This is a thread where I can help! YAY! hehe
I have added a porch light
to my Compact II, and it's not hard at all. I was a little tense about drilling holes in the skin of my trailer, but as long as you don't use a mile long drill bit and you're careful, it's not tough.
I put my light
on the kitchen side of the doorway. Here are some particulars:
1. The inner skin around the kitchen can be gently pried away once you take out the retaining screws, so that you can see what you're doing. There's actually a small space between the outer shell and the kitchen's 'inner skin' in some places, plenty of room for a little wiring here and there...
2. In my trailer, there's already several power sources in that area, with all the lights
and the H20 pump, so there are plenty of options for power.
3. I went with a 12V light
, since my 12V system is either what I'm running on, or is being charged when I'm plugged in. Its the basic 12V porch light
you can buy at just about any RV supply place.
4. I only used one switch, inside, and it is the style that is lit up when the light
is on. My switch is right by the door, so if I do need to turn it off/on from the outside, it's not a far stretch...hehe
5. I haven't been on a trip with it since adding the light, but it's stored outside at my folks place, and I have yet to see any evidence of leaks
. I sealed it with that same sort of tape/caulk that is used around windows
Sadly I don't have any pics to share, though I'm seeing now from other people's threads that I should ALWAYS take pics for any project I do on my trailer! It's good reference for others down the road...
FYI, other repairs/upgrades I have done to my trailer include:
1. Adding an onboard 12V charger
2. Replacing the breather hat for the bathroom/black water tank
3. Created a tiny 'control panel' area in the kitchen for the porch light & H2O pump switch
4. Replaced fresh water filler
5. Added 12V outlet in bed/dinette area
Any mods/repairs I've done have not been complicated or complex, or I couldn't have done them! hehe Basically, if I could do it, pretty much anybody should be able to handle them. The BIG repair that I'll tackle down the road, when there's a garage for the trailer to be in again, is pulling the pop-top off and getting the canvas replaced. It's workable for now, but the windows
don't close anymore, the velcro's all shot, so it's just time...
Anyway, happy modding, and feel free to message me with any questions/comments, K?