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Old 12-04-2022, 11:02 AM   #1
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Lighted Cup Holder

My 2022 London Aire came without the driver's side cup holder insert and illumination. I now have parts, but have a question that someone on the irv2 may already know the answer to.

See the attached pics of what it looks like installed from the Newmar website and the pics of the parts I have; a rubbery cup holder insert and two LED lights with wire leads.

I can attach the wire leads and insert the cup holder insert. The lights appear to need to penetrate the wall of the cup holder insert. But there are no pre-tapped holes. Am I to drill them? I speculate that insert is universal for all cup holders regardless of illumination or not, thus why no pre-drilled holes.

Input appreciated.
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Old 12-04-2022, 12:58 PM   #2
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My guess, you need to drill the holes. That cup holder is probably the same one used in several models without lights. From the look of the first photo with lights, the light is shining from the divider between the two holes toward the outer edge of both cup holder holes. You can see a spotlight effect.

Again, my guess, you drill the side of that block that divides the two cup holes. The LED has a grommet, so practice on a piece of similar plastic to see what size hole you need that will fit that grommet correctly. Then drill both sides of that center block and run the lights up into that center area from underneath.
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Old 12-04-2022, 07:07 PM   #3
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For the price of a London Aire…Newmar or the dealer would be dealing with this and not me as the owner.
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Old 12-04-2022, 09:15 PM   #4
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For the price of a London Aire…Newmar or the dealer would be dealing with this and not me as the owner.
No argument, but I'm handy and can save time and fuel just doing it myself.
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Are illuminated cup holders necessary? Were it my decision, I would tuck the lights into a plastic bag, secure it in one of your nearby dash drawers, and install the rubber insert unlit.
I would be loath to create an access point for spilt beverage to drain down into the side panel.
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I'd mount both facing forward. If it faces back or up with nothing in the cup holder it's going to be a bright light at night.
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My 2022 London Aire came without the driver's side cup holder insert and illumination. I now have parts, but have a question that someone on the irv2 may already know the answer to.

See the attached pics of what it looks like installed from the Newmar website and the pics of the parts I have; a rubbery cup holder insert and two LED lights with wire leads.

I can attach the wire leads and insert the cup holder insert. The lights appear to need to penetrate the wall of the cup holder insert. But there are no pre-tapped holes. Am I to drill them? I speculate that insert is universal for all cup holders regardless of illumination or not, thus why no pre-drilled holes.

Input appreciated.
Well Sir,
I applaud your efforts and desires. As you can see, some folks don't care about widgets and gadgets and tinkering. It's your coach so, LIGHT UP THE WORLD if you like! I've dabbled in LED's on and off for a while now. I'm presently getting back into them. I think they're a kick in the pants. The uses are endless. Our '14 Bennington 26' Tri-toon boat with the Yamaha 350HP 5.3L V-8 has lighted cup holders and lighted isle accents, speakers, outside of the boat illumination of the pontoons, and below water blue lighting. I love all that stuff.

As for your placement and insertion of the LED's, well, not being there and seeing your predicament, it's hard to advise just where would be the most strategic placement. If I was doing this, here's a thought. I'd maybe acquire some 3/16" plexiglass and cut it in the same diameter as the inside of the cup holder, maybe a tad smaller. Then, I'd drill a hole in the center of that plexiglass and insert the LED. Then, cut a hole in the bottom of the cup holder for the wire leads to protrude through. Then wire it up.

Now, when you turn your lights on, your new LED cup holder will light up the total circumference due to the propagation of the LED beam. And, you'll also have a straight up illumination due to the center of the LED. You get both worlds that way. Just a thought here. Good luck and please post your outcome.
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P.S. Below is a project I did several years ago. I always liked the LED lights in the mirrors of cars and trucks used as turn signals. Sooooo, I decided to make my own. I had an '08 Honda Goldwing back then and wanted those in my mirrors. So, I removed the mirrors, outlined a drill pattern, drilled the holes and was very, VERY careful of not drilling into the backside of the glass. I built the LED system using two different resistors and inserted all the flat top RED LED's. That was a fun project. And it turned out just like factory ones. Your project should be just as fun. Good luck.
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Impressive. I got instructions from Newmar. It was easy to do. The lights did face forward.
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One thing that I've found out about drilling plastic, using a twist drill can cause an out of round hole as it pulls itself thru the material.
A step drill makes a clean hole with no rough edges.

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Impressive. I got instructions from Newmar. It was easy to do. The lights did face forward.
Tony,
As you've seen, goofing around with LED stuff is a fun little hobby and it may, or may not, have beneficial uses. "Lighted" components have been installed in cars, boats, trucks, motorhomes, motorcycles, space ships, submarines, alien crafts and a whole lot more for decades. Do all of them serve a purpose, most likely not. But they're cool and have tendency to create an ambience affect in certain cases. These are the ones I was telling you about in our 26' '14 Bennington tri-toon boat.
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