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Old 02-27-2018, 06:04 PM   #1
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LED Strip lighting under the awning 2015

I have to ask this because I cannot get close enough to see for myself, just too much snow around the Montana. On the 2015 is the led light strip up and under the awning glued on or is it in some type of track? The reason is that I want to change it to something other than the ultra bright white that attracts so many bugs. My dealer has a setup that you can pick almost any primary color or combinations of colors. The parts person told me that this after market is glued on.

Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:29 PM   #2
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I haven't gotten up there and looked but most of the LED strip lighting like that has self adhesive backing on it and is typically fairly easy to remove. If that is the case you should be able to take a plastic putty knife (a razor blade might cut into the trailer finish) and scrape off the current lights.


Multicolored LED strip lighting is readily available (its called RGB=red green blue or RGBW=red, green, blue, white or RGBA=amber instead of white--makes better pastels) Hey my hobby is stage lighting give me a break.


Aspect is a good source on the web. Nice thing about LED is you can get it in 12 volt DC which makes it easy to power and Aspect has controllers with remotes that allow you to setup all sorts of color variations. Should be simply a matter of peeling off the old and replacing it with the new if you can find where the wiring is behind the cabinets. One warning though, while you can pull power from the current wiring multicolor will require additional conductors going to the actual strip (one for each color plus a common). Good news is that LED strip lighting that short pulls very little wattage so even telephone wire may suffice from the controller to the strip at least. You will need a controller but they are dirt cheap and can be mounted inside your trailer to protect them. Use heat shrink to weatherproof the connections and keep the wiring tidy. You can still use the power wire and main switch to get power to the controller. Just be sure what voltage you are working with up there (most likely it will be 12volt but verify non the less).






I know this all sounds complicated but it really isn't.



Another option is to add the new thin rope lighting that will fit inside the track in the roller tube. You will have to figure out how to run the wiring out there to operate it but it is an option and I am fairly sure you can get that stuff in multicolor as well.
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Old 02-27-2018, 08:39 PM   #3
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The lights on mine are in a channel
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Old 02-28-2018, 06:11 AM   #4
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The lights on mine are in a channel
That would be better. I didnít know they made channel for LED strip lights. Now I am curious where to get it....
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:15 AM   #5
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Had the channel remove on ours since the weather made it warp. Just used 3M tape to attach new led strip.
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:59 AM   #6
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Just adhesive on our 2015.
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:57 AM   #7
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Finally had the awning out on ours and it looks like the lights are in a track that is attached to the awning material
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:20 AM   #8
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Ours don't work.

It's on our list for warranty issues which we will get attended to early next month.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:30 AM   #9
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Mine were on a track. Went to remove the track to change lighting and it was extremely difficult to do; so, removed the lights from the channel and put new lights into the channel using double sided 3M automotive tape.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:37 PM   #10
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I removed the channel, very not so easy. then replaced the lights with 3m tape. my channel was warping also.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:48 AM   #11
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we had our awning material replaced and the installer had to remove the LED channel. he did warn us that that channel will probably break and it did. after awning was installed he put LED back up under the awning using double sided tape and its working great. installer also mentioned that this channel was one of the worst ideas he has come across on all the awnings he repairs.
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