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Old 04-21-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Problem replacing clearance lights

I need to replace several clearance lights on the front, and rear of our 2004 Dutchstar.

They are led lights….I have the new lights and gaskets. I’ve attached a picture of the new light.

As I try to remove the old lights….I first have to dig out a bunch of black rubber type caulking inside the hole where the wiring goes through. (Seems like a poor design.)

I finally dug out enough of the black stuff to pull on the wiring a little…..but can’t get more than a couple of inches of wiring exposed. I’m afraid to pull too hard.

How do I get to the end of the wire….in order to attach the new one?

Or….do I need to just cut the old wire….cut the new wire…..and attach with wire nuts? ( That seems like something that could eventually wiggle it’s way undone after the coach is driven for awhile.)

Thanks for any help or suggestions.

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Welcome to the forum.
May want to follow what Max did with his lights or check other links in QT's # 3.
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Personally, I would cut the wires and re-connect with heat-shrink butt connectors and put a little clear silicone around the holes for the screws and wire for a water tight connection.
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Just a couple of generic hints. 1) NEVER use wire nuts on a vehicle, as you suspect they will eventually loosen. 2) Instead, get the proper size but splice connectors, and the proper pliers to crimp the splices. 3) the "D" in LED stands for "diode" that means that unlike incandescent bulbs, LED's are polarity sensitive. If connected backwards they will not light. My guess is that the white wire on your new LED is the ground and the yellow is the power.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:26 PM   #5
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Thank you everyone for your responses.

Heat sink butt connectors.....well....as they say.....you learn something new everyday. I googled it....and now understand.

I know enough to be dangerous....and I didn't think wire nuts would be very effective.

Prior to posting.....I had looked all through the forums at anything involving "clearance lights"....including Max's cool fix.....but nothing addressed the wiring questions I had. (The answer was probably obvious to those more handy with repairs than I am.)

Thanks again.....Erin
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In your over head fans you have access to wiring behind the wood paneling.
http://www.irv2.com/attachments/phot...5Image0142.JPG

All your wiring for clearance lights are there.
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What do you mean by overhead fans, and wood paneling?

Do you mean the piece of wood.....behind the tv cabinet.....that the window shade track is attached to? That doesn't seem easily accessible....but I could be wrong.

Also....I need to change some in the back....and we have a closet along the back.
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I have a 2006 Mountain Aire and had the same thing. I think they installed the lights and then pulled them tight from the inside. Well anyway, I added on to the wires by soldering on extensions and the using shrink tube to cover them. I added 8" of wire to know that I will always have enough.

It was not easy getting the old lights off. Newmar made sure that they wouldn't leak with a lot of silicone.

I install Peterbuilt truck light instead of the stock lights. They have a replaceable LED.

Good Luck!
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