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Old 02-24-2019, 08:54 AM   #1
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Scare light bezel

As most would agree, the LED scare light on Airstreams is pretty useless except to annoy campground neighbors or help find the trailer after a late night visit to the bath house.

On the other hand I struggle with enough light to use my grill under the canopy in the evening after dark. Even string lights along the canopy and a lantern next to the grill don't help much.

What I'd like to do is direct that scare light illumination downward. I've researched these forums and found some good ideas utilizing dog food bowls with one side dremeled out (thanks RLS), marine clamshell vents such as https://www.westmarine.com/buy/seafi...07?recordNum=2
and louvers made for venting the eves of your house.

I have yet to find a clamshell vent or dogfood bowl that will fit over the existing light and it's bezel, not to mentions questions of how to mount my light deflector without drilling holes into the side of the trailer.

It seems the best course of action would be to remove the existing bezel, to allow use of a smaller bowl or vent, and to allow use of the existing light mounting holes. The problem is getting the darn bezel off. Anyone know of any tricks? Earlier Airsteams have visible screws, on the later ones like mine the bezel covers the mounting screws.

I've pried with my bone tool but I'm afraid if I persist I'll dent the trailer or damage the light. How is the bezel held on? Is it little teeth on the inner diameter that grab the sides of the plastic lens? Or does the base somehow bayonet onto the screws that mount the light to the trailer skin? I hate to have to buy a new assembly to proceed, but it's looking that way. Any ideas? Thanks!
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:03 AM   #2
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There was half a tube of caulking holding mine in place on our Excella and with the wires embedded in this glob.
Do not remove this unless you want a headache.

how about a headlamp for outdoor work?
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:27 AM   #3
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I like the headlamps, but so do the bugs. It's a landing light for every bug in Florida .

I just got a couple of cheap clamp work lights from Lowes. I put one on the AS awning rafter and another under the first up popup. The light shines down on our stuff and not into the neighbors' windows. They are connected to an extension cord with a switch.
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Old 02-27-2019, 01:51 PM   #4
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Scare light bezel

We beat the locomotive headlamp effect by going to an auto parts store and procuring automotive taillight and parking light repair plastic. It’s flat, self-adhesive, durable, and reasonably thick (easy to cut and handle).
So I measured the diameter of the lamp face, cut the repair plastic (we chose amber) to the same size disc, peeled off the backing and stuck it on. After trying it the first night, I added a second disc on top, for two layers. The two dimmed the light so it was no longer blasting out your eyes, and the amber color acts as a bug light.

Another option we’ve successfully tried is to have a reverse-engraved disc made. We used clear double-sided tape to mount it (over a disc of red lens repair plastic. The engraver personalized it with the name of our rig.Click image for larger version

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Old 02-27-2019, 05:25 PM   #5
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Another option we’ve successfully tried is to have a reverse-engraved disc made. We used clear double-sided tape to mount it (over a disc of red lens repair plastic. The engraver personalized it with the name of our rig.Attachment 334570[/QUOTE]

Could you expand on your method mentioned above? Did you have the disc made at a vinyl design shop? Neat idea! Thanks.
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I replaced my scare light with a blue tooth speaker and light combo. There will be an article in the next Trailer Life on my install. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-27-2019, 07:13 PM   #7
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Hey, your trailer has rabies!! There is foamy white stuff on its seams?
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:13 PM   #8
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Another option we’ve successfully tried is to have a reverse-engraved disc made. We used clear double-sided tape to mount it (over a disc of red lens repair plastic. The engraver personalized it with the name of our rig.Attachment 334570


Could you expand on your method mentioned above? Did you have the disc made at a vinyl design shop? Neat idea! Thanks.[/QUOTE]



It’s not cut-out vinyl, but that’s also a good idea.

Ours is plastic engraving laminate. It’s about 1/16” thick and is designed to be rotary engraved from the back side. The top layer is clear, so the engraving cutter actually milled away the colored layer on the backside, forming the letters. The result is a smooth outer surface. The engraver then cut the whole thing out as a disc shape. The result is a very smooth, beveled outer edge. Yes, an engraving shop made it.

Then I bought some heavy duty double-sided clear tape from Big Orange, covered the back of the disc, and stuck it on.

Hope this answers all your questions. If not, fire away!
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:35 PM   #9
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The OP is back.....
I've enjoyed some of the tangents my original question lead off to, but to bring things back to removing the bezel....

I got the sucker off. Used an automotive trim removal tool that provides lots of concentrated leverage, and a piece of plywood so the fulcrum point of that leverage doesn't dent the Airstream skin, popped off the bezel off.

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Photo shows the pry tool on the piece of plywood, along with the bezel upside down after removal, and two wooden spacers used to help work the bezel off. Also shown is a bowl to hopefully be made into my new light shield. May have to find one a tad larger, but I'll give this one a try first. Bezel is held on by three small tabs that fit into three dimples in the base of the light assembly, located just outside of the three screw positions. Easy to figure out once it's off, but a mystery until then.
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:43 PM   #10
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Maybe I am the only one who doesn't know...but what the heck is a "scare light"?

I don't think that our Serenity has one...does it?
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:56 PM   #11
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The big light on the side of your trailer. The ON/OFF switch is just inside the door.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:22 AM   #12
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The big light on the side of your trailer. The ON/OFF switch is just inside the door.
The one over the door? Scare light in that turn it on to scare the opossum off your steps?
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:50 AM   #13
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The one over the door? Scare light in that turn it on to scare the opossum off your steps?
Not over the door, but more or less centered on the side of the trailer.

Some models have it, some don't. Airstream calls it 512532 Utility Light, LED, 4".

Here's a picture of one: http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...oducts_id=1386

It would make a great backup light if it were mounted at the rear of the trailer, 'cause it's so bright.
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Thanks for the info both of you.

Our 2017 30' Serenity doesn't have one. Must be the "serene" theme going on.
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:29 PM   #16
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Well, my scare light cover/deflector is coming along...
I've just got to solder the two stainless steel parts together, then I can install it using the same three screws that hold the light assembly on. Just waiting for the silver solder and special flux I've ordered to arrive.
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Nice work.
I want to remove mine for a different reason, I think I have a leaking gasket under the light. I too have a stubborn bezel and I have sent you a PM with some questions on getting the bezel off.
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Old 03-03-2019, 06:42 PM   #18
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Nice work.
I want to remove mine for a different reason, I think I have a leaking gasket under the light. I too have a stubborn bezel and I have sent you a PM with some questions on getting the bezel off.
PM sent. For further info.... I'd suggest using the trim tool I illustrated plus the sheet of plywood. Pry dead center at the bottom and you'd be at the location of the bottom screw and tab. Be sure you're prying only on the bezel, not the black plastic base that the screws go through. Once you pop one loose you can put something under the bezel there and go for another. They're 120° apart.
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So, I've been working on a scare light cover for our '06 (old style porch light fixture). I think it will work just fine... ~$15 total investmentClick image for larger version

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So, I've been working on a scare light cover for our '06 (old style porch light fixture). I think it will work just fine... ~$15 total investment
Looks good.
Got mine mounted on the Airstream, works well to direct light downward instead of out.
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