LED clearance light mod - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-27-2016, 01:32 AM   #1
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I needed to change out the factory side marker lights and bought LEDs for the job. Discovered the wiring connection is a lot different from the Casita factory installed lights. Because of the wire leads on the LEDs, I decided to bring the factory wires through the light base to make the connection on the inside. In Casita's they install the maker lights before gluing on the carpet. You can NOT pull the wires to get any slack if they're short. I added a short extension and pushed the extra inside. Anyway, I cut two holes in the bases to allow me to bring the wires into the light base. I soldered ring connectors to all the leads so I could use the rivets to complete the circuit. Hopefully if I ever have to replace these again I can drill off the rivet head without ruining the ring connector. I may add a small sacrificial washer as there is plenty of room.
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:53 AM   #2
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Reading your other post it looks like you've had quite the adventure with these. In the end a nice, neat install. Raz
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Thanks Raz, never did find any threads on what folks really had to do so I hope this helps others down the line. I did a bit of head scratching, trying to see through the "forest and tree" thing. I did one as a test and it worked out fine. Got the other three prepped and ready to install.
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Great job Dave! You found a way.
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Nice Job

Nice job...the LED's are nice and bright, I don't know why manufacturers do not just do this from the get go.


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Looks great! I was eyeballing these to replace but suspect a small project lies ahead, and I have too many right now
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Nice job...the LED's are nice and bright, I don't know why manufacturers do not just do this from the get go.


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Most do these days, or at least offer the option as an upgrade. The OP trailer is 10 years old, LEDs were pretty expensive back then.
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I needed to change out the factory side marker lights and bought LEDs for the job. Discovered the wiring connection is a lot different from the Casita factory installed lights. Because of the wire leads on the LEDs, I decided to bring the factory wires through the light base to make the connection on the inside. In Casita's they install the maker lights before gluing on the carpet. You can NOT pull the wires to get any slack if they're short. I added a short extension and pushed the extra inside. Anyway, I cut two holes in the bases to allow me to bring the wires into the light base. I soldered ring connectors to all the leads so I could use the rivets to complete the circuit. Hopefully if I ever have to replace these again I can drill off the rivet head without ruining the ring connector. I may add a small sacrificial washer as there is plenty of room.
I like the way you did these marker lights Dave. I thought about putting some on my Boler but after all the work I did to eliminate unnecessary rivets holes I'm not sure I want to go down that rabbit hole...will have to give that some more thought...
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Trillium and Boler side marker wiring

In my 40 year old Trillium and in my old Bolers (Boler 13 now sold and Boler 17), the area inside the camper behind the side marker fixtures is uncovered bare fiberglass surface. When I replaced the side marker fixtures on my Trillium, I drilled a hole straight through the fixture AND camper shell, then pulled the new fixture wires inside the camper and then crimped them to the original camper wires. Easily done.

Living in the Northeast, I decided to locate the wire splices INSIDE the camper to protect them from road salt and precipitation moisture.

Edit: Again, living in the Northeast, my old side marker fixtures were badly corroded (wire terminals, bulbs, sockets). I was constantly cleaning and spraying the old fixtures to keep them working. Hopefully the new LED fixtures will perform better.
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To be more protected against the moisture that could slip between the light module and the fiberglass, I apply buthyl all around before fixing it.

That's my way,
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These days it is pretty easy to find led replacement bulbs that fit all types of incandescent fixtures. On my Scamp I just replaced all the battery powered bulbs with leds, inside & out. The tug powered bulbs I left as incandescent.
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