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Old 04-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #1121
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Another Question about electrical connections

Somewhere in the previous 112 pages I believe that I read that the controller must be connected correctly to the LED strip to avoid damage. The output connector on the controller female plug has an arrow moulded into it above pin 1... the male plug on the LED strip also has an arrow moulded into it but this arrow is between pins 2 and 3.... Since the connectors are not keyed in any way, one would think that the arrows should match to indicate the correct way to connect them? Any ideas or has anyone else faced this issue? Hopefully my photo with enhancements will depict what I am talking about.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:30 PM   #1122
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If by chance you have to pull the LED's back off to re-arrange there position on the gel-coat, beware, the sticky back is only good for one try...what is left is a mess and if you use something like Goof-Off to get it off, make sure there is not a decal involved, it will remove the ink right off the decal..I know!
I would suggest spraying a little wendex on the gelcoat first, enough to place the lights where you want them...the wendix will dry and with a little heat involved even quicker....should have done this on mine to get them placed correctly..not happy with where they are now..when I can get up high enough, I plan to remove the lights and replace them with the 3M Double Sided Tape that comes with a red vinyl cover over the stickly part...getting the tape tomorrow just in case I have time this week at Pigeon Forge:
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:34 PM   #1123
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I did not stick mine to the Gel-Coat. I stuck it to the underside of the awning material rail. If you are careful, there is room for a double strip of LEDs.

Once you stick them up, they won't be coming down, so plan ahead if you think you might want a double strip.

Placed on the rail, the LEDs face downward and outward (about 60 degrees) so the illumination is awesome.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:36 PM   #1124
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Since I was up at the top of a step ladder, I could not work well at the height..when I can get comfortable in a good working position, I can do a better job..thanks
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:51 PM   #1125
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Herk had good luck with his using the 3M that came on the leds, but mine came loose within about 2 or 3 days, so I cleaned the rail again and used 3M outdoor 2 sided tape and haven't had any problems to date. I mounted them on the flat surface of the awning rail, not on the trailer itself.
That I think is exactly what I think needs to be done...and I say that because I can feel the ....bumps....so to say....on the tape side. I really think they won't last long...so I will attach them to begin with - with the 2 sided tape....always OC!!!
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:22 PM   #1126
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Somewhere in the previous 112 pages I believe that I read that the controller must be connected correctly to the LED strip to avoid damage. The output connector on the controller female plug has an arrow moulded into it above pin 1... the male plug on the LED strip also has an arrow moulded into it but this arrow is between pins 2 and 3.... Since the connectors are not keyed in any way, one would think that the arrows should match to indicate the correct way to connect them? Any ideas or has anyone else faced this issue? Hopefully my photo with enhancements will depict what I am talking about.
Just so you don't think your talking to yourself,I had the very same issue. The arrows (Don't line up).Mine had arrows on both sides,that didn't line up. I flipped a coin and pluged them in. Good luck. Youroo!!
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #1127
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Arrows

Mine were on both sides, lined up either way...taped the plugs together...hopefully they want come un-plugged down the road somewhere...Think I will order another set of lights just to have..The supplier I used thought I was having a problem with the controller and the sending unit, sent me a complete new hardware set, less the lights...so if I had the leds, I would have another set...
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:25 PM   #1128
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Somewhere in the previous 112 pages I believe that I read that the controller must be connected correctly to the LED strip to avoid damage. The output connector on the controller female plug has an arrow moulded into it above pin 1... the male plug on the LED strip also has an arrow moulded into it but this arrow is between pins 2 and 3.... Since the connectors are not keyed in any way, one would think that the arrows should match to indicate the correct way to connect them? Any ideas or has anyone else faced this issue? Hopefully my photo with enhancements will depict what I am talking about.
The BLACK wire (common) is the wire which is normally beneath the arrow that is on the side of the connector.

Of course you cannot tell this with the round cable, but I did a continuity check to determine this on the connectors that I have.

So think BLACK = ARROW

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Old 04-21-2013, 09:57 PM   #1129
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On our Crusader 270RET, the bug lite is right at the end of our awning, which is right over the door..with that said, I took all the stuff out of the light fixture and replaced it with the little white box, the ant. wiring and the DC lead tapped into the wiring, which is controled by the switch on the interior..The ant. lead sticks out a small hole that I drilled and caulked, along with the LED Wiring lead I also drilled out and caulked...there is a small amount of wiring from the light box to the LED;s, by placing a Ty-Wrap achor pad, you can hold that down along with the Ant. Lead done the same way..I know a picture is worth more that words...plan on finishing that up this morning..right now its 37 degrees here in Dallas, GA...winters back..
If you get the chance, could you post some pics. My lights are on order and had the same idea of using the outside light for power.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:00 AM   #1130
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LED's

Need about a foot of the 3/8" White flexible wire loom covering...heading out this morning, know I've seen some at Pep Boys, AutoZone, Advance or O'Reillys...On the internet you have to order like 300 feet...all I need is foot!
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:43 AM   #1131
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Well after reading and looking at everyone's pictures I decided to pull the trigger and I ordered a set. I am sure I will get the typical eye roll from the DW but she knows me after all these years..!

Has anyone mounted these to a C.C. 36RE out there or am I the first..?
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This weekend, one comment from a young fellow on my lights, one comment about the LEDs in my Polymer Products globes, and 2 comments about my Jeep being a diesel.... Guess it all depends on the campground because last week, tons of comments...
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #1133
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Somewhere in the previous 112 pages I believe that I read that the controller must be connected correctly to the LED strip to avoid damage. The output connector on the controller female plug has an arrow moulded into it above pin 1... the male plug on the LED strip also has an arrow moulded into it but this arrow is between pins 2 and 3.... Since the connectors are not keyed in any way, one would think that the arrows should match to indicate the correct way to connect them? Any ideas or has anyone else faced this issue? Hopefully my photo with enhancements will depict what I am talking about.
Thanks to all who have responded.. I finally received a reply from the person (auction site) that I purchased them from... He is re-shipping me another kit that has the correct plug markings.. can't complain about that other than the additional 8 day wait to get going on the project...
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #1134
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Puff..Leds

If your bug light is where it is shown, then you can tie right into your DC wiring at the light...That's what we did on our Crusader270RET...used a small piece of white 3/8" loom wire cover to hide the exposed wiring..the white box and wiring went inside the bug lite...drilled a small hole for the ant. wire to hang out..
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:07 AM   #1138
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I don't know if this is helpful for hanging the outside LEDs, but I found this video and thought it might help with some questions.

HOW TO: Convert Fluorescent RV Lights to LEDs - YouTube
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:17 AM   #1139
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I don't know if this is helpful for hanging the outside LEDs, but I found this video and thought it might help with some questions.

HOW TO: Convert Fluorescent RV Lights to LEDs - YouTube
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:50 PM   #1140
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I am going to use 12 volts to power my LED strip. The kits I am looking at comes with the IR remote box, but I do not see a pigtail wire to power the box. Is this a separate wiring loom I need to purchase?
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