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Old 08-13-2013, 09:13 AM   #11
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Remember that only the lights are waterproof, nothing else. I found out the hard way! What I did was order some of the male/female adapters. They where like $5 for 20. They are delicate. I also ordered a 10 foot extension. I believe that was about $10. I connect the extension to the lights and run it to my fridge cover where I have the transformer and the remote rf. I leave the remote rf end barely sticking out, and the run the transformer plug to the outlet. No problems with water now.
This is about what I did, except I didn't use the transformer. I just tapped into the 12-volt that supplies the power to fridge.
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I think the idea of finding where to safely hookup to 12VDC is only part of the issue.

How are you going to handle the 12VDC connection on the outside of the trailer.

Are you going to terminate into some sort of 12VDC PLUG arrangement... A Flip lid type weather tight connection? Maybe just a MALE-FEMALE pigtail type connection like you see with the Radio Shack versions...

I don't think you will be able to permanently wire the 12VDC into your awning lights - I might be wrong here... I would want a disconnect on the outside even if it is only used just for maintenance...

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:51 AM   #13
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If the lights have there own remote, why not tap into the 12v from a electric awning? Throw some shrink wrap tubing on the connections and install the lights on the awning tube?
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:27 AM   #14
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I think the idea of finding where to safely hookup to 12VDC is only part of the issue.

How are you going to handle the 12VDC connection on the outside of the trailer.

Are you going to terminate into some sort of 12VDC PLUG arrangement... A Flip lid type weather tight connection? Maybe just a MALE-FEMALE pigtail type connection like you see with the Radio Shack versions...

I don't think you will be able to permanently wire the 12VDC into your awning lights - I might be wrong here... I would want a disconnect on the outside even if it is only used just for maintenance...

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This is actually my second attempt at an install. The first set I installed on the awning roller. I couldn't figure out a nice way to connect/disconnect the lights so I bought some of the extension cables and just used that to plug into the lights attached to the awning roller. I then ran the wire up the awning poles, over the roof and down the fridge vent. I would then just plug/unplug as I rolled the awning up. Me being vertically challenged I usually had to have something to stand on. I wasn't thrilled with this set up. Once half the set quit working (I'm assuming from me breaking one of the "cut" lines) I decided I was doing it different and mounted this set to the side of the camper. I'm super thrilled with this set up. Just point the remote at the fridge vent and turn the lights on and off. We can use them while the awning is rolled up and everything. So much happier, this is the way I wanted to do it originally, but the wife didn't want them stuck to the side of the camper. This time I did it my way and everyone is happy.
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I think I would prefer to hook them to side of camper.
1. The window and awning does not have enough space to run the lights between them.
2. I would have to find a secure way to protect pigtail
3. It would be high enough that I would need something to stand on to connect/disconnect.
4. I am uncomfortable with the 3M adhesive withstanding the travel wind over time.

Right now, I can reach the connection on my manual awning and the connect/disconnect is quick and easy enough.

I have not had any weather related issues during use. I have put the controller/12V box in a small zip-lock baggie, but have also left it out unprotected. Seems like all connections if oriented correctly do not get subject to water damage.

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