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Old 03-13-2014, 08:20 AM   #1
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12v light into the front storage compartment of a 5th wheel

Has anyone ever wired in a 12v light into the front storage compartment of a 5th wheel. Ours is the Sierra 35QBQ model. Any thoughts or ideas of where to splice it into or some other way different way of installing it.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
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I bought a light off eBay that looks like the ones in the other compartments for $4. I was just going to tie it to the bus bar next to the battery. Need to get around to doing that.
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Don't remember whether my Flagstaff came with one or whether I added it, I also wired a micro switch to it so it comes on when the door is opened. Hopefully it goes off when closed. Don't trust TOWTA to close the door with me inside and she won't let me try it with her inside.

Would have liked to get FT Turbs in it to check it out and he chickened out also.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:24 AM   #4
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Do you have any wires showing in the storage area??
Bring a meter and check if they are hot all the time or just when running
lights are on.
I had a worthless outside hitch lite on mine so tying into that wire was
easy. I say worthless because the switch on those outside hitch lights
typically rust up within a year of new.
I got a little dome light from a marine supply that has red and white option.
I can get in my storage and not ruin my night vision!!
Course I'm old and wear glasses so I don't have much night vision to ruin...
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Ha, that's on my to do list and was actually working on it last night. No doubt there are several 12v wires running thru the storage area like mine that you can splice in to. Or you can come off the battery. Just be careful and make sure you don't reverse the polarity. Use a volt meter to find a 12v line and kill the main breaker as well as disconnecting the battery before you start messing with the wiring. And there are tons of RV lights on ebay and amazon. Other than saving a couple of pennies, I've never understood why FR does not put a light in the front bay.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:47 AM   #6
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Just use an auto night light from Lowes they are $12 and battery (self contained) operated, can be magnetically of screw mounted, give a lot of light and if it is daylight or bright enough, they do not come on. Good cheap easy.
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Just use an auto night light from Lowes they are $12 and battery (self contained) operated, can be magnetically of screw mounted, give a lot of light and if it is daylight or bright enough, they do not come on. Good cheap easy.
Great idea John...but that takes all the fun out of it.
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Don't remember whether my Flagstaff came with one or whether I added it, I also wired a micro switch to it so it comes on when the door is opened. Hopefully it goes off when closed. Don't trust TOWTA to close the door with me inside and she won't let me try it with her inside.



Would have liked to get FT Turbs in it to check it out and he chickened out also.

Just put the free beer at the back of your storage. When he climbs in after it, close it up.
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Just put the free beer at the back of your storage. When he climbs in after it, close it up.
I'll only fall for that deal once

But hey free "room" "board" and "beer" what else could a guy ask for?

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Just put the free beer at the back of your storage. When he climbs in after it, close it up.
Why waste a beer? He'd just drink it and it would be cycled thru' his system and he'd just leave a mess like he did at OC N T Fab shop.
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Don't remember whether my Flagstaff came with one or whether I added it, I also wired a micro switch to it so it comes on when the door is opened. Hopefully it goes off when closed. Don't trust TOWTA to close the door with me inside and she won't let me try it with her inside.

Would have liked to get FT Turbs in it to check it out and he chickened out also.
Yours came with a light and you added a rocker switch. God I hate to have watch everything you post....... Remember you gave me 3 of them for my hatches? ......
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Compartment Light

LED Puck lights from Walmart, 3 in a pack, not much money but use VERY short screws if screwing to floor. I used Velcro and put 2 on the Aluminum floor supports. Batteries lasted all last season plus still going. Trouble is, I have 1 left that I'm fighting over with the Boss!
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I installed an LED strip the length of my pass through with 3-way switches at each door, works awesome and gives great light to the entire compartment. I would imagine you could do the same in your compartment minus the 3-ways.
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Yours came with a light and you added a rocker switch. God I hate to have watch everything you post....... Remember you gave me 3 of them for my hatches? ......
Hey Catfish, they were micro switches, not rocker switches. Jeez!

Didn't give them to you for your hatches, gave them to you for storage doors and I bet $ you still haven't installed them!
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Have a look at post #13 in this thread from RodeoGoerge

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...s-36212-2.html
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