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Old 03-11-2009, 06:58 PM   #1
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front porch (door) light

Ok here comes another fix-it. I took two pictures with a flash so we could see this lit up and macro...I was installing a light into this some time back, and a spring in the fixture came (un-glued) And here the other day I removed two screws from below it...and there was one screw on top that did not want to budge...then I saw black sealant holding the cover in place...lately when we got a fresh shipment of bulbs from Inland RV er-hrmm (hint - hint)...I went to stick a bulb in and there is a short (spark)- current of AC that had not reached me yet, but I could tell the fixture had somehow come apart...by looking at these pictures what do you think I should do?
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:12 PM   #2
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This is what I did, I installed LED's, Your fixture is 12VDC
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:56 PM   #3
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Buy a replacement socket from the auto parts store and make a mount for it or otherwise insure that the +12V. side doesn't contact the metal of the trailer.
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:51 AM   #4
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And what about the hood...should it be pryed off to gain access to the surface?
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:16 AM   #5
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Just pry it off. Clean off the old sealant as best you can and when you replace the hood, run a new bead of Vulkem around it. That's what I did with mine.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:19 AM   #6
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It would be easier to replace the socket with the cover off.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:21 AM   #7
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Removing that hood or cover will make it easier to work on. That looks like th esame light as on my '73. The top screw you are talking about is fastened to the outer skin of the camper. Once you remove it, make sure you seal it back up properly or you'll have a new leak to deal with. FWIW, the wires for that light run just inside the top of the door to a couple of quick disconnects. You might be able to gently pull the wires out of the walls to connect the new ones. Go slow. If you encounter much resistance, simply clip the old wires as close as possible to the old socket and connect the new ones there. Oh yeah, make sure the power is off to that light before you do any of this.

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Old 03-12-2009, 12:55 PM   #8
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I certainly will!
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Old 03-12-2009, 03:49 PM   #9
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I installed a "way-cool" LED in that location. It gives off a very bright light.
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:55 PM   #10
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tell me about the LED....did it come from an auto parts store, we have O'rilies, and Auto zone in this town...
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I bought a set of 4 blue LED's at AutoZone for about $25. I used one in the light over the door and then built a mount to go under the steps for the other 3. Looks great at night.

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Jim and Susan, do you folks have any pictures of what you did? We do have a Auto zone but I would be obliged to just copy what you did, andd how you went about doing it...Thanks if you can do this.
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:37 AM   #13
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I finally got the bulbs out and installed new - it was recommended that the base have a very light cote of lithium grease to prevent rusting, BUT the plastic covers were then cleaned good. I now have a lot of light.
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Been working on mine for my 72 Tradewind. Replaced the bulb and reconnected the wires but there is no power coming into the switch by the door. Tested both sides of switch with a meter. Anybody knows where the power feeds into this wire from?
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