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Old 08-01-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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2012 Itasca Meridian ceiling light covers

The ceiling light covers seem impossible to remove. I want to replace the halogens with LEDs but can't get the covers loose. I haven't had this problem with other units. Am I just getting old and weak or is there a trick I don't know about?
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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Mine screw on like a cap on a jar of pickles, I had to use a rubber bottle opener to get a good grip on one.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:01 PM   #3
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If they are the same as 2011 I found pushing up while twisting seemed to help. You do not have to twist very far an inch or so. Some were much worse than others. A jar lid gripper would help.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:12 PM   #4
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The ceiling light covers seem impossible to remove. I want to replace the halogens with LEDs but can't get the covers loose. I haven't had this problem with other units. Am I just getting old and weak or is there a trick I don't know about?
Once I decided that the covers would not break with just the force I can exert, I got the covers removed and the HOT halogens replaced with COOL LEDs. The decrease in heat is remarkable.
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Try pushing up and turning at the same time, worked for me on my Tour
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:22 AM   #6
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dlovitt, could you share which led you used. I would like to do same as the heat measured at my glass covers is around 180, and I think over time it will discolor the ceiling vinyl.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:20 PM   #7
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dlovitt, could you share which led you used. I would like to do same as the heat measured at my glass covers is around 180, and I think over time it will discolor the ceiling vinyl.
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I bought them over a year ago and do not remember where. I do recall that it was a marine supply house at of Miami? You can Google RV LED lights and I am sure you will find multiple sources. They are not cheap: therefore we are doing a few at a time.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:46 PM   #8
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I purchased the LED from EBAY, link attached. They are pretty good, not as bright as I thought they would be as they are rated about the same as the 10W Halogens. But work well enough that I replaced almost all the ceiling halogens with them.

G4 12 SMD 5050 LED Bulb Lamp light 12V Pure White Light Car Auto US fast ship | eBay

The one issue is they are polarity sensitive and some of the lights I had to reverse the wiring going to the fixture to get the polarity correct for the lamp. Strange that some of the fixtures did not require re-wiring but over half did, made replacing them take a bit longer.
They really do help with the heat from those lights.

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Old 08-04-2012, 09:40 PM   #9
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dlovitt, could you share which led you used. I would like to do same as the heat measured at my glass covers is around 180, and I think over time it will discolor the ceiling vinyl.
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A miracle! I found the invoice from Sailorsams.com. I bought item # svc-Lg4s10cw; 10-30 volt DC LED bulb with side pins. No polarity problems and the light IMHO is pleasing.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:08 AM   #10
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Thanks a bunch, will look into them.

We will be at the SKP Escapade in Sept, they usually have a vender there. Will see what they have before I buy.

Ditto on the rubber jar lid remover, works great. Don't let one fall, they make a big mess when the hit the floor. Tech dropped one when replacing bulb. We were finding slivers for a week after.

Our ceiling units use 20 watt bulbs, while the cabinet mounted units use 10 watt.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:07 PM   #11
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Halogen Replacements

Got my LED replacements from RVupgradestore.com.
Bought them by the 10-pack and replaced all the puck lights in the ceiling.

Contoure LED G4 Bulb 2.4 Watt With Side Pins - 10 Pack.
Took 4 10-packs to do them all so not cheap but definitely worth it from a heat perspective. No issues with polarity, just plug and play.

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