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Old 01-03-2006, 09:15 PM   #101
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and guys, thanks for the suggestions on getting a "brakelight" photo.....but i was joking.....and besides i AM quick enough already!
I guess we weren't quick enough!
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:29 AM   #102
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Shady Bagman, 32, 66’s, little bumps, pigs with tails to short and Little blue crimpys
Man-O-Man, 8 pages of Light Emitting Diode verbiage has left me completely exhausted!

Can someone shed some light (regardless of voltage or intensity) of a reliable A/S dealer who can ship me some of these for my 95 Excella”
I’m a full timer and don’t have a “Local Dealer”

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Old 01-13-2006, 03:24 PM   #103
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led's

So Glencoombe, did your little oriental friends ever come back with a design? I don't really care for the bulbs I have as they are only 1.5 inch across and would like a wider light source.
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:31 AM   #104
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Revive this thread! - Seems a bit ......

Hi all -

Took another Forum members advice and got several Clearance Lights ( both Red and Yellow) from L.E.D. - R- US inc. - They are on the web at www.LED-R-US.com. Dan Cimino, the President, of the company sent his card ( for what that is worth!). Their costs were very reasonable and the units LOOK GREAT and they are an exact replacement for the exhisting units on the trailer.

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Old 03-07-2006, 05:48 AM   #105
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Shady Bagman, 32, 66’s, little bumps, pigs with tails to short and Little blue crimpys
Man-O-Man, 8 pages of Light Emitting Diode verbiage has left me completely exhausted!

Can someone shed some light (regardless of voltage or intensity) of a reliable A/S dealer who can ship me some of these for my 95 Excella”
I’m a full timer and don’t have a “Local Dealer”

Thanks,
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Have you tried getting hold of the company directly? They may have LED replacements for your coach sitting on a shelf.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:51 AM   #106
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Hi Terry,
I ordered my 4 taillight conversion from David Tidmore/AS dealer in TX. As other members found, service was great and David knows what he is talking about. Mine came with all the blue crimpy connectors. Install was a snap and the results stunning. Marker lights are next.
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:09 AM   #107
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As an update to the Korean connection .... NO. The folks over there are working on other high volume projects and have had no time to pay attention to my (our) desires.
I've replaced all my markers and love the look, brightness of the replacements.
I was eyeballing some LED modules at the truck wash / chrome shop locally but didn't have time to go into it that day but will update you all on what I find.
I just replaced my RH tail lights...again... this past weekend and do want to go ahead with the conversion of my tail lights.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:43 PM   #108
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Hi Glen,
Question, do your LED marker lites have 1 or 2 wires.

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hi led seekers.....

well no korean supplier.....bummer.

now for led marker lights.....bright ones.......

that fit the teardrops.....who's got'em???

here is another option to consider for brake/tail light leds........

http://www.pickupspecialties.com/LED..._light_bar.htm

i just added this to my truck....it's pretty cool and brite!
running light
brake light
directional light and
flashers....

the unit uses a standard 4 pin connector but can also be wired directly into the tail light wiring...

these could be mounted on the skin or bumper or rear drawer lip...using the supplied auto grade double stick....

they are made by www.pacerperformance.com and stocked by many truck aftermarket shops...

i'll post pics soon....

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Old 03-08-2006, 05:15 AM   #110
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Artlink, I'm not sure I can answer your question...It's been a while since I installed them. If memory serves me they had one wire. Ground is picked up via the screw mount. Of course the big selling feature is that they are a sealed unit with 13 led's. They're bright and a great replacement for the originals. Check back in this thread and you'll find the vendor.
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Old 03-11-2006, 07:18 AM   #111
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While our baby was in our local dealer's shop for some warranty work and other mods, we had the LEDs installed as an additional safety feature. They illuminate a split second quicker than the standar bulbs and are a brilliant starburst pattern. We were concerned that anyone following closely behind us would not see our illuminated tailights when they are in direct sunlight. We've also added the reflective tape along the rear bumper that you see on the big rigs.
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Old 03-20-2006, 09:21 AM   #112
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confusion has not been cleared for me

I've got some dim lights on my 1970 safari. so I'm trying to figure out this LED solution and it appears most of the info I have found is for the classic square lights or the wedding cake bargman variety.

I've got those three round lights on each rear corner. is there an off the shelf truck led light solution for mine? or is this the $25 product from inland rv that I've read about? I have searched and read all previous posts from this thread and am still confused..... but then it is monday and I am likely not up to full operating speed.

I did just order replacements for all my double bull markers from superbrightleds.com

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Old 03-20-2006, 01:01 PM   #113
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so many bulbs......so little time.....

others can correct me.....my understanding is that there are plug-in led bulbs available that will replace your bulbs....not the fixture...these are available in several flavors with different levels of brightness and number of leds......shop the online led vendors for your bulb type....the few i have seen are ok, in that the bulbs last a very long time, but they aren't nearly as brite as the factory upgrade noted by several in this thread....

complete led/fixture units are also available..... these are not replacements for the originals....but can be added on the bumper or rear skin...like the led units on utility trailers and boats......

i don't believe anyone has found a complete unit/led upgrade that looks original....for your model....

of course now that i have typed this....hopefully someone will put up a photo with the prefect solution...

mostly i think folks are using led clusters on plug bases that fit in the original bulb plug..

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Old 03-26-2006, 07:10 AM   #114
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Part number?

O.K. folks, we're now officially back on track. My Korean contact is on his way to China next month and will be working with the factory on some prototypes.
Does anyone have the part number for the Airstream LED board? Having a little communication issue with our AS dealer... attempting to send a sample over to China for a direct comparison.
Now the question is do we use 5mm regular LED's or the high cost SMD's like the AS unit? If we populate the board with 36 LED's do we need to use the wide angle LED's or should we concentrate on rearward narrower angle and let the lens do the dispersion?
Bottom line is that we are actually moving forward. Could be a "two weeks" solution.
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Old 03-26-2006, 07:13 AM   #115
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I have found red #1157 LED's with a 90 degree turn on the base, so the "bulb" will be facing the lens. They are a bit pricey, but they are plug-n-play.
www.superbrightleds.com
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:42 AM   #116
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Now the question is do we use 5mm regular LED's or the high cost SMD's like the AS unit? If we populate the board with 36 LED's do we need to use the wide angle LED's or should we concentrate on rearward narrower angle and let the lens do the dispersion?
Bottom line is that we are actually moving forward. Could be a "two weeks" solution.
I did put the 90 degree turned bulbs into my tail lights and I didn't see much dispersion. I would think the wide angle would be best.
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Old 03-26-2006, 12:28 PM   #117
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Steve, keep in mind that your LED's are concentrated in a smallish "bulb" rather than spread out across a PC board. The planned board will come close to filling the lens area.
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Old 04-03-2006, 02:46 AM   #118
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LED wiring

I have a 64 Safari.
I’m thinking about converting my Bargman 99s to run Grote #53432 LED lights like
DavidsonOverlander did on his 64.

I don’t have a wiring diagram for my trailer. I found a later model AS diagram that MAY be the same, not sure.
It shows:
Green – running light
Black – stop
Red – turn

My tail light has 3 wires.
Green - top single filament bulb
Black and red go to bottom dual element bulb

The new Grote LED light has 3 wire pigtail.
Black – tail light
Red – stop / turn
White - ground

How do I hook them together?
It APPEARS I can splice:
original Green to Grote Black for tail light
original Black to Grote Red for stop light
original Red to Grote Red for turn signal
Grote White to ground

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Old 04-16-2006, 01:22 AM   #119
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My marker light convertion

Hello all -

I also did the entire trailer marker light swap out with LED's. It looks TERRIFIC! It is almost reason enough to put the flasher in after dark... just to see that baby light up!!!!

I used the LED-R-US lights. They are basically a striaght swap.

I did do a couple of mods based on light location. I will try to explain here since I can't get the photo upload to work.... I need help with that, if anyone can assist me.

Back to the lights... The LED's are sealed unit, which is really great - no more water worries.

I will speak to the LED-R-Us lights from this point forward, as that is what I used.

For the amber side markers, the hole/ wire exit point on the trailer did not exactly match the lights pre-determined, pre-molded recess. Therefor I took an air-grinder to the back and made a 'new' recess that allowed to the wire to exit the trailer and fold behind the light.

At this point I should mention that the 'factory' glob of Vulcum ( on my trailer!) was somewhat tough to pull though the factory hole. This stuff was STILL gooey and pliable. Patience and a few pokes inward with a piano wire ( too loosen the hold) and out it came. As the wires were fed back in, I also put a glob of Vulcum on the inbound wires and a small glob over the exit point. Hoping for no water issues - from there at least!

Also, with the lights, the way they were shipped, there was a plugin connector for the + wire which I clipped off. Soldered the + connection from the trailer. Bingo. Never a worry in the future.

That brings me to the neg. side of this marker lights. The way SilverToy was wired, there was a neg. wire that was actually wired to the previous lights. The 'new sealed units' use a simple neg terminal at the screw location. My solution to this was to take the neg. wire and feed it in the recess/ channel that was provided. There is a channel that is molded all the way around the unit.

To address the wire itself going to the screw location, I used the same grinder as above, to provide a small recess/ relief in the rear of the light going to the screw hole - a channel for the wire to the screw hole. This worked very well.

Again, small! dollup of Vulcum on the screw locations so hopefully no leaks there either.

Hope this helps someone thinking about this great update and modification. Easy, great enhancement and fun!

Makes you trailer look better too!

Ciao

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Axle, it's not very intuitive to attach a photo. You can't use the "upload image" icon, you need to use the paperclip icon I think? I don't do photos very often and perhaps the moderators can chime in on attaching photos again.

Maybe a photo of how to attach a photo would help? I got it right, Paperclip icon, then click upload once you've located your image. Don't forget to upload.
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