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Old 05-19-2015, 04:37 AM   #659
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Remote control for Clarion

Is there supposed to be a remote control for the Clarion sound system?
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:10 AM   #660
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We have the Polk audio system but it did not come with a remote


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Old 05-19-2015, 06:27 AM   #661
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:15 AM   #662
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Clarion M502 Remote

Mine came with one, and it is about the only way to get the stations on the presets. Or at least it makes it fairly simple.

The term "fairly simple" when used with the Clarion M502 becomes an oxymoron. This is why they have replaced this model with the M505, at least on their website, they no longer show the M502 under marine products.
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Polk for us as well, and no remote.


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Old 05-19-2015, 03:12 PM   #664
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It would be nice if Polk had a remote, at least to control the volume or put it on mute. I don't see one on their website. Anyone know of something being available?
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:21 PM   #665
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I did buy a wired remote (posted earlier). It connects to the "Y" cable behind the head unit. Ran it to the sofa so I could control media/volume. Works fine. I think the reason there is no wireless remote is because the Polk is specifically designed for marine applications.
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:33 PM   #666
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Gary gave me a good idea the other day. Something I'd been thinking about, so I just did it. Added LED lighting to all 8 of the overhead cabinets. Bought switches at Lowe's so when the cabinet is open the light comes on, goes off when closed. Not a difficult project, but "fiddly." I pulled wires up from the lighting below -- a little more complex for the lights above the kitchen and the lights above the dinette, as power and ground came from different places. Made brackets to hold the switches from some repurposed Airstream aluminum. I also added more lights to the closet. $56 for the switches, $160 for the LED lights. Free labor. (I HAVE NO IDEA WHY ALL OF A SUDDEN MY PHOTOS ARE SIDEWAYS....EVEN IF I ROTATE THEM THEY STILL SHOW UP THIS WAY....HELP!!)
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:14 PM   #667
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So here's a parts list and I might save you some $$$ rather than Lowe's. Ouch Barry...

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LED’s - Supernight Cool White 16.4 ft SMD 3528 600 Leds $13.98 each Amazon.com: SUPERNIGHT Cool White 16.4ft 5M SMD 3528 600 Leds Flexible Waterproof 120led/M Led Light Strip: Home Improvement

Switch’s – 10 Pack, 2 per cabinet, $4.82 10 Pcs Mini Micro Limit Switch Roller Lever Arm SPDT Snap Action LOT - Electrical Outlet Switches - Amazon.com

Connectors – 10 pack, trim one end off to wire to switch, $ 6.59 Amazon.com: HeroNeo 10pcs Connector Adapter Cable LED PCB Strip 3528 to 3528 Single Color 8mm Free Welding: Electronics

22awg connecting wire , $ 10.95
http://www.amazon.com/Gauge-Black-Sp...uctor+zip+cord

Here's the drawing I use. Basically I run a line from a nearby 12v source like an led light, typically without drilling any holes. This line goes to a second piece of wire that forms a T. The positive side runs to one side of the switch. The LED connector positive goes to the other side of the switch and the negative from the connector goes direct to the leg of the T. Repeat for the other side.

Measure the length of LED's you need and cut only on the cut lines. If it is a bit long simply start from attaching from the center and when you get to the sidewall bend the strip and stick it to the side.

I use VHB tape to put the switch up high on the side of the center section. Power wire comes up in the space between the two openings and the T wires either come over the top of that center section if there is room between the interior aluminum or around the back.

LED strips which are self stick mount to the inside top face of the cabinet facing the back of the cabinet.

The strips do have a + and - side. So mounting the connector correctly can be seen in the photos below. I use a utility knife to cut through the waterproof covering next to the small black diode and then gently use a finger to remove the clear covering from the end of the strip. Use a small plier to remove the last diode so that you can slide the end of the strip into the connector.

Note: In the second image you can see the cut marks between each set of three LED's, also the removed waterproof bit, and the space where the singe LED has been removed.

I built the first one while it was raining outside. Built the rest at home where I had the proper tools. Doesn't take to long.

To do the front and rear lockers and two lockers on either side over the sink/stove and dining table in my 2015 Classic took two reels of the LED's.

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Gary, thanks for all the details. I'm sure others will really appreciate your complete BOM! My more expensive approach was using Utilitech 18" Tape Lights. (These are made by "Good Earth Lighting".) They come with a plug-in 120V transformer, but I just cut them off as they work with 12V perfectly. I used the wiring that was part of the package...it's very thin and easy to work with. The switches are Hillman's -- "always on" spring loaded, which turn off when the button is depressed. I fabricated a simple bracket that I screwed into the frame of cabinet at either the upper right/upper left corner. To simplify the wiring, I unscrewed one of the under cabinet lights and drilled a small hole up into the cabinet I was lighting and ran the wire accordingly. I spent about 5 hours doing all 8 cabinets. It looked so good, I also ran a 9th set up into the wardrobe cabinet. Wow! What a difference, I didn't realize how dark those cabinets really are, but "shedding light" makes a huge difference.
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Yes it is an easy deal. And really makes a difference. Surprising how dark they were.

With the double wide cabinets so far I haven't drilled anything. The bottom of the interior cabinet floor is really a false bottom. The underside where the lights are mounted and that interior floor are separated by about 3/4 inch. If you look or feel the center post it is two pieces of wood with a space at the back. There is an opening at the bottom where it goes through the interior floor that allows access to the gap. With the cabinets that have one of the puck lights in center it's easy.

The trim ring can be rotated off. Remove the two screws holding the light in. Feed the wire down the inside and aim it towards the hole. Grab it with your fingers and now you have the wires to make the power connections.

The stuff from Amazon seems to be the least expensive I have found. Each roll is 16.4 ft. So you can do a couple of cabinets per roll.

Next project is to see a 2016 and see how they have installed the exterior LED strip and where/how they are pulling power to the strip.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:22 AM   #670
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And a bit of correction. Love the internet. Found this video which shows me the error of my ways on putting on the connectors. Don't need to pull off the one LED as I described. Watch the second half if you use the light strips that I have in the list.

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Tomorrow, I'll be adding a nifty string of lights to the underside of the awning shroud. I'm using a DSI LED Flexible Lighting Strip (Model 16178). They have the capacity for up to 16 colors as well as cool white/warm white. You can set them to trail from right to left, spread to right/left, or chase. Hmmm sounds like a bar! I've looked carefully at the aluminum shroud to determine the best place for the install. The aluminum shroud is what covers the awning when it's closed, but when it's open so is the shroud. Looks like the best place to mount them will be the channel closest to the trailer (primarily because of the need for the wiring to move in and out with the shroud as it extends and retracts when the awning unrolls and rolls. More to follow!
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Barry I'm wondering where the LED's are located on the new 2016's. Whether they are usable with the awning retracted. Hard to tell from Patrick's video. I'll post a question and see what we hear.
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