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Old 07-01-2015, 05:33 PM   #43
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I like what you did! I'm just too afraid to drill through the Tin Goat.

I put mine on the top of the belt and have it set up so the power supply is water tight in a water bag (smaller version of the roll bag we use for kayaking) and all outside. It's easier than setting up strings of lights on the awning and much easier if winds start blowing and you need to shut the awning quickly. I love them!


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Old 07-01-2015, 06:50 PM   #44
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Great info thanks!
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Old 03-29-2016, 04:49 PM   #45
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Assume the Diamond multicolor LED strings are similar?
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:31 AM   #46
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Yes, as far as I know size, shape and installation would be exactly the same.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:42 AM   #47
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The factory will do the install, but I was told by someone at sometime last fall that it's expensive.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:14 PM   #48
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The factory will do the install, but I was told by someone at sometime last fall that it's expensive.

$600 - I asked....I'm sticking with my version 😀
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:25 AM   #49
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Bogeylights.com awning lights also look good.
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:03 AM   #50
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I am looking for a good picture showing how the OEM awning lights are mounted in the awning cover.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:17 PM   #51
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I like what you did! I'm just too afraid to drill through the Tin Goat.

I put mine on the top of the belt and have it set up so the power supply is water tight in a water bag (smaller version of the roll bag we use for kayaking) and all outside. It's easier than setting up strings of lights on the awning and much easier if winds start blowing and you need to shut the awning quickly. I love them!


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Your version is the same as mine, Steve, except that I put mine below the belt trim.

When an unexpected rain caused the AC transformer to short out and explode (literally), I found that I could wire the exterior lights directly into 12 DC. The short did not damage the light string. Now they work great without any further danger of shorting out.

I have recently taken this LED lighting thing to a new level. I have now framed all three large windows on Lucy's street side in LED's. The nighttime effect is really cool.

All four sets of lights were under $100 on Amazon. It sure is a lot of bang for the buck.

Here are a few pictures of the results.

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'FollySteve', great write-up. Do you have any followup details/pictures on how your LED install location (on body) looks with awning closed vs open? Are you happy with the quality of light? With the awning closed, isn't the light pointing to the sky rather than down at the ground. How has that worked? I see the advantage of your location since we sometimes don't deploy the awning and the lights would still be available for use.
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:16 AM   #53
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Awning lights for a 27FB Flying Cloud.

Brian - don't know how I missed your last post here. Those look great! How did you connect the internal lights to 12v?

I gave in and had them do the awning strip at the factory - was just under $500 and a complete splurge. They do the drilling so I don't have to 😀They also connect it inside to an on/off switch with dimmer slider.

I would like to find a convenient way to connect my belt line strip to 12v without drilling anything...
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Hi Steve,

We have the inside LED'S around the windows plugged into AC power. It would be easy enough to wire them into DC with a converter.

The outside LED strip is wired directly to the battery. I brought the wire out of the battery box and behind the rock shield. I didn't have to drill any holes.

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Cory_can,

Attached are several pictures with awning opened and closed with varying dimmer settings. I took pix with some daylight because camera exposure is problematic in full darkness.

Dimmer is very nice range with my light set, ranging from almost work light intensity down to practically off.

We really like the placement as it works with awning both open and closed. In both positions the flexible aluminum awning cover panels act as a reflector. With the awning closed the reflection is more harsh but still easy to control with the dimmer. With the awning open the effect is much better with a very even illumination. On lower dimmer settings the light is very soft and balanced.

We are very happy with the setup. We elected to use the remote control as the only switch and control. If we had it to do over we would elect to permanently mount a rheostat inside the overhead cabinet. Once we turn it on and set the brightness we tend to leave it alone and the convenience of a remote is not worth the aggravation of keeping up with it.

Only other thing to add is that we store our Airstream under cover so the installation gets exposed to rain infrequently. While the self stick adhesive on the light string is holding up well for us, I have some concern about how it would hold up with repeated rain exposure. If this is a potential I ssue for you, you might want consider options for a stronger adhesive.

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Hi Steve,

We have the inside LED'S around the windows plugged into AC power. It would be easy enough to wire them into DC with a converter.

The outside LED strip is wired directly to the battery. I brought the wire out of the battery box and behind the rock shield. I didn't have to drill any holes.

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Cool. I like the internal ones too! I've been contemplating how to rig up a version with my WBCCI numbers (in red of course) on a piece of plexiglass I can put in place at rallies and such.

Any pics of exactly what you did with the external ones and the battery connection? Thanks!
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