Originally Posted by Joedean
How did you get power to the lights under the awning? Did you drill a hole through the outside skin? If so, how did you seal or weatherproof?
I just found your reply above.
I need to get some pictures of mine on the 5th wheel. It looks like the factory done it....probably better because none of my stuff is crooked.
I went a little over board but I wanted it to look right. First I bought some 3M industrial strength double sided tape and used that to mount it so I was sure it wouldn't come down. I also bought a roll of wire to extend the harness from the light strip. I put that inside a concealer like this:
I ran that beside the awning arm to where the basement was. I then drilled a hole through the camper (yes....this took some guts) and ran the wire through to the inside where I tapped power from a basement light. Although my wire is right next to the battery I wanted to tap into the basement light so the LED strip would run off the inverter when plugged into shore power. I then caulked the top of the concealer and down the seam of it so water wouldn't get into the concealer and follow the wires down. After that I pumped the hole I drilled full of caulk. It's definitely water tight.
I put a link above to the controller I used a few posts up. The reason I used that controller is 2 fold. First it's RF so I was able to mount it inside the basement area and the remote still works where as IR it has to be line of sight to the remote. The other reason is because of the 2 options for power it has. You can buy an inverter that plugs into the wall (which I didn't want) or you can straight wire it with a hot and ground to the 2 terminals on the controller. I've had mine on for 2 years I believe now and it works great and looks great. I did a ton of reading before starting so I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted to do it and that's what I ended up with.