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Old 08-08-2020, 07:31 AM   #1
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Marker light replacement advice to led 84 Nomad

I am shopping for led light replacements for my marker lights on side and back or my 84 Nomad 22' travel trailer. They are dim incandescants and would like advice on better led replacment quality markers. Would like to use original 3" seperated mounting holes and current base sizes are 4x 1 1//2" with center hole for wires on mount (originals have a power and ground wire that I assume are each "daisy chained" throughout the trailer). I measured across power and neutral at bulbs and only get 9v on tailight bulbs and 6-7 volts on small marker bulbs. Markers are finicky when wiring pulled out a little from inside holes so I am concerned about integrity of how well (sodered ?) all is connected inside trailer walls from original wiring methods. Hoping low power requirements on LEDs might help with dimness and new connections in base might help with finicky intermittance. (All wiring pulled back from hole in metal skin looks good)Any advice on shopping for better quality leds not outrageously priced and wiring concerns (intermittance in series on upper level group of 3 rear lights) would be greatly appreciated.
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P.S. Reviews from verified owners for kits of qty of 14 or so have not been good for $40 range prices.

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Old 08-08-2020, 08:14 AM   #2
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Old 08-08-2020, 11:36 PM   #3
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One thing you should consider is the time its going to replace one of those LED markers when it dies. I was going to update all of my lighting to LED but 1 week after replacing just died. It was made by Optronics...good brand too. I tell Lexel off was way way worse than the silicone that was there before. If I left it incandescent all I would have had to do was replace a bulb which takes 30 seconds vs the 30 minutes spent to replace the whole light.
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Old 08-09-2020, 07:26 AM   #4
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Thanks for replies from Bob Caldwell & green plaid for coments. As I mentioned, lack of brightness/intensity, is something I would like to improve on and flicker on and off pulling on wires to base of markers outward from holes causes headscratching/can't figure out the issue? Anyone know how wiring runs inside skin on old trailers like this? Do wires feeding marker light bases daisy chain off one wire with solder connections or screw caps. Trying to understand why power to lights so fragile to top rear group of marker lights on trailer. Would hate to have to open corner seals and rear roof fastening strip to roll open siding at top rear of trailer to inspect and redo connections unnecessarily. As I mentioned, the top row of rear marker lights are finicky on/off when feed wires at base are moved around. Grateful for any trouble shooting experiences relative.

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If they are 194 lamps, (or any other for that matter) it's an easy matter to change out the bulbs to LED. I did some with a 5 LED bulb from Super Bright LEDs to replace 194 lamps. The sockets may need cleaning and a light coat of dielectric grease to help prevent corrosion. If you are having wiring issues, you will have to remove the fixtures and reseal them upon re-installation with butyl.

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Old 08-10-2020, 01:40 AM   #6
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If the fixture isn't bad, just replace the bulb with LEDs. I replaced all of mine (inside and out). Added two inside fixtures. The owner/manager or whatever was most helpful. They specialize in RV lights, too.
I've been using them a little over a year with no problem.
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Old 08-10-2020, 01:43 AM   #7
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By the way... ref on/off... if the bulb sockets are spring loaded you are pulling the contact from the bulb.
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Old 08-10-2020, 06:54 AM   #8
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Redneck Trailer supplies has a large selection of LED lighting.

That specific web page allows you to download their catalogs.
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Old 08-10-2020, 03:45 PM   #9
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Just get'em off of Amazon, they are all Chinese made anyway no matter where you buy them.
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