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Old 12-02-2009, 02:20 AM   #1
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Rope Lights

I bought some of these rope lights at Lowes and I looked at the awning nd the trailer and can't figure out how you put them up.. so was wondering about poking holes in the awning and attach them with those plastic tie strip things.. How do you guys get those or any lights up ?
Sorry for all the dumb questions but I really don't know anything about how things like this work...DH always did all this but I can learn
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:29 AM   #2
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I wouldn't poke holes in the awning! There are any number of styles of removable clips out there that you can use to attach to the edge of the awning to hold lights up...
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:47 AM   #3
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Nooooooo, don't poke holes in the awning! Just get some small plastic coated clothes pins & hold them on with those. Cheap & easy! I handle my awning with kid gloves. They cost about $2,000 for a new one!
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:48 AM   #4
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You can purchase light clips for your awning tube. The are designed to fit into the 3rd slot of the roller tube. I see them on Ebay routinely.

My Dad used some stickys to mount ones to his SOB. He picked them up at the Lowe's or HD.

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Old 12-02-2009, 05:39 AM   #5
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The clips are available from most camping stores and many RV dealers, they are very inexpensive. IIRC the last batch I bought from Camping World ran me ~$8 for about 8 of them. You may have to zip tie the rope lights to the clips, because they are designed for the wire type lights. Here are some loop types that might work better with the rope lights.

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:07 AM   #6
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No pokey.

But you could install grommets in the valence which are handy for a bunch of things.
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3rd Slot

Could someone please show me where the 3rd slot (on the roller tube) is on my Zipdee awning? It appears that mine was left off in production.

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...How do you guys get those or any lights up ?
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Metal paper binder clips. The big ones go right over the rope. You can get an industrial size box of them at an office supply store.
Cheap, strong, reusable and very packable.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:50 PM   #9
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I am using small ring clips intended to hang curtains from rods. Feed the lights through the hoop and clip to the awning valence.




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Could someone please show me where the 3rd slot (on the roller tube) is on my Zipdee awning? It appears that mine was left off in production.

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I am not sure what 3rd slot (or 1st and 2nd slot) you are referring to. If you are talking about a track the awning is feed into as far as I know the awning fabric is attached to the roller by a sleeve sewn into the fabric.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:26 PM   #11
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I bought cheap 100% plastic clothes pins at walmart. I didn't want to fool around with metal parts that might rust and possibly stain the awning.

I then zip tied the rope lights to the clothes pins. When I want lights, I drage them out of the compartment and clip them to the valence. Takes about 3 minutes, start to finish.

The "third slot" is pretty common on carefree awnings. Most of the zip dees (at least the newer ones that I have seen) don't have an exposed roller tube when deployed. The awning fabric is sewn completely around the tube.

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I am using small ring clips intended to hang curtains from rods. Feed the lights through the hoop and clip to the awning valence.




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YES... that will work excellently with the Zipdee which has the awning sewed completely around the tube THANK YOU.

Paula

Now, how would you attach two strings of them to the belly pan - permanently - so that you could bottom light the A/S with a ghostly glow of blue lights?

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YES... that will work excellently with the Zipdee which has the awning sewed completely around the tube THANK YOU.

Paula

Now, how would you attach two strings of them to the belly pan - permanently - so that you could bottom light the A/S with a ghostly glow of blue lights?


Wire clamps made of plastic - they come in all colors and in bulk are real cheap. Use stainless steel sheet metal screws to attach to your belly pan with a dab of sealant for security from water getting in. They come in all sizes and I am sure you can find a size to hold the light string secure - put them every 12 inches to keep it from sagging.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:00 PM   #14
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I don't have rope lights yet. I was waiting until LED ones came available locally at a reasonable price as I don't want incandescent ones more likely to burn out.

Now, a local chain store has LED ones in warm white at $17 for a 9' length. they screw together and my awning is about 21' so I will buy three - maybe four to have a spare if they go on sale!

Since they are being sold as Xmas lights. I will just wait until close to Xmas to see if they go an sale and then buy them whether or not they go on sale!

In order to secure them to the awning, I already bought a bunch of plastic clamps on sale for $0.75 each at a local store similar to Harbor Freight in the US.

If I can find a better way to secure them, I'll do it - the clamps will suffice in the meanwhile.

I would NOT be pokin' any holes in the awning and would hope to convince you noty to do that - you will mess it up IMHO!

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