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Old 07-30-2010, 06:13 PM   #1
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Last weekend was the first time that OB Bambi had been out since I stripped, sanded and polished the rear light housings. When I did that I asked some questions of my fellow Forum patrons and got back some great answers. One in particular, from Johnco warned me about moisture getting in the lights via the seam. He was right. I am now going to put a bead of silicone sealant around the new lights I bought ($16.95 each plus shipping) and the other two that are still working correctly. Below is what he wrote in April.

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As long as you have everyting apart... it could be overkill, but since I've replaced two of those fairly expensive lights due to moisture intrusion you might put a bead of silicone around the perimeter of lense and backer of the light, as well as where the wires enter the fixture. I did that when I replaced the two waterlogged units-so far so good.

In the second photo I flagged where the leak occurred on the old LED's.

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I often have lunch with the truck drivers who work out of the depot over the road. In conversation, they talk a lot about lights, and oils, and how RV drivers treat truckers with a lot more respect on the road since they know what they're going through.

It seems that some of these lights will start working properly again if left to dry out in the sun. Also, when they do not have sealed covers, they drop a packet of silica gel inside the back of them, then seal them up with silicone. There's also a guy who collects partially failed reverse light LEDs and is making a "light ceiling" in his workshop from them. He waxes lyrical about how he's got the brightest workshop in town, and it draws two amps.

That's the thing with RVers - we talk to strangers. I think it's part of our make-up.
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