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Old 03-01-2013, 05:53 AM   #15
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... prob. 15 minutes of running the whacka,whacka,whacka diesel in the campground at night.
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I'm still trying to figure out why your "whacka, whacka" is so much quieter than the "whacka, whacka" on my very same model. So if you think you're self-conscious, think about me about 9 db louder.

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #16
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I'm still trying to figure out why your "whacka, whacka" is so much quieter than the "whacka, whacka" on my very same model. So if you think you're self-conscious, think about me about 9 db louder.

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California 199[67] Powerstrokes got the "split-shot" injectors.

How the PowerStroke injection system works

These are quieter than the single shots; everyone uses multiple injection pulses now.

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Old 03-06-2013, 09:59 AM   #17
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anyone get a line on the backup cameras?
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:20 PM   #18
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The tail lights on the '73 are a lot different than the '77. The '73 has the round "can" lights and access to the inside of the tail light fixture is a bit more difficult (in order to install an LED that points to the side).

I solved this by putting an LED in the bottom of the rear marker light casting. It took some time to figure this out--I originally wanted to cant the LED outwards about 45 degrees, but finally realized that the wide beam on the LED would do fine, even if it was pointing straight down. A 9/16" hole, suitable chamfered on the outer edge, works great. A very simple 90 degree piece of sheet metal holds the LED in place and acts as a heat sink.

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Bot the rear end backup light and theis side-pointing one have 8 ohm resistors in series (both resistors in the tail can), which results in 450 ma current, about 5W.

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The tail can lens is 3/32 acrylic, available at HD, which provides a 3/4" dome so the LED can peek sideways a bit. The lens was masked and sanded on the inside, then spray painted to conceal some of the guts. The size of the installation hole for the side- and down-pointing LED is small, which makes a lens a problem. The fact that the lens would be a perfect cup in case of leaks is also a problem. I'll fill the hole with clear epoxy, which will protect the LED from road spray. The casting will be sealed to the shell with Vulkem.

Note: The casting at the back of the '77 is completely different. The '73's is horizontal and has a marker light, the '77's is vertical and only has a reflector. If you plan to do something like the above, study your tail light assembly and casting to make sure the side-pointing LED has a home.

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Old 03-30-2013, 10:21 PM   #19
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All this stuff is great inspiration. Backup lights aren't really my thing -- I don't have the ones on the trailer connected to anything -- but I'm noting the plastic forming techniques, especially, for future reference.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:06 PM   #21
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On my SOB motorhome, I put supplemental reverse lights on the bumper, and in the wheel wells front and rear pointing backward. Really helpful when backing and turning in the dark; I backed it with a 102X16' trailer into a parking slot between rows of cars 1 foot on each side, always late Sunday night.

I had these lights isolated from the halogen reverse lights (I made this setup years ago when the 10w LEDs were a deal at $45 each) using shottkey diodes of sufficient current capacity, so they could be switched on along with the "bright" level of the porchlight. Really handy when making or breaking camp after dark.

Something else I never got around to, but will on my newer SOB, is reverse lights at roof level, for backing into unfamiliar campsites at night. Like George of the Jungle, WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE! I remember backing into a spot with plenty of ground level lighting, including two flashlights at the rear corners of the camp spot. I was able to deftly maneuver around ground level obstacles, then luckily heard light branches brushing against the back of the moho, so I got out and looked carefully to find I was inches from hitting a large limb up there!

On an airstream where you don't want to tamper with the shell, adding discreet white LEDs to the clearance lamps is one possibility, though it won't give the best illumination of approaching tree branches. I was thinking about LEDs on the A/C cover, or an existing vent etc, shining backward at roof level from the middle, rather than the very back, to light up potentially damaging high obstacles likely to be encountered at campsites.

I also had blue LED undercarriage lighting on that motorhome, but that's another thread.
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