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Old 03-19-2013, 08:39 AM   #11
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Thanks again! That's what I like about this site!!
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:00 AM   #12
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Have you guys got pics on how you did this??
The set I ordered was waterproof. There are a few verisons out there and for the extra $5.00 I went with the Amazon set since shipping was 2 day and I could return it very easily through their policies. Some of the cheaper versions only use a tube over the LED's which will lead to issues in the elements. The set I have are installed the same as above and came with 3M adhesive on the back to simply stick them on. Over the LED's is a flexible membrane that encapsulates the entire LED tape keeping it waterproof. I have not tried them yet this season but all last they worked fine.

They can be cut to length at certain 2 ft sections and I would seal them again at the cut with silicone or heat shrink tubing to prevent wicking of water down the board.

Depending on what you choose will depend on the options available. I chose the warm white option and a 12V install so I can use them on and off the grid. The wire is run down my arms and through the wall of the unit to a dimmer switch in my hanging locker. I do not have any pictures of this curently.

If they last 3-4 years I will be happy as the hanging ones seem to get that before something burns out or breaks nowadays. It's an easy replacment since the wiring is there already. I simply roll out the awning and plug in the strip.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:28 AM   #13
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BTW, can these be cut to length? My awning is 13' on my X23B.
Just the question that was in my head! I'm going to give these a try too. Love the idea of not wasting time hanging & removing awning lights on each trip.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:05 AM   #14
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You would have to check the individual ones that you order, but most say that you can cut them segments, usually every 3 LED without any effect.

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Just the question that was in my head! I'm going to give these a try too. Love the idea of not wasting time hanging & removing awning lights on each trip.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #15
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Thanks all for the information...

And I'm with southpaw, I don't like untangling light cords, etc., when I set-up camp.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:59 PM   #16
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I wanted to install lights permanently to my new camper awning.

On my previous Sunnybrook I installed an 18' incandescent rope light on the awning using Awning Hook-Ups. They worked great and lasted for many years. I rolled them up in the awning. It stretched the vinyl fabric slightly, but never caused a hole or tear.

I bought an LED rope light at Wal-Mart that was supposed to be warm white. It was OK, but attracted bugs.

I read on another forum of a 16' weatherproof adhesive LED light strip. The guy claims he installed his 2 seasons ago and is working and sticking to the awning.

Following that lead I ordered the set he listed from Amazon for $39:
Amazon.com: Abco Tech®Waterproof 150 Color Changing SMD5050 LED Lighting Strip Kit RGB 16.4ft +44 Remote: Home Improvement

Similar products can be found on eBay for less.

Packaging is nice. The instructions are not.

The kit comes with a 12V control box with IR receiver. A 120V to 12V power supply, a remote control and 5m (16') of 5050 RGB Flash SMD LED with 3M adhesive backing.

I cleaned the awning tube per instructions with alcohol (rubbing not ethyl). The strip was EXACTLY the length of my awning tube, so no cutting was required. I pressed it down firmly, per instructions. And repeated several hours later. It appeared to adhere well. I secured both ends with zip ties.

Each end has a female plug, so the control box can be attached at either end. The 120v power supply plugs into the control box.

I remove the control box and power supply before retracting the awning. I can easily reach the plug with the awning deployed with a step stool. I have a Dometic 9500 electric awning.

The lights stay attached to the awning tube and roll up. The plugs just extend past the end of the awning and cause no interference to opening or closing.

I use the same light sensor I used with my old rope lights to turn the lights on at dusk and off at whatever time interval I wish they stay on.

The remote allows MANY different colors, fade, flash, dim, and a ton of things I'll never need. When on bright, they are bright! Dim is a soft glow. I can change to a yellow color if bugs are a problem.

So far, I've been impressed. Time will tell how they hold up. But for now, I'm a happy camper.

Here are a few pictures.

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Well Russell now you done it. Based on your excellent post I just bought those lights from Amazon. I'll let you guys know how the install goes after I get them
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I should have asked for a commission on LED strip light sales from Amazon....:hihi:
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great thread, this is making me think I may need new lights as well. nice set up!
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:23 AM   #19
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Ok guys I have these on my 5er but if you mount them on the awning tube you still have to get the cord out and plug them in. What I did was mounted them on the side of the 5er just below the awning mounting rail. Then ran the cord up the awning arm bracket in the same spot as the power for the awning. Which on my 5vr runs in to one of my storage bins. Where I have a plug.so all I have to do is grab my remote. You get the same lighting either way.
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I thought about doing the same thing as hammer, but my wife wouldn't let me stick them to the side of the camper. I ended up sticking them to the awning tube, but I ran the wire up through the awning arm up onto the roof. Then I ran it over to the fridge vent and down.From there I stuck the controller on the back side of the fridge cover with the IR receiver sticking out of cover. I then picked 12-volt up from the 12-volt that supplies the fridge. These lights are such a small draw, I wasn't concerned about overloading the circuit. That way I don't have to run the converter to go from 110-12 volt and if I really want, I can have lights when not plugged into shore power. Makes it kind of nice when the power pops at the campground - that has happened to us way too many times.
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