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Old 04-03-2015, 06:45 PM   #1
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Rear LEDs

Well I got the right rear curbside LED taillights and backup light in today before the rain hit. Everything went as planned and my friend Murphy never came to visit.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:33 PM   #2
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Looks GRReaAT !

I'm Glad Murf was a no show
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:07 AM   #3
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Those really POP!
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:15 AM   #4
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:39 AM   #5
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Did you make those lights or are they now available on the market?
several years back I made mine.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...s-23544-4.html
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:20 AM   #6
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I made them the same way you did yours. I bought 6 new lenses and had the centers cut out on a lathe. Then I bonded the LED lights to the lenses. The tricky part it is enlarging the holes in the plastic chrome bezel.

I used my air die grinder with a fine carbide bit.

I have to thank you for the great idea, It worked out much better than my original idea
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:39 AM   #7
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My trailer has LED lights in the rear, only, and I just had to replace two of them to the tune of $70, because I had to replace with the same kind. Actually, I was able to make one of the old ones work again with parts from the other (one had bad LED's, and the other had a bad diode). The last trailer we had was equipped with LED clearance lights also, and about half of them were either bad or intermittent.

If they ever fail again, I will convert all of them to 1157 incandescents. At least you can go into any auto parts store and buy an 1157 bulb.

Based on my experience LED lights are highly overrated for trailer clearance and running lights.
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The motive for changing to LEDs on a motorhome may be a bit different than with a trailer Steve. Not sure since Ive never owned a trailer. The primary reason that I wanted to change out my incandescents to LEDs is to lower the amperage draw on the lighting circuit, not necessarily for the "looks". The lighting circuit on the classic motorhomes is a bit over taxed it seems to me. There is a great deal of amperage draw going the the light switch and they can be prone to failure. Changing to LED running lights is a quick n easy DIY, and not overly expensive. These tail light change overs is more a work of art to me and requires skills and tools outside my levels. Sorry to hear your troubles with them. I just changed out my running lights to LEDs and hope I dont experience the same. But if you get a good light to start with and install them properly, theoretically they should last much longer than the incandescents and thus one less maintenance item to stay on top of. But for me the main reason is to reduce the amperage.
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Yes there is a good reason to change from incandescent lights to LED on a trailer also.

I travel well into the night and the draw on the head light switch was too much and it melted the switch, picture below. The shorter trailers may not have enough parking lights to have a problem but my 34 did.

After more than one occasion of light failure at night I first changed all the parking lights to LED and then did the tail light conversion. I also relayed the trailer lights and run all of them off the trailer batteries to isolate the truck from the trailer.

GM has a habit of using undersized wire, brake and trailer lights, and they reach the current limit easily. But they will sell you a repair kit for the head light switch for $55.00 if you want to drink the cool aid.
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Can't wait to see them lit up John.

I'm torn on weather to have two backup scare lamps myself. Everytime I look at this pic I'm swaying towards cutting two holes in the back of my rig.

Cheers
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PS New Prog Dynamics 9260 with remote pendant converter on the way and Vintage has ordered all weep hole covers for us both......and those retro melamine dishes that "she" wanted are waiting to be picked up next week.
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:42 PM   #11
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Perfect Tony I should have all your lenses back next week from the machine shop.

The hole is pretty simple Airstream just use a 4.5 in hole saw.

On mine I think the one they used had 10 broken teeth what a mess, Airstream Quality.

And all you have to do is bring the wire down from the original backup light
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Not sure what brand of LED lights others are using, but I recently replaced the round tail lights in our 2005 19' Bambi with Optronics brand LED lights. They look a lot like the ones in Shepherd57's photos above, after the square flanges were removed; although, I don't know if they are identical in size or whether they would fit in the chrome fixture.

Not sure how long the LEDs will last before the LEDs start failing, but many of the Optronics brand LED lights have a lifetime warranty on the LEDs (3-year limited warranty on the housing), and some are waterproof.
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