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Old 02-02-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:35 PM   #2
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I suggest you remove the top end of the handle. See if it has a hole to insert an LED or can be drilled out to place one. Then you'll have to drill into the area behind the handle cap and fish a couple of wires up to the outside light. I did it on my entry handle and enjoy the extra 'dazzle.' It'd be smart to buy an LED that already has a resistor built in for 12 v use.
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:35 PM   #3
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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.
Me too!
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:41 PM   #4
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Here is a link to a light available on eBay. I bought one to replace my light that had gone bad.

Mine is mounted in the bottom of the handle. There is enough space below the lucite bar for the light to fit and the wires extend through the bottom of the chrome end.
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:59 PM   #5
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Wow, that's a lot for a simple LED lamp. Here's 30 12 v LED assemblies with built in limiting resistor.
30pcs 5mm White 20000MCD LED Lamps Light Set 20cm Pre Wired 9V 12V DC | eBay

You could use 2 or 3 in the handle cap. I suggest the top because it just seems better for weatherproofing the wires and hole. I was going to suggest going to Radio Shack, I've bought these kinds of things there before, but it appears they've shut the doors!
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Once you get enough nerve to drill thru the sidewall, the installation is pretty easy. Our step has a light that comes on whenever the door is opened, I spliced into that circuit (there is a timer that turns off the circuit if the door is left open).
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Once you get enough nerve to drill thru the sidewall, the installation is pretty easy. ).
Ditto. For my Ellipse, I just went to a Monaco dealer and purchased a replacement bulb for their lighted grab handles. There was plenty room for it inside the chrome housing and I ran wires through the side of the coach into a lighted rocker switch near the passenger arm rest.

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Old 02-02-2015, 04:51 PM   #8
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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.
I found the lighted version of my 18" handle on Amazon. I'll take my existing handle off and check to see if provisions were made for lighting. If not, I might just spring for the version that came with the light from the manufacturer.

The Amazon web page has the handle design diagram and also a picture from Winnebago with the handle on their motorhomes.

Amazon.com: ITC (86436-SS/CL-18-DB) IllumaGrip III 18" Polished Stainless Steel Lighted Assist Handle: Automotive
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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.
Found the OEM light that goes inside the grab handle.

http://www.amazon.com/ITC-86430-LED-...0+led+assembly


Here's the company that makes the grab handles and also lighting and plumbing, etc. They have downloadable instructions on how to install the light into the handle.

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That's exactly what I used. The diameter of the light assembly was slightly smaller than the inside diameter of the grab bar. I slipped the light assembly into a short length of vinyl hose and revised assembly had a nice friction fit into the grab bar.
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That's exactly what I used. The diameter of the light assembly was slightly smaller than the inside diameter of the grab bar. I slipped the light assembly into a short length of vinyl hose and revised assembly had a nice friction fit into the grab bar.
Sounds good. I ordered one last night. On my unit there is a blank cover plate on the inside wall by the door that is right about even with the outside assist handle. I've never taken it off but I'll see if that gives access to wiring. It could be a spot to put a switch in for it also.

I'll remember your procedure when it comes time to install mine! Thanks for the tip!
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WOW - Amazing responses. Thanks everyone! Looks like I have a project.
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On my unit there is a blank cover plate on the inside wall by the door that is right about even with the outside assist handle.
On our Vista there was an aluminum stud between the access hole behind the cover plate and the mounting location of the grab handle. I just drilled an angled hole in the stud and installed a short length of 1/4" vinyl tubing thru the sidewall to protect the wiring.
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On our Vista there was an aluminum stud between the access hole behind the cover plate and the mounting location of the grab handle. I just drilled an angled hole in the stud and installed a short length of 1/4" vinyl tubing thru the sidewall to protect the wiring.
Ah ha! Ok, now I have the whole procedure laid out in my mind. It's a piece of cake. I'll wait for warmer weather and get it done. I'm thinking of doing a couple of other things in that area at the same time. One is better/more step-well lighting and a LED strip to better illuminate the exterior steps. I think that the OEM yellow step light can be improved upon. Thanks!
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