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Old 09-05-2016, 07:15 PM   #1
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Rope lights under slide out

Ok haven't used yet, will this weekend.
I wanted some light, other than awning built ins. As they tend to attract bugs at door line. So went with this. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-07-2016, 04:22 PM   #2
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I like it, I really do. My slides are on the other side, drivers side, but that would be so neat to have them lit up as it gets dark. I usually have two (2) g'son's with me on their bikes and that would definitely show them where the slides are when out. One question though: Are those 12vDC or 120 volt?
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:49 PM   #3
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On my last tt I installed blue rope lights to the gas line underneath the trailer via zip ties. I had the plug at the back of the trailer and would use an extension cord to plug them into the campground's electric box. Worked out pretty well. Provided a soft glow that was bright enough to keep you from tripping over anything that might be laying around at night, but not so bright that it blinded your neighbors.

As far as the bugs around your camper's door at night......we light one of these citronella buckets under the steps.

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Old 09-07-2016, 07:08 PM   #4
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Thurman,
I did 120 volt. Was last minute add on for this weekend. Will be looking at all options soon. As the alternative lighting has really become attractive for our use.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:33 PM   #5
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ne question though: Are those 12vDC or 120 volt?
I installed these on my boat.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DTOAXCE

They are 12 volt and BRIGHT.



I'll definitely be installing them on my new camper when I have the spare funds.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:43 PM   #6
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Sorry... I am really not in any way an electrician, or have any knowledge of electrical mods, so how do you connect these lights to a power source? I really like the idea but have no idea how to proceed.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:51 PM   #7
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I'll take a picture and post shortly. It worked out well and easy. But a picture will be worth 1000 words
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Are there any colors of rope lights that do NOT attract bugs? ... like yellow incandescent light bulbs... which don't attract them to bad... some small bugs come to them at times.
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Yes....12volt color changing LED light strips....
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Love these ....but please respect your neighbors &the love of the stars and turn them off at night if you can see the next door camper reflecting those lights (some of us are wicked sensitive to light when sleeping ...I even have to block the stupid little light over the fridge...)
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I hope you continue to be very lucky and enjoy camping. The thought of attaching an electrical device to the gas line gives me shivers. I realize that the probability of an accident may be low but; the combination of propane and electric spark could be disastrous.
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:30 AM   #13
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Harbor Freight Tools sells a sort of rope light with a solar panel. Mount it
anywhere. I attach the solar panel beside a Maxx Air cover on the roof & run the rope light along the top edge of my trailer. It's not bright but you can see obstacles in the dark & don't need a power source.
Was on sale recently for $9.99.
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LED's. Don't worry they dim
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Ok here is what I did. Keep I mind this was a last minute job as we were going out with the need form ore lighting. My plan will be to convert to 12 volt for perminate lighting.
I picked up 16' rope light at local Walmart. Since these lights can be connected to another set for longer runs. Each end has a removable cap or male plug. So I transport with male end removed. And install it at set up on site. I keep the end that receives male plug end secured under slide out until needed.
This install took about 30 minutes and works well for what it is. Upgrading in off season just to get them slightly more user friendly. But works for what it is. Click image for larger version

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