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Old 12-03-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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mid ship turn signal and marker light '04 Inspire

We have a '04 Inspire and I would like to install a mid-ship amber combination marker light and turn signal on both sides of the coach. Does anyone have any knowledge where the loomed harness runs that I could tap into?

Appreciate the help if you can.

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #2
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The harness runs down the center of the chassis.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Thanks Don, at least now I know where I have to start.

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Tom,

I've often thought I should do the same with my 05 Inspire but have not researched it. I'm wondering if it would be easier to bring the wires up from the rear tail lights. I'm not going to get to it for awhile but I'll be watching for your progress.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:39 PM   #5
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I've often thought I should do the same with my 05 Inspire but have not researched it. I'm wondering if it would be easier to bring the wires up from the rear tail lights. I'm not going to get to it for awhile but I'll be watching for your progress.
I think John's idea would be the best. CC labeled the wires at the beginning of the run and again at the end. trying to find the wire in the middle of a loom would be a real pain. I have been thinking about doing the same thing after reading the post and have decided that after 10 years without it, I don't need it.
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May want to think about running from front back. That way you would not have the side signal light coming on with brake and would operate like front with marker and turn.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:04 PM   #7
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cnkinthebus I like your idea about coming from the front to the rear which would avoid the brake light issue. Much better idea than my original of doing open heart surgury on the main harness which is probably loaded and would eliminate me from poking holes in the insulation trying to find the right wire.

The lamp I like is made by Grote p/n 53493 Super Nova oval which is LED and goes for $63.05 (whew!) from Wheeling Truck Center.

Now to select a spot without destroying a very solid Inspire.

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Do your bay doors swing up or out? You could find an equal area on both sides where lights could be on bay door near hing and run wires in 3/8 split loom. Post some pics of where you are thinking.
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I'm surprised CC didn't include them, since they didn't I'd be all for doing it. Never thought about it since both our DSDP's have had them.
Probably would take them off the front too, wiring would be easier to find and run inside the bays.
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mid ship turn signal/marker lights

Our basement doors swing up and I had thoughts about installing them high up on the door making sure a slide which was out wouldnt get tangled up with them. The wiring and zip loom shouldn't be too bad of a job and using Adel clamps along the compartments sounds good to me. I really don't want to comprimise the gel coat by drilling holes in the FRP siding.

I really appreciate all the guidance and suggestions which make this site such a useful tool for any DIY.

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Mid ship lights

I did that last month. I went from rear forward. Spliced into the brake light behind the light and ran the lines under the doors through the rubber gaskets and up through the floor beneath the light. I installed LED's that go on when I brake and blink with the turn signals. I have replaced my running lights with LED's as well. I'm now in the process of converting over to interior LED's.
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Did you use a flush mount light or one that needs a large hole and where did you mount them? I already went off the deep end and bought flush mount LED's. Any reason you went to the rear to splice into running and turn lights?

We've converted all the interior lights in our Inspire to LED's and will probably start on the front 5 amber clearance lights as soon as I can find the right lamp.

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Did you use a flush mount light or one that needs a large hole and where did you mount them? I already went off the deep end and bought flush mount LED's. Any reason you went to the rear to splice into running and turn lights?

We've converted all the interior lights in our Inspire to LED's and will probably start on the front 5 amber clearance lights as soon as I can find the right lamp.

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Tom,
My LED lights were not flush mount. I purchased lights that had a white plastic, thin frame, base that I cut down to the level of the regulator. I installed them in the same location that the relectors were located. I went from back forward because the routing was easier for me - I have a small harness of wires from the TOAD forward that I moved through the rubber door gaskets.
I also changed out the running lights both at the low and high positions on the side. Will be doing the front and rear running lights also. But first I'm rewiring the entertainment control cabinet inside because I installed an outside entertainment center and updating is needed.
Curious, where did you get your lights for the interior switch to LED?

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Steve, thanks for the info on your lamp installation, it is appreciated. The LED conversion for all the overhead lighs was done by the original owner and they removed the Halogen lamps and instalked the LED's. Not sure who did this but I doubt they did the work. I don't know if the ceiling lights are something CC made or the original owner had made but they are rectangle wood fixtures with four round flush mounted LED lamps in each fixture. There are five spare bulbs that came with he coach and they are retained in the wood fixture by some pretty hefty springs. I've not been in any Inspire than ours so I really don't know if these fixtures were production or special made. There are two light fixtures over the bathroom sink one of which is like I just described and one that looks stock that had Halogen bulbs that I replaced with LED pinch type.

Our build # is 51172 if that helps.

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