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Old 08-30-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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Awning LED Light Strip factory install

Once I saw the previews of the 2016 Airstreams on Utube, I wanted it bad: Awning LED light strips standard on many of the 2016 models??? Well, folks since I already had an appointment at Jackson Center to install the awning package (streetside and rear awnings), I called to ask if the factory service guys could retrofit the LED light strip on my existing Zip Dee awning on my 2014 27FB trailer. And about $500 later, they installed it!

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!
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Old 08-30-2015, 02:24 PM   #2
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For 500 bucks I think most will be very happy to do without.
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Old 08-30-2015, 02:34 PM   #3
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I will keep my $ 500...... And use a flashlight.....
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:25 PM   #4
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I did this one myself a few months ago. So far so good. See post 40 and 41 on the thread below. About $110 for kit on Amazon but since I have found that you can get materials quite a big cheaper if your willing to look for individual components. No doubt, it is a super nice upgrade.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516/awning-lights-for-a-27fb-flying-cloud-123950.html
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:35 PM   #5
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$500? I don't think so. $12 from eBay.
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Old 08-30-2015, 05:13 PM   #6
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Silvereagle - any pics?

I too went the $25 route but would imagine their professional installation and wiring looks very good and is worth it!

Mine's a strip of LEDs from Amazon - $25 - peel and stick to the top of the belt line trim. I plug it in to the outside outlet - kludgey, but I'm happy with it too!

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Old 08-30-2015, 05:50 PM   #7
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I have tried several times to post my pics, but they always fail to upload. Any suggestions on how to post? Thanks


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Old 08-30-2015, 06:00 PM   #8
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Try reducing the size.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:44 PM   #9
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Falling Lights

We tried the $25.00 Amazon lights to no avail. Actually did it twice. The first set came unstuck within 24 hours, and the controller stopped working within 12 hours. Returned to Amazon and got another set. This set stayed up for about a week before it slowly started peeling off, and yes, the controller stopped working about the same time!

We followed all the instructions on how to install the lights, including using rubbing alcohol to clean the trailer.

It took us at least 3 hours to remove the glue residue from the side of the trailer.

Never again will I stick anything to the side of the trailer.
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We tried the $25.00 Amazon lights to no avail. Actually did it twice. The first set came unstuck within 24 hours, and the controller stopped working within 12 hours. Returned to Amazon and got another set. This set stayed up for about a week before it slowly started peeling off, and yes, the controller stopped working about the same time!



We followed all the instructions on how to install the lights, including using rubbing alcohol to clean the trailer.



It took us at least 3 hours to remove the glue residue from the side of the trailer.



Never again will I stick anything to the side of the trailer.

I imagine the OP would be happy knowing the relatively large outlay of cash is worth it to avoid issues like this.

On ours, we literally attached it to the top (skyward facing) ledge of the belt - it's not attached to the skin of the trailer at all.

I cleaned it vigorously before affixing it and so far - 6 months later - no problems with the adhesive or the controller (knock wood) but I'll be surprised if they last more than 2 years. We'll see.
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My mounting attachment. Plastic clips and 3M double sided tape. Easily and cleanly removable if necessary.
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We like the new LED strip; it's pretty cool. Though we probably wouldn't have ordered it at extra cost. Nice to have, though. It was standard equipment from the factory on our 2016 coach.
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Try reducing the size.
Dont give up- some of us are anxiously awaiting the pics!
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