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Old 03-10-2016, 08:12 AM   #11
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I posted a thread a while back on this modification if you would like more information.
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:53 AM   #12
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I got the 5m strip lights from Amazon.com Make very sure you clean the roller tube with and alcohol swab before you try to attach the lights. HINT order the ones without the power converter.. the lights operate off of 12v dc. This will save you money and since your trailer is 12v it is easy to wire a plug for them.

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Old 03-10-2016, 10:34 AM   #13
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I purchased some from Ebay for about $30 and they lasted about 2 years even though they had the "exterior" specifications. They did stick however.

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Old 03-12-2016, 02:23 PM   #14
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Had them from factory, two years and need to replace
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:31 PM   #15
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Ours are factory installed and they are very bright.
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Old 03-13-2016, 06:55 AM   #16
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I found mine are lasting much better being mounted on the side of the trailer right under the awning. I originally had them mounted on the awning tube but they were continually wet and were dieing after 2 seasons.

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Old 03-13-2016, 07:26 AM   #17
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Our Eagle came with the awning led lights. All the complaints on here about them being too bright baffle me. Ours are not bright enough. They are mounted on the wall underneath the awning and even when the awning is out, they are not bright. When the awning is rolled up, you hardly even know they are on. Have been using them for two years now and I see a lot of comments about having to replace them at two years. I guess we will see soon.

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Old 03-13-2016, 08:33 AM   #18
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I have LED rope lights installed on the side of my trailer, just below the awning. Decided on a sidewall mount (instead of an awning-roller mount for the following reasons: 1) Wanted to be able to use the lights even when the awning wasn't out; 2) Didn't want the lights glaring in my eyes when I was sitting out at night; 3) The white sidewall and the white underside of the awning reflect the light nicely, and bathe the whole "under-awning area" in a nice soft light; 4) Read several post, here, about people having trouble with the "tube-mounted" lights coming loose/burning out after a season of them being rolled up inside a wet awning.

Due to durability concerns, I decided to get "rope" lights, instead of "tape" lights, and mounted them in clear plastic tracks that came in 4' sections. The first set I bought on clearance at Menards for under $20. Really liked the fact that they were 12V solar powered: didn't have to plug them in, and they came on at dusk and lasted most of the night. Ran the wire inside my awning arm mount and stored the 4" x 4" solar panel inside the front slide-thru storage hatch during travel. Just had to pull it out and set in on the battery box to get some sunlight while camping. Unfortunately, I discovered that the shaded campsites I prefer didn't offer enough sunlight to adequately charge the solar panel. So, I'd typically only get about 4 hours of light each night. Then, the first time I cleaned my roof (with Dawn and bleach), the glue melted on the foam double-sided tape, and the tracks fell off. The cleaning mixture also destroyed the lights. (Maybe that's why they were on clearance )

I ended up replacing the lights with a 16' 120V LED rope light that I purchased at Walmart for under $20. It is rather "bluish" in color, but not as "blue" or as bright as the LED lights on newer Jayco's (and other brands). I ran them so the 120V cord/plug is at the front of the trailer. I purchased a 15' white outdoor extension cord - designed for use with outside lights. I also bought an outside digital electric timer, and just plug it into the outside 120V outlet on the side of my trailer. Lights come on automatically at dusk, and run for 2, 3, 4 hours - or whatever I set the timer to. This time, I remounted the plastic tracks with "exterior" grade double-sided tape, and added a little clear silicone sealant to make sure the rope light didn't come out of the track during travel. They've stayed put for 10 months and two roof cleanings. Only down-side is, I won't be able to use the lights if I ever decide to boon-dock . . . at least, not without cranking up the geni!
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:37 AM   #19
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Did you remove the factory strip of LEDs or did you just stick the new one over it?

My awning has only about 30% of the LEDs that work, and are VERY dim at that. I think, since my RV is out of warranty, I'd like to do it myself with just some cheap ones from amazon and am wondering how hard it is to remove the factory strip.

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