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Old 06-14-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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RGB LED Lights around Belly Band

Thought I would share my idea on how I am going to put led strip lights around the belly band to create Party Scamp!!

I estimate it will cost $60 or $70.

Initially, I just purchased some led strip lights with adhesive backing that I was going to simply stick to the underside. But they didn't bend enough around the curves, so it was back to the drawing board. Besides, I don't think they would have lasted a year before falling off.

I also could have done rope lights, but that would be too easy!

So, on some random forum, someone suggest Pex tubing (for plumbing). It's about $30 for 50 feet. Well I just happen to have some left over from a project, so let the fun begin!

I drilled holes on the underside of the 1/2" Pex big enough to fit a screwhead thru, then drilled pilot holes in band, and then installed the screws. I used clamps and moved them as needed. I believe it will be fairly weather proof, until the Pex fades at least.

I'll post more as the project continues.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:12 PM   #2
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nice idea !!!! . I find the trick with them how ever is you need to bounce the light of something letting the light mix its self with the colors from the other bulbs in not you just see little cooler spots
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:26 PM   #3
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I'm hoping the Pex diffuses the LEDs a bit. They are quite bright on their own. Here is a pic of the Pex all the way around.
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:08 PM   #4
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Ok, I used fish tape to pull the two led strips from both directions to the point where they meet. I have a power center right below the sink, so that's where I am pulling the wires to. I am bringing the wire thru a screw hole that holds the sink cabinet in place. The hole is right below the belly band, so it is hidden. Being that it's an old trailer, the bolt fell out a long time ago, so I didn't actually remove the bolt to do this operation. I should have this baby fired up tonight!
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:50 PM   #5
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.... I should have this baby fired up tonight!
PICTURES!!!!
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:48 PM   #6
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There are single and RGB exterior LEDs already inside tubing w/3M adhesive double face tape attached and ready to go on Ebay. Several of the awing manufacturers also offer this for lighting at the end of the awning roll. (The key work is "Exterior")


I have about 18' of it (White LED's only) around the inside of the dinette/sleeping area of my Hunter. It's been adhered to the IKEA curtain track for almost a year without problems.



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I would love to see a night time pic with the lights on. I was going to run LED's under the trailer but now thinking the belly band idea may be better.

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Ok, I used fish tape to pull the two led strips from both directions to the point where they meet. I have a power center right below the sink, so that's where I am pulling the wires to. I am bringing the wire thru a screw hole that holds the sink cabinet in place. The hole is right below the belly band, so it is hidden. Being that it's an old trailer, the bolt fell out a long time ago, so I didn't actually remove the bolt to do this operation. I should have this baby fired up tonight!
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:42 AM   #8
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Here are some pics and a vid. They look even brighter when it's completely dark.

The reason I installed them was for the music festivals we camp at, but I think they would actually be useful too. If you've ever boon-docked in BFE where it is pitch black, these throw off 360 degrees of light around the camper, so you can see if there are any critters lurking nearby before you step out.

If anyone is interested in more details, lemme know.
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Fantastic! I love it!
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Added Cree led fog lights for reverse lights, too.


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If you travel at night, do you drive with them on?
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If you travel at night, do you drive with them on?
Technically I could but I would be asking to get pulled over.
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what awning setup do you have?
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:14 PM   #15
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Its a Catalina 2500. It came that way from the factory.
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I think this is totally COOL! I've got quite the light show for gatherings. The Scamp had yellow LEDs around the belly band (held on with deck clips). Hummm, no belly band like that on Ten Forward. Guess I'll just need to lay them out under the trailer as shown on post 10. Look out folks coming to the Fall NOG!
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:15 PM   #17
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Very nice Donna! I actually am in the process of doing something similar. I bought some LED "fairy" lights for the awning. I am going to run everything off of battery power. I tried shopping for LED strip lights (similar to yours, with big bulbs) but they were more than I wanted to spend.
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Chad, it's just fun stuff. I typically don't have any outdoor lights except the one on Ten Forward by the door. But egg gatherings, be bright!

eBay is a great source for battery powered LEDs (or solar). The ones around the belly band in my picture are the small bulbs. Plenty bright!
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Love the lights!
Gotta have some glam for rallies and, as I discovered this year, trying to find a dark trailer, at night, in the desert, is really, really hard.
(next time I'll be channeling that motel 6 guy and be 'leaving a light on').

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Plus all the cool kids are doing it. haha.
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