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Old 02-26-2017, 12:39 AM   #1
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Awning light & step light MOD

If you have the 5-way remote this may be useful.

I have read some different comments over the past months about the bright LED awning lights and the orange step light that I didn't even know I had until after the sixth time using the trailer cause the lights are so bright.

Well I wanted to be able to use the lights separately so I took off the main control panel. Inside the switch for the awning light had a small wire that links the two together. I unplugged the wire and it turns off the awning light. Now the panel switch turns on the step light only and I use the 5-way remote to turn the awning light on when needed. The remote is mounted on the wall next to the door so it works like a light switch. Best use for the remote besides being outside making sure all is clear when moving out the slide.

Hope this helps others who want the same use of the step light at night.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:09 AM   #2
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I would like to separate the LED awning lights and the amber LED light that illuminates the step on our travel trailer, but we do not have a five-way remote. You mention the slide, is the five-way remote used to deploy and retract the slide?
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Good find Deuce! Did you (could you) take pictures of the wiring you detached?


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Old 02-26-2017, 06:20 AM   #4
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This is a great idea- going to pull my panel today and check it out. I have a blank next to my exterior light switch- it'd be great to pick up another rocker switch and just wire them separately.


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Old 02-26-2017, 06:24 AM   #5
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Nice find!!!

For the same reason I actually mounted a waterproof switch to the battery box and ran wire direct to the amber step light. Also added one to the rear step of our 32. We hardly ever use the awning lights. Still need to do the dimmer mod....

Not worried about it being left on and killing the battery as I have a Blue Sea Mini Switch mounted in the battery box also that I turn off between trips. Kills everything.
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You mention the slide, is the five-way remote used to deploy and retract the slide?
Yes, the remote controls the slide or slides. Also controls the awning in/out.
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Yes, the remote controls the slide or slides. Also controls the awning in/out.
Thanks! Sadly, my new TT does not have a slide or a five-way controller. I do plan to investigate modifying the Amber light to work independently from the canopy light.
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I pulled my panel today and unfortunately I don't have the separate wire, just a single feed that disappears into the chase, so it must split later. I'll have to dig into it on a warmer day to see if I can locate the split and fish the wire up to the panel.

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Bummer - it's a rats nest of wires. What I have in my 2016 25BHS WH is one orange wire coming from the rocker switch then follow the wire about 8-10" and I have a 6" wire that splits off to another orange wire which is the awning wire. The short wire has a connector on each side so all I had to do was unplug it and it don't matter which end. I would think that the WH line would all be the same if you have the remote. Not sure if this would apply to other Jayco models.

I was originally just looking into adding a rocker switch but stumbled across the wire and got lucky.
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Here is a couple of pics - the wire I disconnected from the lead orange wire is a red one.

Good luck - I assumed most WH's with a 5-way remote would be able to do this since I have seen so many similarities even if you have a different model of TT.
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