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Old 10-09-2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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LED lights on awning roller?

I am determined to make my LED awning roller lights work without having to climb a ladder and plug them in each time we set up and without replacing the awning. Has anyone made this happen yet?

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Old 10-09-2014, 08:24 PM   #2
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Aim a 5 megawatt magnetron at them. Of course they will light up along with you and anything within 100 yards.
Good luck getting away without a ladder.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:50 PM   #3
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Aim a 5 megawatt magnetron at them. Of course they will light up along with you and anything within 100 yards.

Good luck getting away without a ladder.

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Who sells a 5 megawatt magnetron?

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Old 10-10-2014, 04:01 AM   #4
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Ours are in the roller but we don't ever unplug them. Just hit the switch and they're on!
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:52 AM   #5
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Hutch,
Please tell us how the cord for the lights works.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:10 AM   #6
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I'll look at it this weekend and report back.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:59 AM   #7
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Is it possible to see pictures of the awning light connection. Ihave them but use a quick connect to unplug them.A pictures tells a lot. thank you
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:30 PM   #8
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Not sure if it would work or not, but I have been thinking running the wire in the seam on the edge of the awning material, then it would just roll up with the awning.


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Old 10-10-2014, 05:02 PM   #9
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Not sure if it would work or not, but I have been thinking running the wire in the seam on the edge of the awning material, then it would just roll up with the awning.


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Hi Scott
I tried that already and it will not work. The awning material stretched and wire didn't and rolled up very uneven.
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On our last two we put the led strip on the motor home just under were the awning connects the strip lights the area under the entire awning
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On the 2014s the power wire is run in the edge of the awning. It rolls up with the awning. The wire is very small 22ga wire I would guess. Honestly it does not look all that durable, but not any force so it will hopefully hold up overtime. Like they said, just hit the switch
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I tried that already and it will not work. The awning material stretched and wire didn't and rolled up very uneven.

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Thanks Jesse, glad I did not waist my time trying that.


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I am determined to make my LED awning roller lights work without having to climb a ladder and plug them in each time we set up and without replacing the awning. Has anyone made this happen yet?

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Jesse, is this a add-on or factory? I added a LED strip to my coach and located it under the awning on the slide face above the window. It has a remote. The only drawback is that the LED controller interferes with the thermostat(). The lights must be off to get the thermostat to work correctly. But, my point is, if you added the lights replace them with the stick-on LED strip. I didn't pay much for mine and that may be the problem.

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Jesse, is this a add-on or factory? I added a LED strip to my coach and located it under the awning on the slide face above the window. It has a remote. The only drawback is that the LED controller interferes with the thermostat(). The lights must be off to get the thermostat to work correctly. But, my point is, if you added the lights replace them with the stick-on LED strip. I didn't pay much for mine and that may be the problem.

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Hi Rick
It is an add on but same as factory.
The interference may be from the power source you chose. Could be bleeding back from a common ground.
https://plus.google.com/101316903016...ts/9jeYxnBJXpU

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Hi Rick
It is an add on but same as factory.
The interference may be from the power source you chose. Could be bleeding back from a common ground.
https://plus.google.com/101316903016...ts/9jeYxnBJXpU

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Your awning system is the same as mine except for the redesign of the roller tube. Yours has an extra track for the LED strip.

I just saw (and can't find now) a post on this forum about making a slip ring contractor for the light to be controlled from a switch. The op was having to climb a ladder and disconnect the lights and that was the motivator. It seems to me that CareFree or the LED vender must have something like this available that is designed for longevity in weather exposure.

Here is a manufacture of what I am talking about. More research is needed for this application. MP100 Pancake Slip Rings - Moflon Slipring

Hope you solve your problem.

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Your awning system is the same as mine except for the redesign of the roller tube. Yours has an extra track for the LED strip.

I just saw (and can't find now) a post on this forum about making a slip ring contractor for the light to be controlled from a switch. The op was having to climb a ladder and disconnect the lights and that was the motivator. It seems to me that CareFree or the LED vender must have something like this available that is designed for longevity in weather exposure.

Here is a manufacture of what I am talking about. More research is needed for this application. MP100 Pancake Slip Rings - Moflon Slipring

Hope you solve your problem.

Rick Y

Hi Rick
My roller doesn't have the extra track for the LED. It is a stick on ordered from the awning manufacture that manufactured the LED awning installed on the 2014 Tour. I recently designed and installed a slip ring to keep from having to climb the ladder each time. The attached video is my completed conversion. The video and construction pictures or on "2013 Tour Tips"

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Ok, went out to the RV today to look at the LED light strip on the awning roller. There is a small wire coming out of the RV and then inside the side hem of the awning down to the roller. So, the wire rolls up with the awning. With the light strip at the roller end of the awning (instead of the wall of the RV under the awning connection point), you can aim the light where ever you want it by where the roller stops when you unroll it.
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My roller doesn't have the extra track for the LED. It is a stick on ordered from the awning manufacture that manufactured the LED awning installed on the 2014 Tour. I recently designed and installed a slip ring to keep from having to climb the ladder each time. The attached video is my completed conversion. The video and construction pictures or on "2013 Tour Tips"

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Your the clever guy I saw and didn't remember where. That was a nice job.

My LED strip was one of the cheapies. I stuck it under the awning case to the side wall of the slide. I drilled a hole() through the side from inside the speaker enclosure for the IR pickup and power feed to pass through. The remote sensor is in the enclosure and the power comes from the reading light in the cabinet bottom.

I have a strange problem though. When the LED strip is on the light is wonderful. I can do the disco flash or a bunch of other color combinations. The problem is that the controller is emitting some sort of signal that is interfering with the thermostat on the HVAC system. I discovered this when the thermostat was resetting to 00 and the gas furnaces was coming on with the heatpump. A call to Aiexcel helped me find this to be the culprit. So, we only use our LED patio when we are out there and are not concerned about the A/C or heat.

So the adventures continue...

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These LED controllers use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to control the lights.
They provide a full voltage to the LED, but only turn it on for a short time. The dimmer the setting, the shorter the on time. This causes a lot of RF interference.

If you could remove the remote control, and just connect directly to your 12V, this would remove the RF. Check if your LED strips have the small square resistors mounted on the tape. If so, you can connect to the full 12V.

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These LED controllers use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to control the lights.
They provide a full voltage to the LED, but only turn it on for a short time. The dimmer the setting, the shorter the on time. This causes a lot of RF interference.

If you could remove the remote control, and just connect directly to your 12V, this would remove the RF. Check if your LED strips have the small square resistors mounted on the tape. If so, you can connect to the full 12V.

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Thanks for me. Of course. PWM is very noisy. I have considered putting a filter on the power line but that might not be enough. The total length of the LED strip may be a antenna. For now I am living with it. Your suggestion is valid and will work in this case. If I tie all three colors together it would give 'white' light but no control.

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