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Old 11-30-2017, 03:06 AM   #1
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2017 DS Under Slide LED Strip Lighting Controller

Does anyone know if the under slide LED strip lighting is connected to some kind of controller. If so, where is it located? I know where the on/off switch is but I donít know if there is a controller involved as well.
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Since the LED's are such a low amp draw, I couldn't see a reason for a controller. I would think it's just a switch, but I've been wrong before.... once.
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Old 12-01-2017, 03:40 AM   #3
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I'll take a "stab" here at responding to your question based upon my own experience (and learning from Newmar after reporting I had a bad slide LED strip).....

The Problem: The LED strips are direct wired to the on/off switch in your overhead console but do include small contact switches at and on each slide that host LEDs. If one of the LED strips on the underside of your slides is not working (while another is) then its most likely the contact switch on the affected slide. The small contact switches are designed to to break power to the LEDs such that they will not come on when the slides are in the closed position.

The fix: Closing and re-opening the affected slide will usually result in the (normally open) contact switch closing and the light strip coming on as does the other one. If not, i.e. the small contact switch may be out of adjustment or the slide is not fully extended to the open position. In my case it was my BR slide where the contact switch is located on the interior inside wall of the slide behind the wall panel beneath the head of the mattress. I assume its similarly located in the same position on the forward LR slide. The interior wall panel BR has to be removed to gain access to the switch and adjust it. See sketch below. Hope this helps.


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Yup, ^^^^^^^ that happened to me. Just pulled the slide in and back out to make it work again.
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We have 16 DSDP and just left Newmar with our warranty work repairs. One of the issues was the LED's in the bedroom slide would not always come on. The kitchen slide or the front slide has a contact switch to turn the lights on and off on the outside of the coach but the rear or bedroom slide does not. We found out the bedroom slide is controlled by the slide motor, if it does not "amp out" as they call it the lights will not come on underneath the bedroom slide.
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Interesting thread and all the multiple switch's involved to attract options for people to buy.
Why all the switch's on slides, when one would suffice with a led indicator, to show, on or off, when all LED's are lite under slides.
All wiring to one termination block to chase troubles if one LED strip didn't work.
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We have 16 DSDP and just left Newmar with our warranty work repairs. One of the issues was the LED's in the bedroom slide would not always come on. The kitchen slide or the front slide has a contact switch to turn the lights on and off on the outside of the coach but the rear or bedroom slide does not. We found out the bedroom slide is controlled by the slide motor, if it does not "amp out" as they call it the lights will not come on underneath the bedroom slide.
Our '17 EX definitely has a switch on the BR slide.
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I'll take a "stab" here at responding to your question based upon my own experience (and learning from Newmar after reporting I had a bad slide LED strip).....

The Problem: The LED strips are direct wired to the on/off switch in your overhead console but do include small contact switches at and on each slide that host LEDs. If one of the LED strips on the underside of your slides is not working (while another is) then its most likely the contact switch on the affected slide. The small contact switches are designed to to break power to the LEDs such that they will not come on when the slides are in the closed position.

The fix: Closing and re-opening the affected slide will usually result in the (normally open) contact switch closing and the light strip coming on as does the other one. If not, i.e. the small contact switch may be out of adjustment or the slide is not fully extended to the open position. In my case it was my BR slide where the contact switch is located on the interior inside wall of the slide behind the wall panel beneath the head of the mattress. I assume its similarly located in the same position on the forward LR slide. The interior wall panel BR has to be removed to gain access to the switch and adjust it. See sketch below. Hope this helps.

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Have the same problem on a 2017 LADP. Question: which size of the slide is the switch on? Closer to front of coach or rear of coach? Thanks for the info. Have been chasing the problem for sometime!

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Question: which size of the slide is the switch on? Closer to front of coach or rear of coach? Thanks for the info. Have been chasing the problem for sometime!

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Left (forward) bottom corner of the BR slide.
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Thank you sir!
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Was at Newmar a couple of weeks ago and they worked in that area adjusting the height of the slide rollers. Could have been collateral damage, if you know what I mean
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Possibly but it seems quite a few are having this same issue with the contact switch in the BR slide not making full contact (closing the circuit) when opening the slide. Hopefully Newmar's QC group has picked up on this and will make a production design improvement.
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This was on my list to have repaired on my 18DS. Yesterday I ran the slide out and it worked just fine. Maybe I didnít run the slide out when I had the issue. Well, itís fixed for now.
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This was on my list to have repaired on my 18DS. Yesterday I ran the slide out and it worked just fine. Maybe I didnít run the slide out when I had the issue. Well, itís fixed for now.
Don't feel bad, they can be intermittent and it happens. At least now you know how to remedy it.
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