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Old 02-03-2015, 09:14 PM   #15
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Our OEM handle(says Ultimate on it vertically) has a 12" LED strip light inside,top to bottom. That's when I discovered LED's have been used by Winnebago at least since May 2000. I have no idea if they are still available from W.
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:56 AM   #16
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I just purchased this led bulb and socket from O'Reilly for $12. Used a plastic lid to make a bushing to hold it in the handle base. Works like a champ.
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Old 02-06-2015, 04:41 PM   #17
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I took my grab bar off of my 2013 vista to look n see what this job looked like. The inside was full of water. Anyone else have this? I guess i need to caulk when i put it back together.
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Old 02-06-2015, 04:47 PM   #18
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Problem could have been it was too caulked before, trapping water in the fixture. You might think of adding a drain hole or at least a small gap in the caulking at the bottom of each piece to allow water to drain.
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:39 PM   #19
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Good call, a drain hole in the bottom sounds like the plan
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:40 AM   #20
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Has anyone added lighting to the outside grab bar on a 2014 Vista? It has chrome ends and acrylic or Lucite middle with what appears to be fiber optic threads running through it. I'd like to wire it into the porch light circuit. The picture is sideways.
Hi Andy. The material looks the same as used on my Meridian. I did the upgrade on my coach. The LED is available from several sources. I'll try to post one before I finish this post. Your biggest problem is finding power. If you have a console behind the handle you are golden. If you wish to power it from the porch light switch and it is located behind the handle area it is even better.

(Found the part: LED Replacement Light for Illumagrip Assist Handles, 86430-LED Assembly. You could look for this at Radio Shack.)

The light is mounted in the bottom of the arm. It is less likely to fill with water. It slips into the chrome handle and can be held in place with a small piece of foam rubber or something like that. Drill a hole through the coach wall large enough for the wires to fit. Use a good caulking when putting the handle back on. You can put some aluminum foil in the upper handle as a reflector. It may oxidize with moisture over time.

I hope you can do this upgrade. Looking forward to your success post.

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Old 02-08-2015, 03:09 PM   #21
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Great thread, thanks for starting it. From day 1 i thought winnebago should have installed the light from the factory. I ordered the light from amazon on friday and received it today, Sunday. I completed the job in less than an hour. Now waiting for the sun to go down to see how it looks.
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:24 PM   #22
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Great thread, thanks for starting it. From day 1 i thought winnebago should have installed the light from the factory. I ordered the light from amazon on friday and received it today, Sunday. I completed the job in less than an hour. Now waiting for the sun to go down to see how it looks.
Mine arrived from Amazon Friday. Haven't gotten a chance to install it yet. Was the stainless steel end cap removable from the clear plastic piece or was it glued?
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:39 PM   #23
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Grab bar on Itasca Sunova 37l

I chuckled when I saw the first post. I have had so many people say how do you turn on your grab bar or your grab bar is not lit ! This might have to be another project.

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Old 02-08-2015, 05:01 PM   #24
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The stainless steel cap was glued and i did not need to remove it anyway. I pushed the light in toward the curve, pushed the excess wires in and padded it by stuffing a plastic bag in from behind. Still need to caulk the outside.
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Old 02-08-2015, 05:39 PM   #25
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Finished product!
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:08 PM   #26
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Finished product!
Looks great to me! Thanks for the answer on rather the end cap was glued on or not. Someone else above mentioned that they had put the light into a piece of 3/4" vinyl hose and then stuffed it into the end cap. Sounds like your solution works well also.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:38 PM   #27
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I just ordered the light for my 2008 Itasca Meridian. Which switch did you connect it to for the power?
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:48 AM   #28
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Connected to the little inside light next to the steps on the right side when exiting. That light comes on when the outside light is on and is on the same switch. So, when the outside light is on so is the grab bar.
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