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Old 04-23-2019, 04:01 PM   #1
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Indirect patio lighting

Recently seen a new coach with LED tape lighting applied to the inside bottom edge of the patio slide, this provided enough light on the patio without being offensively bright as the LED strips applied to the awnings. Has anybody performed this modification that can provide suggestions or guidance?
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I used LED lights from Recpro.com when I installed lights under my awning.
https://www.recpro.com/led-rv-awning...nting-channel/
I like the mounting channel and ease of installation. So, if looking to use them on the slide or chassis of the motorhome, it would be a matter of finding a location where you can mount the channel (smooth surface that can be cleaned). Then, you would have to figure out how to secure the power cord and route it to a power outlet. It really depends on construction of the motorhome.

I can see how having LED lights mounted on the lower chassis would provide nice lighting for when sitting out on the patio at night. Others have accomplished the same thing by just using rope lighting and laying it on the ground under the motorhome. That seems like a much easier alternative....it would be very easy to do with my rig.
Something such as these would be easy to use:
https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Maliv...s%2C176&sr=8-6
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:37 AM   #3
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Recently seen a new coach with LED tape lighting applied to the inside bottom edge of the patio slide, this provided enough light on the patio without being offensively bright as the LED strips applied to the awnings. Has anybody performed this modification that can provide suggestions or guidance?
Is something like this what you are referring to? The LEDs are under the outside lip of the slides with the wiring entering through the wiring bus with all of the coach wiring. The controllers are RF and mounted in the basement and under the front. There are four zones and each one can be controlled independently or all together . All of the parts were ordered on Amazon. The only addition was to put outdoor butyl rubber double sided tape on the LED strips as I didn't trust the double sided tape that came with them.
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Is something like this what you are referring to? The LEDs are under the outside lip of the slides with the wiring entering through the wiring bus with all of the coach wiring. The controllers are RF and mounted in the basement and under the front. There are four zones and each one can be controlled independently or all together . All of the parts were ordered on Amazon. The only addition was to put outdoor butyl rubber double sided tape on the LED strips as I didn't trust the double sided tape that came with them.
Yes, that's the idea, however I was just interested on putting the lights along the patio slide to give some indirect mode lighting while visiting with friends. What am I looking for on Amazon?
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Yes, that's the idea, however I was just interested on putting the lights along the patio slide to give some indirect mode lighting while visiting with friends. What am I looking for on Amazon?
If you just want white light, then you can get standard LED strips with only white. If you want colors, then there are two types to search for. RGB uses the three colors mixed to simulate white. RGBW adds a fourth LED with a true white light. Make sure you get controllers and strips that are compatible. The best remote control is RF (Radio Frequency) that does not require line of sight like IR remotes. There are several kits available on Amazon that have the controller, LED strip and power supply. I tapped into the coach 12v power, so I don't have to use power supplies.
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If you just want white light, then you can get standard LED strips with only white. If you want colors, then there are two types to search for. RGB uses the three colors mixed to simulate white. RGBW adds a fourth LED with a true white light. Make sure you get controllers and strips that are compatible. The best remote control is RF (Radio Frequency) that does not require line of sight like IR remotes. There are several kits available on Amazon that have the controller, LED strip and power supply. I tapped into the coach 12v power, so I don't have to use power supplies.
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I have a 14 40SP. and would like to add LED strips under our slide outs. How did you manage the wiring. get inside the slide then down to the basement.
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I have a 14 40SP. and would like to add LED strips under our slide outs. How did you manage the wiring. get inside the slide then down to the basement.
I ran the wires through the "chase" that houses all of the slide wiring, hoses etc then extended the wire into the basement area. That worked on three slides that had wiring, but on my fourth bedroom slide I ran the wire along the bottom of the slide and secured it with aluminum air conditioning tape. The only thing it rubs is the wiper seal on the bottom and I terminated it in the bedroom nightstand.
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I would love a bit more detail. Not sure what the chases are. For the life of me I canít figure out how wiring etc goes out on the slide outs.
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I recently traded my Adventurer for a new RED 37BA and there is a string of white LEDs already in the lower channel of the awning roller bar. They look great, but for the life of me, I can't see how to turn them on. I've looked on all the panels and at all the switches inside, but still no luck.
Does anyone know how they work??:
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I recently traded my Adventurer for a new RED 37BA and there is a string of white LEDs already in the lower channel of the awning roller bar. They look great, but for the life of me, I can't see how to turn them on. I've looked on all the panels and at all the switches inside, but still no luck.
Does anyone know how they work??:
Depending on the year model, they either turn on with porch light on the Spyder system or there is a separate switch on the passenger console next to the window.
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On our 33aa the light in the awning is controlled by a rocker switch on the top of the passenger control panel and is labeled "porch awning light".
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