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Old 04-06-2014, 08:29 PM   #1
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LED clearance light help!! fleetwood bounder

I bought some LED M9 clearance lights honestly without doing the research I should have. Opened the clearance light on our 94 Bounder to find a lighting mount that uses "posts" to power the light. The lights I bought have a power and ground wire. Anyone have any info on the wiring behind these posts? How to mount and wire the new? Or if these won't work what I could use?? We want to upgrade the lighting because the old setup is worn out and lights don't always light.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:00 PM   #3
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When you remove the base from the coach you will find wires on the back side. those are what you connect to the new lights wires.
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there are no wires..the power comes from the posts
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That base that your showing us the picture of needs to be removed and underneath you will find two wires going to it. Obviously the posts have to get power from somewhere and that somewhere is two wires underneath the base in the picture.
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Pull the base with the posts and you will find the wires.
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Yeah, you may have to do some soldering but what has been mentioned you will need to remove the old light, etc. These look what Wal*Mart has back in the automotive dept. They had these in LED's or the regular bulb like you show both in amber and red. This is what I had to do when I replaced mine. The white plastic that you insert the bulb just basically deteriorates and they do not make a good contact. I believe the LED's cost around $7-$8.
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Thanks guys. Just to be clear I removed the base and there are no wires behind it. The wires must be behind and attached to the posts inside the body.
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If I'm understanding you correctly, your post are molded into the cap. There are no holes in the cap that you can put your finger through?

Those would be pass through studs, the back looks like the front. With a nut holding the wire on.

If so, to upgrade you may half to drill a hole to fish the wires out of the cap. Unless you comfortable cutting the stud flush and soldering a wire on.
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Yes PDR John, you are correct. The posts are molded to the cap and thats how they power the light. There are no wires on the outside of the cap. Would I be able to pull the posts out and get to the wire?
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I would think you could. Maybe the stud has a nut on it to hold it through the cap? If not maybe use a hole saw that is slightly larger than the stud, put it over the stud and drill it out. The hole left in the cap can be used to pull the wires through the cap to hook up the new light.
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Yes PDR John, you are correct. The posts are molded to the cap and thats how they power the light. There are no wires on the outside of the cap. Would I be able to pull the posts out and get to the wire?

I think you'd still have to drill a hole to keep the wire from falling behind the cap.

On our '03 Fleetwood I could see the marker light wires after removing the TV. If you can do that, it would help a lot.

When I had to fix the lights on the rear cap, I end up running a new ground wire. The old one had broken off and fell down. I would have had to cut the cap off to find the wire.
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Are these posts/studs threaded? Also do the new lights you purchased have the same bolt spacing so that they will fit over your existing posts. Since both of these posts are wired for + and -, I'd just crimp a ring tongue wire connector the black with screw it down on the post. It looks like that may be how it is wire already on the black wire if the photo you attached is your light. Should be able to do the same for the white wire. Maybe we are trying to make this a lot harder than it needs to be. You certainly do not want the wires to drop back down inside the cap.
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Are these posts/studs threaded? Also do the new lights you purchased have the same bolt spacing so that they will fit over your existing posts. Since both of these posts are wired for + and -, I'd just crimp a ring tongue wire connector the black with screw it down on the post. It looks like that may be how it is wire already on the black wire if the photo you attached is your light. Should be able to do the same for the white wire. Maybe we are trying to make this a lot harder than it needs to be.
Yea the light slides right over but unfortunately the posts are not long enough to attach a wire and the nut. It appears the LED are just a fraction thicker
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