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Old 07-18-2020, 05:04 PM   #1
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Awning lights fell off.

Our 19XUD has - or had - the traditional LED light strip attached up under the awning.

I say "had", because I went out this morning and found the entire LED strip lying on the ground.

Close inspection revealed that the only way in which they had been attached, was by stitching them to the underside of the awning... apparently, with common cotton thread which is not UV-resistant.

A couple of years of Florida sunshine and the cotton has rotted, allowing the entire light strip to fall off. Typical Jayco... do a cheap job that will last long enough for the warranty to run out, then let the dumb customer sort it out.

So now I get to add "glue the light strip on properly" to my task list.
Or I may take the opportunity to replace the nasty glaring things anyway...

But I did want to put the word out. If you live somewhere sunny, check the stitching on your awning lights, indeed, possibly the awning as a whole.
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I thought mine looked like they were in a track of sorts, maybe I should get a better look at them, thanks for the warning just in case.
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Mine aren't attached to the awning but instead reside in a c channel track on the upper portion of my side wall. I replaced the bright white stadium led lights after our first trip. They literally lit up 3 campsites. Easy mod and my DW got the color lights that she wanted....
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Mine are separating from the awning on my Feather right in the middle. So far, it's only about 18" of thread pulled away. I'm going to have to get up there and try and reattach them before they completely separate.

Hopefully it will cool down enough soon to get up there and get it fixed. Please let me know how you end up reattaching it, what product you use, etc.
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Our 19XUD has - or had - the traditional LED light strip attached up under the awning.

I say "had", because I went out this morning and found the entire LED strip lying on the ground.

Close inspection revealed that the only way in which they had been attached, was by stitching them to the underside of the awning... apparently, with common cotton thread which is not UV-resistant.

A couple of years of Florida sunshine and the cotton has rotted, allowing the entire light strip to fall off. Typical Jayco... do a cheap job that will last long enough for the warranty to run out, then let the dumb customer sort it out.
Bet you 10 to 1 that JAYCO bought that awning with the lights already attached.
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:59 PM   #7
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WeRJuliian,

Funny you posted this. About the same time you posted was when we noticed our's coming off our 2017 X213. I am still trying to figure out the best method of securing them anew. Hopefully will someone will have a recommendation soon. My concern is that some adhesives can react with different plastics and vinyls and don't want to create more damage to the awning.
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I only had about 18" of mine that were separating from the awning. I reattached it with Gorilla Tape last week. So far, so good.
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For those of you with this problem, how have the fixes held up? I noticed mine separated about 18-24" on our last trip and my husband had planned to reattach them with double-side tape where we arrived at our camp spot. Unfortunately, the light strip didn't make it to the camp spot with us. Now I have to figure out how to have exterior lights on our camper. Not even sure how it was wired and what I could replace it with. Any assistance would be appreciated.
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The Gorilla tape that I tried didn't work long term. My wife and I ended up sewing ours back on with UV resistant thread. It was a time consuming process, but it is much more permanent of a fix.
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Old 01-16-2021, 08:25 PM   #11
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Ohhh no, I just replaced mine with the Gorilla tape. Hope it lasts a few months. While I was in the process of cleaning the plastic and the awning off with denatured alcohol and then rubbing alcohol, I had the lights pull out of the U shaped channel. It looks like it already has the double sided 3m tape on it. If it fails again, I might try to get rid of the fragile plastic channel and just connect them directly to awning
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After some research, we've decided to try this set. Includes a channel backed with 3M adhesive tape. We plan to attach to awning extrusion if possible, 2nd choice to side of the rig. They get good reviews, will try to remember to update after install.
https://www.recpro.com/led-rv-awning...nting-channel/
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