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Posted: 06/04/19 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to use and how I’m going to do this but I have one thing I’m trying to decide. I’m going to use led tape/strip and trying to decide the angle I want to install. I’m going to install on the trailer just below the awning. Should I install so they are pointed straight out from the trailer, towards the ground, or at a 45 degree angle?

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I just stuck them on the side of the TT, but I incased them in a rectanglular silicon tube! The first one I put up corroded and would not work right.

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WNYBob wrote:

I just stuck them on the side of the TT, but I incased them in a rectanglular silicon tube! The first one I put up corroded and would not work right.


I was thinking I would put them in a rail with a cover. Did you use clear or opaque cover?

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I looked into these too . My son's trailer has them and honestly , they kind of bother the eyes if setting looking at the trailer . I mounted some just under the bottom side of our Winnie drop ,they shine straight down at the ground "amber " . Plenty of light , no bugs at the porch light or under canopy . I like them there under bottom side of the trailer best . no eye strain .

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My "08" fifth wheel did not have awning lights, I purchased the entire system from Superbright LED's.... I placed an aluminum rail 1/2" below the awning, it allowed the LED strip to mount on a 45 * angle and I used a clear cover to seal it all in..


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Who makes the lighting effect for shining up in the trees?


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I bought LED strips off amazon and an adapter to wire them into my patio light. Just make sure you buy the encased strips meant for outdoor use and you don’t need to do anything else to them. I stuck mine to the underside of the awning track. Don’t think it matters what angle they are mounted on, the projection will be similar. Get some 3M double sided automotive tape to mount them as the tape the strips come with doesn’t work very well. Mine started falling off after 2 weeks the first time around. The 3M tape has been on for 3 years so far.


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They have a new style, wonder if it resists the weather better. Called LED neon rope. Same rgb strip but it's installed into a track and then extruded into translucent white silicone.


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We have the neon rope lights but have a special slot they slide into on our awning roller. Been using them 8 years now and still working fine. We like the because they give a decent amount of light but are not blinding.

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I mounted two strips flat on the wall under the awning. One RGB strip and one warm white strip on separate switches.


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