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Old 11-03-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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So I've seen a few trailers with that LED glow of color shining around the trailer edges and want that cool factor under my 25' 06 Safari FB. I'm looking for tips as to what products work best, where do you connect the power supply to 110 or 12 volts and tricks learned in mounting them. I want a remote control to change up the show. So any tips from those who have done this and what you spent appreciated. Thanks
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Check out "Bambi II Saved from Recycler!" In the Bambi II forum section. In the last few post Becky talks about her interior and exterior LED lighting.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #3
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Exterior LED Strip Lights under Trailer

Greetings RichHog!

ArtStream also has LEDs illuminating the lower exterior edges of his Airstream. I don't know whether he posted any details about his installation, but I have seen his coach at a rally and it was impressive.

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Old 11-04-2013, 08:10 AM   #4
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I spent quite a bit of time looking at LED strips online and followed the Bambi 2 link. It's pretty confusing as the strips typically only work 5 meters or so on a single power supply so it takes more than 1 to power the underside. Then the remote control units are IR meaning that you have to mount the receiver somewhere that you can point it at by the remote. Also price varies a lot in similar products.
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I'm planning on putting them under my trailer. You can order them off Amazon now from several suppliers. The cheapest is throug deal extreme.com or dx.com however it can take up to a month to get them. Returns would be a pain.

You'll want to order waterproof LED string. They do only come in 5M lenghts, but you can connect up to 10 of those I think. You should not need seperate power supplies for each. You can wire them directly into your battery, or into you distribution panel.

You can probably adhere them with silicone, and I would add some straps as well to make sure not to lose them. Those could simply be straps of plasic underneath held with a rivet to the belly pan.

The IR for the remote is probably the biggest hassle. I ordered one kit, and the remote only works if I'm pointing straight at the end. I still haven't decided placement on that piece. I may put it in the corner of an inside window so I can trigger it from the outside. Possibly in the front window so I could trigger from the driver's position, just for fun to pull into a campsite.
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You'll want to order waterproof LED string. They do only come in 5M lenghts, but you can connect up to 10 of those I think. You should not need seperate power supplies for each. You can wire them directly into your battery, or into your distribution panel.
Commercial suppliers can get them in 150-foot reels, and cut them to fit. If you need longer than 5m lengths, you might go to a local lighting supply store rather than buying off the Internet, and getting exactly the length you need.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:45 PM   #7
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There are a lot of options for this tape out there and after a while it begins to run together. I figure that for my 25' Safari I'll need 60'+ of waterproof RGB tape. I haven't found a brand yet that does it with just one power supply. But it does seem like the distributers love to chop it up and bundle it in smaller rolls with small power supplies. If anybody locates a source that puts it all together let me know. I've found many options and am an Elation Dealer for their products but that would require multiple power supplies. And the IR controllers are another problem as noted in this thread.
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Search the online auction for "led strip." You may find some buying options.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:24 PM   #9
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I bought 2 ten meter rolls of RGB waterproof lights online from DHGate. Comes with RF controller and power supplies. I'll post how the install goes when it arrives.
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So I got my order in and set up one of the system with the controller in the kitchen. I like the look and the remote controls the colors and effects nicely. Next step is to bring the trailer home and do the install
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So first thing to say is doing this is a lot of work. When you are under the trailer in close proximity on your back it's a project. Attaching the LED strips is fairly easy. First clean the surface (I used Goo Gone). Then peal off the backing and then press to apply. But there are axels and wheel hubs to cross and a front tire located in front that you have to figure out how to route you LEDs before you apply. But before that you need to determine where you want the strips to start which would be close to your power source. And another bad thing is that the LED strips come in 10 meter lengths. Some shorter but to wrap my 25' Safari required 3+ more strips to go around the whole underside. So here's the next problem. You can run only 2-10 meter strips off a single power supply. So for my Safari I need 2 power supplies to feed the 3.25 strips under my trailer which means getting 2 power runs under the trailer. I would say I spent maybe 4 hrs under it to install the 95' or so of strips under the trailer. That was the easy part.
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So the big decision was where to locate the two power supplies needed to power the LED strips under the trailer. Think of the power supplies you would use for a laptop PC x2. I wanted a clean professional install, no wires exposed or electronics hanging under the trailer in the weather. I decided to get power from the Refrigerator compartment where there was a AC plug and space to mount the 2 power supplies and the 2 transmitter receivers. I would then only have to run 2 control voltage wire bundles of 4 wires each to the 2 LED runs under the trailer to feed the strips. Seems easy or so I thought.
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So the big decision was where to locate the two power supplies needed to power the LED strips under the trailer. Think of the power supplies you would use for a laptop PC x2. I wanted a clean professional install, no wires exposed or electronics hanging under the trailer in the weather. I decided to get power from the Refrigerator compartment where there was a AC plug and space to mount the 2 power supplies and the 2 transmitter receivers. I would then only have to run 2 control voltage wire bundles of 4 wires each to the 2 LED runs under the trailer to feed the strips. Seems easy or so I thought.
So you're using 120vAC LED rope lights, not 12vDC LED rope lights?

Put the wires from the power bricks to the lights inside conduit, clamped to the belly pan. Not as neat an install as putting them inside the belly pan, but easier. And no worse than having your propane lines underneath, as far as clutter is concerned. Aluminum conduit would be best. Conduit should be sized so that the wires inside take up about one-third to one-half of the total cross-sectional area.
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Not using rope LED lights but what is called LED Strips. Or tape. Though tying into the 12 volt system seemed attractive, I didn't want to over tax the system as the strips use some power.
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