New,should be a Warr.item! Youroo!!
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I see you have the same type awning that I have..

Not to hijack the thread..

BUT ALWAYS.ALWAYS..ALWAYS

tilt the awning so the water will drain off...

I was told this camper had the automatic dump feature that some new campers have...

it does not...see below..

Awning Arm failure
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These lights are LED...VERY low level of heat..

my guess is the Vinyl headed up and caused the lights to stick to the vinyl, I have noticed that it does seem "sticky" sometimes...


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Unless there is a safety mechanism to prevent accidentally turning the lights on when the awning is rolled up, this may happen again. Eben though they are LEDs they do generate heat. If the awning was rolled up and the LEDs were turned on, you would not notice it and they would heat up enough to allow them to separate from the backing and possibly damage the awning. You might want to consider putting them on the TT just under the awning. Lots of choices here.
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It is a general misconception that LEDs do not generate heat. They do generate heat especially the brighter ones and in a space where the heat can not dissipate they will get hot. A quick search will show some that have melted the plastic dome on interior lights.
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I do not disagree, I just know that LED's between 2,500 and 6,000k only put out about 3.4 british thermal units as opposed to 85 BTU's from a 12V incandescent bulb. I have a Palomino Solaire as well, just speaking from experience from the same type of awning set up.
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