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Old 11-05-2012, 07:53 AM   #43
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Jim, are you running new wires against bare fiberglass before wall covering?
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:57 AM   #44
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The lights fixtures I mentioned use "Festoon" type LED's with a standard base for that style lamp. They can be put in backwards at the factory so, if they don't light the 1st time they are turned on, quickly reverse them in the socket even before checking your wiring.
BTW: Never leave the power ON for a reversed LED, some, if not all, will fry themselves.

As to your other Q:
I used to do a lot of mini-RV repairs but have stopped doing structural work, especialy on stickies. Mostly I now do remodel and update/upgrade jobs. It used to be for fun and profit, now it's mostly for fun!!!!

Heres a link to a few I have done:

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:00 AM   #45
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Did you try looking for that same light on eBay.CA ?

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Darn it Bob, Seller from EBay does not ship to Canada. It looks like a great LED light, so will continue searching. Seems nice and bright. Jim
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:01 AM   #46
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Jim, are you running new wires against bare fiberglass before wall covering?
Cat, No but will be running wires on the inside between the foam and panelling for future lighting. Why do you ask?
But I just installed a switch for the exterior light which I can operate inside Bigfoot....very time consuming job, as had to cut the interior panel (no problem as I will be painting the interior anyways) in order to route the wire to the switch. When I wired everything together, the blue connector for the switch was too long to mount on the solid wall, so had to relocate the switch under one of the cabinets and drill a hole so that the connectors would fit in place....seems like when you start one project, it can get more complicated...had to go back to my electrical how to do book in order to get the switch operating correctly.
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Bob, would you look at another thread of mine and offer your opinion, please?

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Jim, The reason that I asked is that I am running wires on fiberglass before putting up wall covering. Electrical tape doesn't hold wires in place against the fiberglass as well as I would like. I'm sure I will disturb them when putting up ensolite.

Do you have any pics of the seperate (remote) switch. I would like to add a porch light with and inside switch.
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Jim, The reason that I asked is that I am running wires on fiberglass before putting up wall covering. Electrical tape doesn't hold wires in place against the fiberglass as well as I would like. I'm sure I will disturb them when putting up ensolite.

Do you have any pics of the seperate (remote) switch. I would like to add a porch light with and inside switch.
Cat, I have a few pics so will download later.... the black wire coming into the outside light first has to go to one side of the the light switch, (not directly to the light fixture) and then another black wire is hooked up to the fixture from the other terminal at the switch. The white wire goes directly to the fixture from the incoming wire that was originally wired to your existing fixture. Hope I explained this enough for you to understand, if not let me know.
There is a very sticky tape, its red in colour and obtained from building supply store, eg home dept, lowes....so will probably stick to your fiberglass walls. Jim
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Thanks Jim, look forward to seeing pics. I am starting from scratch. No existing wiring. Closed up every hole in shell. This has been a compete frame off restore and I am feeling way over my head at this point. So very confused about this whole wiring thing and now a big (for me) door problem. Totally overwhelmed. any pics or info that you can share will be received with gratitude.

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Cat, really like your picasaweb....have to learn how to post pics by using it, as I can load pics as I go, rather than posting individual pics....tips would be helpful on how to download pics to it...thanks
I have not taken it off the frame as it seems to good condition, but your restore seems a lot more work than mine, but just take it easy, one step at a time, and keep asking questions.
The wiring from the battery was 16 gauge, and now I am upgrading to 8 to the new PD4045 converter and will be running wiring under the trailer, but enclosing the wire.
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Jim,

Thanks for your encouragement. Unfortunately I didn't know to take pics of some things before the tear down and now while putting things back together sometimes I don't stop to take good pics.

Ill send you a private message about picassa.
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Wiring LED fixtures

To answer your earlier questions all light fixtures need a ground and hot wire. In the case of LEDs the power levels are very low, typically the level of 1/4 amp per bulb.
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So very confused about this whole wiring thing
Cat, if you havent seen it yet the Scamp manual which you can download from their website does have a wiring diagram in that may help make things a little clearer.
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Thanks Carol, will check that out.
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Carol,

Don't know what my problem is - I just looked at that diagram and feel more confused than ever. I may just have to find someone here locally to help me. For some reason I can't get my head wrapped around electrical. Just when I think I'm starting to get it I realize that I don't! Ugh
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