Well today brought on some hot, humid and sunny weather, so what better way to spend my time then installing what I thought would be an easy and awesome gadget! Number 13 on my list of mods is the Diamond Group 16'4' MULTI COLOR LED AWNING LIGHT KIT.
13 - Diamond group 16'4" multi color LED awning light kit. I will be replacing the factory LED white light strip as it doesn't work properly anyway,...and I like colours
Looking at the kit it was complete. Now my last fifth wheel had the Dometic LED light kit with IR remote and I loved it! I figured that was 4 years ago so things may have gotten better since then. Boy was I wrong.
I have to stand no more than 5 feet away from the IR antenna and point the remote right at the thing. The Dometic kit, I once was 320 feet away and my remote still worked!!!
Anyone thinking of tackling an awning light strip upgrade, it is actually fairly easy. The nice Amish folks at Jayco don't remove the adhesive hacking on the white light strips they put on at the factory. One hard yank and the entire 16 feet of light strip slid out of the factory rail system. That was the easy part.
Finding a good solid positive and negative was the challenge. I figured I would just hook up to the wires used for the factory kit. Well I zero power to the positive lead. I tried to chase the issue down but got frustrated after 2 hours and decided to tie into the basement light.
Other than that the install went pretty smooth.
I meant to take more pictures, but at times was focused and frustrated trying to find a positive lead that actually had power running through it.