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Old 07-07-2016, 10:49 AM   #31
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BuddyRay, is your outdoor temp sensor waterproof or do you have to bring it inside when traveling?
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:32 PM   #32
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Wireman,
It's like a watch, it's water resistant.
I leave it out while traveling but take it in when in storage.
But note that it is mounted way up under the 5th wheel overhang.
I used this same unit with my previous TT and there I didn't have a protected place to mount it so I did bring it in when traveling.
But the magnetic mount makes this super easy.


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Old 07-07-2016, 05:23 PM   #33
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BuddyRay, thanks for the info. I figured if I ever forgot to bring one in, when traveling it would be nice if it could withstand a rainstorm.


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Old 10-25-2016, 10:56 PM   #34
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Another LED Dimmer Mod

Worked on the trailer again last week.
And I have a new idea for mounting the LED Dimmers to show you!

Like so many of you, I found the brightness of the awning LEDs to be extreme.
It also bugged me that the step courtesy light was on the same switch - since when the LED is on, you can't even tell if the step light is on. It would be nice to have that step light on when you don't want the LED on.
I ordered the Dimmer suggested by iPlumb in this post.
I was expecting a major rewiring job - but it turned out to be easier (at least on my model) than expected. The hard part will be explaining it this may get a little long but bear with me.

First, off, I wanted to find out where the step light and the LED strip were connected in my 26.5 RLS. I was afraid it would be in the wall or something but I started by removing the control panel (where the slideout switches, water heater switches, etc. are.) This panel just unscrews with 6 screws. There is also an area behind it - accessible through the cabinet where the control board for the remote is located. That's where I mounted my power monitors earlier in this thread - you can see photos about 2 pages back.

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Above you can see what I found. In this view, the second switch from the right (the rightmost slot is filled by a blank plate) is the LED switch. Notice there is a pink wire with white stripe that supplies 12v + to two switches (the other one is the "security light"). Then a pink wire comes out of that switch and is mated with the black wire. A little experimentation determined that the pink wire goes straight to the Step light. The black wire is a little more complicated, we'll get to that in a moment.

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So the first step is to remove the pink and black wires from the connector, add a second switch in place of the blank connector and wire the pink and black wires to seperate switches.
Here is the switch you need.

Here's what it looks like from the front:
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Note that in the photo I used a lighted switch - that's because I ordered the wrong thing from Amazon at first - I've since received the plain black switch and replaced it.
So now I can turn the LED's or the Step lights on and off separately. I really don't understand why Jayco doesn't do this from the factory - come on Jayco - it's a $2 switch.

Also note that I've removed the blank plate on the bottom row. I'll also get to that in the next post.
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On to the Dimmer install

I really wanted to mount my dimmer in the switch panel so I started digging a bit more. Here's what I found.

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What you are looking at is the remote control board. Wires attach down the left side for various circuits including slide outs, the Levelup System, etc. The bottom set of screws is for the LED lights.
Notice the two wires (black and white) I'm holding between my fingers. The black wire goes to a terminal on the board. Attached to that same terminal is another black wire that goes through a Knot along with a white wire.
The black and white wire in the knot go to the back of the switch board in the previous photos. The black wire goes to the switch and the white wire simply ties into a common ground.
The black and white wire in my fingers head off through the bottom of the cabinet to the LED lights. I was able to fish enough excess wire from these two to allow me to cut them and install the dimmer into this circuit.

Here is the dimmer control box (opened up for reasons that will become apparent in a minute) with the wires attached. I simply cut the wires my fingers were holding in the previous photo. The "IN" wires are the ones coming from the remote board, the "OUT" wires are those that head out to the LED. I tested everything with it all apart and it worked well.
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If you notice inside that dimmer control box there are only two things - a very small control board and a potentiometer (a variable resistor - the thing you turn). No reason they have to stay in that stupid plastic box. The board is held down by two tiny screws, you pry the knob off the potentiometer (also called a POT for short) shaft and unscrew a nut holding it in.

Next I took the blank plate that I removed from the "Awning 2 Extend" position and, using my vise and a 1/4 inch drill, popped a hole in it.
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Next I mounted the POT into the blank plate.
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You'll also note that I wrote the IN + - and OUT + - on the green connector since, once it's away from the plastic box you need that information handy.

I'll show you how I finished it up in the last post on this topic.
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Finish of the Dimmer Post

So I took the dimmer control board and POT mounted in the blank plate back to the RV. I hooked the wires to the LED back up to the connectors on the board and stuck the board to the back of the switch panel with double sided foam tape - but frankly you could just let it hang there.
Then I popped the blank plate into it's hole and here's what it looks like from the back.
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And here's what it looks like once the panel is put back in place.
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Of course the engraved white labels don't completely match but I made a small "Dimmer" label with my label maker.

As I said earlier - I've since replaced the red switch with a plain black one.

So now I have three light switches - Security, Exterior one (which is the step light), Exterior 2 (which is the awning and front cap LED's). And the LED Dimmer is right below the LED switch.

There is still the issue of "if you turn it on with the remote, you must turn it off with the remote" issue. But the dimmer works no matter which switch you use to turn it on. In fact, the dimmer will turn it off as well. In fact, come to think of it, you could probably leave out the switch altogether and just use the Dimmer if you want.

I know this is kind of long winded - so if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:57 PM   #37
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Are you anchoring into the walls or attaching with 3M or similar products? If so, how? I'm always afraid I'm going to end up with stripped out screw holes
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Dnbgould, which mod are you asking about? Most are screwed in but the broom mount is a 3M.


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There is still the issue of "if you turn it on with the remote, you must turn it off with the remote" issue.
Is it safe to assume (hate that word) that the switches are 12VDC and the output of the RC unit to the lights is 12VDC? If so, do a search on "LATCHING" relays. They only need a single pulse to trigger the relay. So if you press the switch (momentary type) once it will put the lights on, tap it again and it will turn the lights off. You can get them in 12VDC coils or 120VAC coils. They also have wiring diagrams on the Internet. I would recommend that you change your panel switch to a "Momentary" type switch, but you could just press your existing switch on then off.....

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Dnbgould, which mod are you asking about? Most are screwed in but the broom mount is a 3M.


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None in particular...just curious about your mounting methods. I've mounted some light weight stuff with rivets to prevent screws stripping out due to being in nothing more than 1/8" plywood. For the ones mounted with screws, did you do something special to find the random and hard to find studs in the walls?
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