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Old 08-14-2014, 08:32 AM   #1
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Awning lights for a 27FB Flying Cloud.

Hello and good morning all,

In my previous RV I had just installed awning lights on my awning before my wife decided she would like to have an Airstream. The awning lights were LED and had tape on one side. The lights also came with a remote. You could also dim the lights. They really looked very nice once they were installed to the roller. The lights stayed stuck to the awning and rolled up with the awning. All you had to do was unplug them. Has anyone used anything similar with their AS awning? The difference is that the AS tube of the AS awning is wrapped in the awning fabric where with my previous RV the lights stuck to the metal tube. Im not sure that the tape would stay stuck to the fabric.

I would appreciate any suggestions or comments anyone had.

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Old 08-15-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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I saw this exact system at the dealer the other day. Looks neat except for the transformer and cord etc. What about mounting the strip just below the awning along the side of the AS instead of on the awning itself. The light would be coming from the opposite direction but it's essentially the same thing, or am I missing something? Having it mounted on the trailer itself was how they showed it on the package IIRC. What is the brand?
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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Have been looking into lighting for the ZipDee awning. I have the clip-on string of lights, but would like something that attachers to the underside of the valance with the possibility of being able to rolled up with the awning. Thinking that at least one row of the flat LED strip lights with the adhesive tape on the back and have a connection for the power on one end that could be routed down the awning support to the exterior electrical outlet. Amazon sells 16 foot rolls of the LED lights and quick disconnect plugs for less than $20.00. Has anyone tried this?
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:51 AM   #4
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I had purchased and used a string of led lights that had the adhesive tape and came with a remote control. These lights could be dimmed, turned on and turned off from the remote. They rolled up with the awning. These lights were outstanding. Now that I purchased a new AS I will install the same lights to the valence. Carefree RV Awnings sold these particular lights. They were considerable more expensive at $100.00 than the ones sold for $20.00 at Amazon.
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I had purchased and used a string of led lights that had the adhesive tape and came with a remote control. These lights could be dimmed, turned on and turned off from the remote. They rolled up with the awning. These lights were outstanding. Now that I purchased a new AS I will install the same lights to the valence. Carefree RV Awnings sold these particular lights. They were considerable more expensive at $100.00 than the ones sold for $20.00 at Amazon.
Will you attach the lights at the bottom of the valance or on the side facing the AS up towards the top were it meets with the awning top?
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I am having a hard time picturing these light the way they are being described installed. Would any one have any close up pictures they can post.
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Tsunami just to make sure we are on the same page where I plan securing my lights is to that metal awning cover that is close to the trailer. I think mine has like three channels in the metal cover running the length of the awning. I will secure them in the channel the furthest from the trailer ( which is just a few inches from the side of the trailer). I have recently seen them secured in that fashion by other RV manufacturers.
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AWCHIEF. I am sorry I didn't take any pictures before I traded 5th wheel in. What I can tell you is they are very neat in appearance and don't need clips. I really liked the ones I purchased from Carefree. The remote was very useful in turning them on and off and dimming them. They were worth the price.
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Tsunami just to make sure we are on the same page where I plan securing my lights is to that metal awning cover that is close to the trailer. I think mine has like three channels in the metal cover running the length of the awning. I will secure them in the channel the furthest from the trailer ( which is just a few inches from the side of the trailer). I have recently seen them secured in that fashion by other RV manufacturers.
Understand. Never thought about moving the lights close to the coach. I'll explore that option and think that it would work very well. I was looking at installing the lights out on the awning thats farthest away from the coach, but hidden on the underside of the awning, behind the valance as you stand looking at the coach.
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Tsunami my concern is that they wouldn't stick very well to the fabric. At least my awning, and I assume yours to, the roller is wrapped in fabric. That's why I am going to the metal awning cover.
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I looked closely at my Zip Dee awning. It has no channels close to the trailer or on the tube. The metal cover is hinged so that it can wrap around the cover and tube and has no channels like some apparently have.
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I looked closely at my Zip Dee awning. It has no channels close to the trailer or on the tube. The metal cover is hinged so that it can wrap around the cover and tube and has no channels like some apparently have.
Agree, but you could install the flat ribbon LED lights with the adhesive back on it into the recessed area of the aluminum wrap. Now making the electrical connection is a different issue, but one that's not insurmountable.
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Exactly. My last set plugs and unplugs very easily. I wouldn't permanently wire it. The lights would be permanently attached then I would plug them in when ready to use.
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Agree, but you could install the flat ribbon LED lights with the adhesive back on it into the recessed area of the aluminum wrap. Now making the electrical connection is a different issue, but one that's not insurmountable.
Still having trouble picturing this. It seems to that the awning would get in the way and crush the lights. Pictures?
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