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Old 09-02-2015, 08:07 PM   #15
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Link to awning LED picture?

https://flic.kr/p/xctXws

Hope this works - link to Flickr pic
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:27 PM   #16
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2016 Awning Lights - Replacement

I too just got my 2016 25' FC with the awning lights. Haven't tried them yet but during the delivery walkabout, the tech noticed that 2 of the LEDs weren't working so they ordered a replacement strip. Does anyone know how to perform the replacement? I would like to do it myself as it is a pain to take the trailer to the dealer due to ferry fees, time, travel. If it isn't a straight-forward simple process, then off to the dealer I go.

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Old 09-30-2015, 04:02 PM   #17
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2016 Awning LED Fix

I posted the question on how to replace my awning LED strip on our new 2016 25' FC. So here is the answer from the dealer.....

The strip is applied with 3M double backed tape (attached) so you simply peel and stick it to the aluminum base of the awning. The power cable is a simple low voltage power plug like on any electronic device which is then capped. On my trailer, this is up next to the awning above the rear door. The dealer needs the old strip to get reimbursed by Airstream (seems logical) so I simply pulled off the old strip and will reapply the new one from the dealer.

Quite simple really and I don't know why a new/add-on light would cost a lot other than running the 12v wires and installing a dimmer on/off switch. I will check with the dealer on the cost of the strip, not installed.

Oh and another point that was impressed upon me during the delivery.....MAKE SURE YOU TURN OFF THE LIGHT BEFORE RETRACTING THE AWNING OR IT WILL BE ON AND DRAIN THE BATTERY! Another thing for my checklist.

...and there you go
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Old 09-30-2015, 04:05 PM   #18
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Could someone post pics of this? I'm wondering exactly what the LED strip looks like and exactly where it's glued to the awning mechanism. Thanks!!
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:26 PM   #19
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2016 Awning Lights

Okay.... here are a couple of shots of where the lights go and what they look like including the power plug. The LED strip extends the length of the awning minus about 6". It is stuck to a flexible part of the awning base just before the ribbed aluminum. There is a 1" or so strip of flexible material. Again, the power for mine is above the rear door, I assume because it is close to where they put the switch.



Let me know if you have questions.
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Old 09-30-2015, 06:48 PM   #20
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How about a photo of the electrical connection. Thanks
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:04 PM   #21
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Okay.... here are a couple of shots of where the lights go and what they look like including the power plug. The LED strip extends the length of the awning minus about 6". It is stuck to a flexible part of the awning base just before the ribbed aluminum. There is a 1" or so strip of flexible material. Again, the power for mine is above the rear door, I assume because it is close to where they put the switch.



Let me know if you have questions.

Excellent - thanks. So those look very similar to the Supernight version - only perhaps more heavy duty and durable (I'm on set #2 just this season &#128563. Appreciate the pic. How does it connect to your power - is there a connection in the skin somewhere?
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:31 PM   #22
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Excellent - thanks. So those look very similar to the Supernight version - only perhaps more heavy duty and durable (I'm on set #2 just this season ��). Appreciate the pic. How does it connect to your power - is there a connection in the skin somewhere?
Note the power jack on the trailer picture. It is the where the LED light power jack fits into and a twist nut tightens it, sealing it. The power jack wire feeds through the trailer skin, under the awning. The power plug (seen on the light picture) is the same type as you find on other electronic devices.

The picture of the trailer shows without the light installed, just the power jack waiting for the new light to be installed, by your's truly, tomorrow.

Does this help?
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Thanks - man I'm slow on the uptake 😃

I get it now - thanks!
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Old 10-01-2015, 06:40 PM   #24
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LED Install Update

Hi all.... okay and update. I went to the dealer and got the replacement LED strip. It is from ITC-US.COM and is the 'Janus' line : Janusā„¢ Side Emitting LED Linear Light - ITC RV

It came rolled around a wheel with 3M tape attached. A very simple install to slowly pull off the tape as I adhere it to the trailer. But I do need to amend my other post in that it installs directly to the trailer body just below the ribbed aluminum part of the awning and not to the awning, else it would roll up into the awning (not good!). I plugged it into the jack and turned on the switch.....TADAaaa.... all lights work.

Their web site says you can buy some of their lights on Amazon but I was not able to find the exact part (#TSB1263-46015R-WTC (181.10"))
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Old 10-02-2015, 02:55 PM   #25
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I installed two strips of LED's along the first two rows of the aluminum awning cover last April and used them all summer. These came with a remote controller which allows color selection, dimming, and if you want them to chase, flash, etc., etc. You do have to mount an RF button somewhere convenient as this controls the function. I mounted kill switches on an electrical panel in my closet. One word of caution with regard to fastening these strips. The 3M tape is NOT of VHB caliber and wherever you mount these strips up top (body or awning cover), they will encounter major heat in the summer. After one strip showed some loosening, I replaced the stock tape with VHB. The good news is that IF you ever want to remove the LED's you can do so. (Sorry the photo is flipped...should've taken it "long" way for posting.)
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I installed two strips of LED's along the first two rows of the aluminum awning cover last April and used them all summer. These came with a remote controller which allows color selection, dimming, and if you want them to chase, flash, etc., etc. You do have to mount an RF button somewhere convenient as this controls the function. I mounted kill switches on an electrical panel in my closet. One word of caution with regard to fastening these strips. The 3M tape is NOT of VHB caliber and wherever you mount these strips up top (body or awning cover), they will encounter major heat in the summer. After one strip showed some loosening, I replaced the stock tape with VHB. The good news is that IF you ever want to remove the LED's you can do so. (Sorry the photo is flipped...should've taken it "long" way for posting.)
Cool... is that the LED with remote on Amazon? Can you explain more about your install and setup?
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They riveted the strip along the aluminum part of the awning closest to where the awning is attached to the trailer side, ran a line into the trailer outside wall directly underneath the left side of the Zip Dee awning arm, and connected it to a new indoor light switch that has a dimmer and built in fuse (just like the switch we already had that controls the indoor cabin LED ceiling lights). It runs off of the 12 volt power, so we can use this anytime - but we have to have the awning out to see the lights. (See pictures attached)

I told the guys at Jackson Center they may be having more people request this once I let the word out.... Enjoy!
There is a lot to be said about having the work done properly by Airstream themselves. First, they know what they are doing (unlike me!) plus it is a factory wiring hook up.

Did you get a chance to use the lights much since August? Did they perform as expected?

We are considering taking a trip to Airstream and taking the tour. Is this something they can do in one day if we plan ahead?
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:46 AM   #28
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Yes we have used the LED light strip on our last 2 trips to Alabama and to Disneyworld Fort Wilderness. The best use of them was at Fort Wilderness where we left the awning open the entire time since the weather was very calm (no wind forecasted) and many campers tend to keep their awnings out and lights on to help create that "magical" effect around the campground. There were absolutely no water leaks where they installed the wire thru the skin and the dimmer switch inside was a great feature. 
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The factory can install this in about 4 hours so if you call ahead and make an appointment you should have no problem getting this done within a single day. We camped at the free Terraport on site and got up early on the service day for them to pull the trailer into the service bay promptly at 7:30AM. They have a nice lobby to hang out with our dog and I took the factory tour in the afternoon - well worth it! Good Luck!


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