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Old 12-17-2010
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I have moved all of the posts relating to updating the dash gauge lights with LED's, that was over on EL Dash Panel Inverter Replacement to this thread, to keep things on topic.
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Thanks, that's helpful. For others that have replaced lights and run into the same problems, have your solutions been different?
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I did the tail light upgrade some time ago. I used an air sander with small 2" sanding disk to remove very little housing material to get them to fit. The wiring was the same as described.
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M.R. - question: I understand the use of the extraction tool to get the pins out, but why is a crimp tool needed if you are not replacing the pins themselves (or are you)?
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why is a crimp tool needed if you are not replacing the pins themselves (or are you)?
At the time it wasn't clear the originals would survive, so replacement pins, seals, and shells were purchased along with the tools from McMaster.

(I'm a retired field engineer, so it is difficult to resist acquiring, at modest cost, a new tool to do a job correctly. Crimping tools are an extreme example.)



A pet peeve: "exact" replacements which aren't. I have no home base, or alternative lodgings; therefore, I would prefer to be able to complete a task in one session without multiple trips for additional supplies and tools.



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Thanks. I've ordered an extraction set and will hold off on the pins and crimp tool.
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Hello all,

I want to share my latest mod with you. Perhaps others have done this, but I have not seen it yet.

This is one of the easiest and biggest bang for the buck upgrades I have done in the past three years.

70s and 80s Birds were not made with the benefit of the indirect up-lighting that was standard on newer coaches. I always thought this was a nice feature. For a while I have been thinking the channel that runs behind the top airplane compartment doors would nicely accommodate rope lighting. Until recently, most of this stuff was incandescent and got hot and used a fair amount of power.

Well, the new style LED rope lighting seems to be a great alternative. I purchased 3 18' sections at Lowes. Each section uses less than 12 watts! The sections can be linked together up to 300'. I have been experimenting for the past week and so far, so good!

I completed the front using two sections and these are plugged into the duplex outlet just above the half closet forward of the door in our FC. I used the three position "Watch Dog" security timer appliance that came with the coach to switch it to either "always on" "off" or "security" (random timer). There is some slack in the loop so I ran the extra into the forward compartment and front side compartments and these are now lit as well.

In the bedroom I used one 18' run and this is powered by the switched outlet and controlled at the overhead bed console. Again, there is extra to light the interior of all three bedroom cabinets. Only 12 watts and no heat.

These are so efficient, they will be very helpful all the time and particularly for dry camping while running off the inverter. They give off plenty of light to move around and see but not glaring. Great for movies, tv, computer use.

I love the way this came out and am thinking about running a j channel to insert lighting in the recesses along the top of the bathroom wall and through the kitchen but will hold off on that for now.

I highly recommend this mod.

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Bill that is a great upgrade. It really lightens up the interior.
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NICE!!
There was a bird owner named Jerry Miller that had red rope lights around that area in his bird.
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I like it Bill. Got me thinking.
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Good idea. I always felt that the lighting was wanting. It needed to light the ceiling, but until the advent of the LED it was not prectical.
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